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Maria Konovalenko
Moscow, Russia
Born in Mumansk, Russia. Close to Norway and Finland. Graduated from a Physics&Maths boarding school in St.Petersburg. Then went for the best technical education in Russia - Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Molecular Biophysics. Now working for the Science for LIfe Extension Foundation. I don't want to die myself and don't want the others to die. Don't want to age and get old, ugly and frail. I need to make an effort, so that aging could be defeated.
Interests: life, laughing, transhumanism, linguistics, biology, snowboarding, coffee, america, singing, shoes, karaoke, studying, iphone, courtney love, partying, soad, self-improvement, biotech, going out, fifth element, stem cells, marlene dietrich, biochemistry, gerontology, macbooks, eternal life, anti-aging, abercrombie&fitch, biogerontology, immortalism, changing hair color, not aging, fighting aging, technology development, different cities, smart conversations
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Posted Jan 2, 2011 at Maria Konovalenko
Have you both not read the abstract of the article? This is not a systematization of any kind. This is a list of main research areas that need to be the focus of investigations and development of late-onset therapies.
1. Not all of those people are old, even if so, it doesn't necessarily mean that they are not capable of looking into the future and seeing how beneficial life extension (and automatical simultaneous health improvement) is. 2. Overpopulation and wars are seeming threats. You can read why in my post About overpopulation. And even military agencies like the Dapartment of Defence invest a lot of money in initiatives like AFIRM, which focuses on regenerative medicine that is meant to significantly improve people's health and extend lives.
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I don't think that life can be dramatically extended only by supplements, diet regime, excercise and meditation techniques. Of cource, these things are useful, but they are not enough. Life extension requires extensive scientific research aimed at developing anti-aging therapies that would intervene into the fundamental mechnisms of aging.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2010 on Staring Into the Abyss of Aging? at Protandim Blog
This is a fashion fairy tail. Anyway, I'm not sure I understand what you mean.
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2010 on Lab Work at Maria Konovalenko
The authors are: Michael J. Rae, Robert N. Butler, Judith Campisi, Aubrey D. N. J. de Grey, Caleb E. Finch, Michael Gough, George M. Martin, Jan Vijg, Kevin M. Perrott, Barbara J. Logan. The article was published on July, 14. The authors advocate that funding of scientific research is substantailly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
Well, it depends on how you define caloric deficit. Caloric restriction is when one consumes about 30% less calories, than he normaly does. If one is an athlete, then the rule is still the same I guess, 30% less. I don't know what the avarage calorie intake is in active athletes to provide enough energy. But my guess is that 5000 kcal is far too much, and this regime can't be described as diet restriction. Anyway, I believe more studies are needed to distinguish the role of SIRT1 in low calorie diet and caloric deficit.
Toggle Commented Jul 30, 2010 on Low calorie diet and the brain at Maria Konovalenko
I am always very pleased to see new research results in the "misterious" area of neurophysiology of aging. One of the lastest is published in the July 28 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. A group of scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine found that the mediator of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
Yes, I was) Life is a miracle and we all must make effort to prolong it.
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I have just come back from a totally great vacation in Turkey. I stayed at the Adam&Eve hotel in Belek. Had a wonderful time! Now I'm going to the Systems Biology of Aging meeting in Newcastle, UK. Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
Why is it actually that life extension research is funded so insufficiently? Well, here is why. Of course, there are people who have money. And they're not averse to thinking about scientific research. It may turn out to be quite a useful thing. Moreover, one can make money out of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
The H+ Summit took place in Boston on June 12-13 at the Harward University Science Center. Here are some photos that I took at the meeting. Above pictured are the organizers David Orban and Alex Lightman introducing Andrea Kuszewski, who worked on enhancing the intelligence of the audience. Ray Kurzweil... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
Transhumanism is a philosophical movement which implies that the goal of every person is the development of scientific and technological progress dedicated to increasing the viability of a person, radical life extension, and providing unlimited broadening of the individual’s potential. Transhumanism is a concentrated expression of common sense. Everyone has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
There's this quite simple idea: to take two species similar in size and basic biology, but having a substantial difference in longevity, and figure out what’s the reason for this difference. What are the distinctions in the mechnisms of aging and stress resistance? It’s desirable to carry out this work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
Here is the updated edition of the Roadmap to Regenerative Medicine; the first one can be found here. Cell therapy and tissue engineering are described in more detail, than the rest of the scientific issues. I welcome everybody to take a look and add what's missing and/or change what's wrong.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
The relationship between the brain and aging is extremely interesting. Maybe, aging is to a large extent goverened by changes in the neuroendocrinal regulation, since it's one of the main regulatory systems in our body. Actually, the relation is in both ways: aging processes influence the brain and visa versa. Also, one of the things that may contribute to aging is the phycological aspect. And Sara, do you really believe in this indian fraud? No-one can survive without food or water for decades, not even for a month. This is a fairy-tale told by mass media or whoever was interested in this story. I just think we must be reasonable. Yes, I know, I also sometimes want to believe in miracles, but I really prefer logic and common sence. It's only the thing that are proven in scientific experiments that can help us prolong our life. Therefore, we need more research into the mechanisms of aging.
I hate to question the opinion of renowned scientists, but I do need to ask - well, what about the segregative type of aging then? It's when a part of the cell population ages, because of the assimetric redestribution of "old", damaged macromolecules between the mother and the dauther cells. I believe this can be seen in bacteria.
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Here are the main questions in the Biology of Aging. I suggest that the specialists should extend the list of questions. And maybe, formulate the problems in more detail. Everybody is welcome to express their opinion and suggest some answers.1. What are the mechanisms responsible for the differences in life... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko
I just couldn't walk past this article in PNAS about the miracles that happen to one strain of lab mice - MRL. These guys can fully close ear holes made for labeling purposes in order to mark a mouse for its whole life; in these animals the holes turn out... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Maria Konovalenko