Organization:Life Extension Advocacy Foundation

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The Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was co-founded in 2014 by Keith Comito, Oliver Medvedik, Richard Kaufman and Apneet Jolly, and based in New York City , New York (state), United States . Its mission is to support fundamental research on the main mechanisms of aging and age-related diseases and educate the public on the possibility of bringing aging under medical control in order to prevent, postpone and cure age-related diseases. Its activities include a news outlet covering aging research,[1] an annual scientific conference on aging in New York City,[2] and the nonprofit crowdfunding platform[3] As of 2020, the platform has hosted eight successful campaigns, including three research projects by SENS Research Foundation.

News outlet

LEAF established its news outlet in 2016 with the goal of educating the public on the progress in aging and longevity research. As of 2020, it contains over 900 news articles, including over 90 interviews with aging and rejuvenation researchers, such as Aubrey de Grey, Judith Campisi, Brian Kennedy, Steve Horvath, David Sinclair, and Gregory Fahy.

In 2018, LEAF interviewed the Russian geriatrician Valery Novoselov on the questionable case of Jeanne Calment’s exceptional longevity.[4]

Scientific conference

Ending Age-Related Diseases: Investment Prospects and Advances in Research (EARD) is an annual scientific conference hosted by LEAF in New York City in the summer. It is focused on biomarkers of aging, fundamental studies on aging, the development of rejuvenation therapies for humans, and investment and regulatory aspects of the longevity industry.[5][6]

Crowdfunding platform

LEAF’s non-profit crowdfunding platform is dedicated to supporting fundamental and early-stage studies on aging. As of 2020, it helped to collect over $390,000 in support of eight research projects, including three projects by SENS Research Foundation - OncoSENS, MitoSENS[7] and MitoMouse.

Outreach and advocacy

LEAF maintains a variety of outreach activities. Members of the organizations give talks at scientific and public events, appear on television,[8] give press interviews.[9][10][11] In 2017 and 2018, as a part of its outreach activities, LEAF provided scientific advice to help Youtube channels Kurzgesagt and Life Noggin create educational popular science videos about biological aging and the potential of regenerative medicine.[12][13][14] As of 2020, these videos have over 11 million views in total.

See also


  1. LEAF News Outlet
  2. Ending Age-Related Diseases: Investment Prospects and Advances in Research
  4. Milova, Elena (December 4, 2018). "Valery Novoselov: Investigating Jeanne Calment’s Longevity Record". LEAF news outlet
  5. Bahnsen, Ulrich (July 12, 2019). "Forscher wollen das Altern besiegt haben (Researchers want aging to be defeated)". Zeit Online.
  6. Manzocco, Roberto (September 3, 2019). "L’industria biotech della longevità è pronta (Longevity biotechnology industry is ready)". Il Sole 24 Ore
  7. Boominathan A et al. (November 2016). "Stable nuclear expression of ATP8 and ATP6 genes rescues a mtDNA Complex V null mutant". Nucleic acids research. 44(19): 9342-9357. doi:10.1093/nar/gkw756. PMID 27596602.
  8. Comito, Keith (November 3, 2018). "The Science Of Extending Life". The Young Turks
  9. Mangena, Ancillar (September 6, 2018). You Only Live Twice.. Forbes Africa
  10. Shipacheva, Daria (September 6, 2019). "Вечно молодой, вечно трезвый: чем занимаются люди, мечтающие обрести бессмертие (Always young, always sober: what people dreaming of immortality are doing)". Forbes
  11. Milova, Elena (August 5, 2019). "«Сегодня человек способен только замедлить старение» – Елена Милова из Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (“Today, people can only slow down aging” - Elena Milova from Life Extension Advocacy Foundation)". Biohacking Conference Moscow
  12. Kurzgesagt (October 20, 2017). "Why Age? Should We End Aging Forever?". Kurzgesagt
  13. Kurzgesagt (November 3, 2017). "How to Cure Aging – During Your Lifetime?". Kurzgesagt
  14. Life Noggin (September 20, 2018). "Live 200 Years? This Is How You Could Do It.". Life Noggin