Aubrey de Grey, British researcher on aging, claims he has drawn a roadmap to defeat biological aging. He provocatively proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born.

A true maverick, Aubrey de Grey challenges the most basic assumption underlying the human condition – that aging is inevitable. He argues instead that aging is a disease – one that can be cured if it’s approached as “an engineering problem.” His plan calls for identifying all the components that cause human tissue to age, and designing remedies for each of them – forestalling disease and eventually pushing back death. He calls the approach ‘Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).

With his astonishingly long beard, wiry frame and penchant for bold and cutting proclamations, de Grey is a magnet for controversy. A computer scientist, self-taught biogerontologist and researcher, he has co-authored journal articles with some of the most respected scientists in the field.

But the scientific community doesn’t know what to make of him. In July 2005, the MIT Technology Review challenged scientists to disprove de Grey’s claims, offering a $20,000 prize (half the prize money was put up by de Grey’s Methuselah Foundation) to any molecular biologist who could demonstrate that “SENS is so wrong that it is unworthy of learned debate.”

Podcast interview with Dr de Grey:

Tickets for Aubrey’s talk:

Praise for Aubrey:

“Aubrey de Grey is a man of ideas, and he has set himself toward the goal of transforming the basis of what it means to be human.” — MIT Technology Review

” Dr de Grey is hardly just another fountain-of-youth huckster. His it-might-work ideas are based on existing, published, peer-reviewed research. He thinks more like an engineer than a scientist. If even one of his proposals works, it could mean years of extended healthy living.” Paul Boutin, — “The Wall Street Journal”

  • Doors will open 7pm, with the talk beginning at 8pm – giving you a chance to grab a drink and connect with like-minded people before the talk.
  • Venue: Boondocks London, 205 City Road, London EC1V 1JT


Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Mountain View, California, USA, Cambridge, UK, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to combating the aging process.

He is also Editor-in-Chief of “Rejuvenation Research”, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed academic journal focused on intervention in aging. SENS Research Foundation’s work encompasses the etiology of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molceular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage.

He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for such repair, termed Straegies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks the aging problem down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one.

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