Life Extension Advocacy Foundation

Non-profit organization
Life Extension Advocacy Foundation
Founded2014; 8 years ago (2014)
FoundersKeith Comito, Oliver Medvedik, Richard Kaufman, Apneet Jolly
FocusLife extension
  • New York City, New York, USА
Area served
MethodNews outlet, scientific conferences, crowdfunding platform

The Life Extension Advocacy Foundation (LEAF) is a non-profit organization with mission 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. It was founded in 2014 and is based in New York City, New York, USA.

Its activities include a news outlet covering aging research,[1] an annual scientific conference on aging in New York City,[2][3] and the nonprofit crowdfunding platform[4] 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.[5]

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.[6][7]

Crowdfunding platform

LEAF’s non-profit crowdfunding platform is dedicated to supporting fundamental and early-stage studies on aging. As of 2020,[update] it helped to collect over $390,000 in support of eight research projects, including three projects by SENS Research Foundation - OncoSENS, MitoSENS[8] 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,[9] and give press interviews.[10][11][12] In 2017 and 2018, as a part of its outreach activities, LEAF provided scientific advice to help the YouTube channels Kurzgesagt, Life Noggin, and CGP Grey create educational popular science videos about biological aging and the potential of regenerative medicine.[13][14][15]

See also

Wikiversity has learning resources about Life Extension Advocacy Foundation


  1. ^ LEAF News Outlet
  2. ^ Ending Age-Related Diseases: Investment Prospects & Advances in Research at the Wayback Machine (archived 2020-04-08)
  3. ^ "Celebrating Our Third Conference". 2021-04-04. Archived from the original on 2021-02-11.
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  5. ^ Milova, Elena (December 4, 2018). "Valery Novoselov: Investigating Jeanne Calment's Longevity Record". LEAF news outlet.
  6. ^ Bahnsen, Ulrich (2019-07-12). "Forscher wollen das Altern besiegt haben" [Researchers want aging to be defeated] (in German). Zeit Online.
  7. ^ Manzocco, Roberto (2019-09-03). "L'industria biotech della longevità è pronta" [Longevity biotechnology industry is ready] (in Italian). Il Sole 24 Ore.
  8. ^ Boominathan, Amutha; et al. (2016-09-04). "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. PMC 5100594. PMID 27596602.
  9. ^ Rebel HQ, Keith Comito (November 3, 2018). "The Science Of Extending Life". YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  10. ^ Mangena, Ancillar (2018-09-06). "You Only Live Twice". Forbes Africa.
  11. ^ Shipacheva, Daria (2019-09-06). "Вечно молодой, вечно трезвый: чем занимаются люди, мечтающие обрести бессмертие" [Always young, always sober: what people dreaming of immortality are doing]. Forbes (in Russian).
  12. ^ ""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] (in Russian). Biohacking Conference Moscow. 2019-08-05.
  13. ^ Kurzgesagt (October 20, 2017). "Why Age? Should We End Aging Forever?". YouTube.
  14. ^ Kurzgesagt (November 3, 2017). "How to Cure Aging – During Your Lifetime?". YouTube.
  15. ^ Life Noggin (September 20, 2018). "Live 200 Years? This Is How You Could Do It". YouTube.

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