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90 is the New 50: The Science of Longevity

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Sunday, June 1, 2008
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Rosenthal Pavilion

Will it one day be possible to take a pill to stay young? How will an average life expectancy of beyond a hundred years affect society and the planet? Our audience joined leading longevity researchers Robert Butler, David Sinclair and Richard Weindruch, along with embryonic stem cell biologist Renee Reijo Pera, to investigate the facts and implications surrounding scientific developments — emerging technologies, novel therapies, and innovative medical practices — that forecast a radical extension of a healthy human life. Featuring a special performance by acclaimed singer, Marilyn Maye.


  • Faith Salie

    TV & Radio Personality Faith Salie is a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me. A veteran of public radio, she co-hosts the podcast RelationShow, which often takes an irreverently scientific look at love, sex, and relationships. More »
  • David Sinclair

    Pathologist David Sinclair’s research focuses upon the search for genes and small molecules capable of slowing the pace of aging in cells and on preventing diseases associated with old age. He is an associate professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School and an associate member of the Harvard-MIT Broad Institute for Bioinformatics. More »
  • Marilyn Maye

    Singer Marilyn Maye is an award-winning, renowned jazz singer who has been named an Official Jazz Legend by the American Jazz Museum. She has been onstage with many of the greatest jazz performers, including Count Basie, Charlie "Bird" Parker, and Big Joe Turner. More »
  • Robert Butler

    Gerontologist, Psychiatrist, Pulitzer Prize in Letters (General Non-Fiction) Robert Butler is a pioneer in gerontology — the study of aging and its biological, psychological, and social implications. His book, Why Survive? Being Old in America, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1976. Butler is director and CEO of the U.S. branch of the International Longevity Center in New York City. More »
  • Richard Weindruch

    Gerontologist Richard Weindruch has devoted decades to exploring extreme low-calorie diets and their promise in delaying aging. He is a professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin, and the director and co-founder of LifeGen Technologies. He is also a scientist with the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. More »
  • Renee Reijo Pera

    Embryonic-Stem-Cell Biologist Reijo Pera is a professor and the Director of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education Center at Stanford University. Her research is aimed at understanding the developmental genetics of human germ cell formation and differentiation. Her early work resulted in identification of one of the first genes specifically implicated in human germ cell development. More »