09. February 2016 · Comments Off on Groundbreaking Scientific Results Prove that the Proposition of Human Medical Biostasis has Potential and Needs to be Brought into Mainstream Scientific and Medical Focus · Categories: Cryonics, News

Breaking News [Media Press Package with additional detail]

A team from 21st Century Medicine has developed a technology that has been independently verified to enable near-perfect, long-term structural preservation of a whole intact mammalian brain.

This new breakthrough just won the Brain Preservation Prize – five years after it was launched by the Brain Preservation Foundation (BPF).

“One of the, if not THE, most important scientific results in the history of medical biostasis and cryonics has been accomplished” Aschwin de Wolf, President of The Institute for Evidence-Based Cryonics

According to the BPF, 21st Century Medicine narrowly beat a team led by Dr. Shawn Mikula at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology (published last year in Nature Methods).

In addition to proof of this accomplishment and the full 21st Century Medicine “Aldehyde-Stabilized Cryopreservation” protocol recently being published in the journal Cryobiology, it was also independently verified by the BPF through extensive electron microscopic examination.

 

 

 

 

 

The prize was independently judged by neuroscientists Dr. Sebastian Seung, Professor at Princeton University and Dr. Kenneth Hayworth, President of the BPF.

“Imagine being able save, and at low temperatures, indefinitely preserve people who can no longer be sustained by contemporary medicine so that future medicine can both revive them and restore their health – these results provide strong support of that being possible”

Dr. JP de Magalhães, Chair of the UK Cryonics and Cryopreservation Research Network

This follows recent scientific evidence that long-term memory is not modified by the process of whole organism cryopreservation and revival in simple animal models.

As the two leading think-tanks/scientific networks in cryonics we share here a brief with both more color and our perspectives on what this important breakthrough means and – does not mean – for cryonics. 

In the words of Dr. Ken Hayworth, President of the Brain Preservation Foundation, and one of the prize judges:

“Every neuron and synapse looks beautifully preserved across the entire brain. Simply amazing given that I held in my hand this very same brain when it was a vitrified glassy solid… This is not your father’s cryonics”

08. June 2012 · Comments Off on Cryonics and Brain-Threatening Disorders Symposium schedule published · Categories: News

The schedule for the upcoming Portland Cryonics and Brain-Threatening Disorders Symposium has been published.

On July 7, 2012 a number of high-profile and upcoming speakers in the cryonics and life extension community will talk about identity-destroying brain disorders and how diseases like Alzheimer’s can frustrate the objectives of the most ambitious life extentionists. Topics that will be discussed include the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s, emerging early-diagnosis technologies, neurogenesis in adults, repairing the aging brain, and legal options for people diagnosed with a brain-destroying disease.

Entrance to the symposium is free.

Other activities during this weekend will be announced soon.

The schedule is available here and you can register on our Facebook event page.

09. May 2012 · Comments Off on Revisiting Donaldson v Van de Kamp: A Comparative Constitutional Analysis · Categories: News

An additional speaker has been added to the Symposium on Cryonics and Brain-Threatening Disorders line-up.

Keegan Macintosh – Revisiting Donaldson v Van de Kamp: A Comparative Constitutional Analysis

Suffering from a malignant brain tumour, Thomas Donaldson petitioned the California Superior Court in 1990 for a declaration that he had a constitutionally-protected right to “premortem cryopreservation”.  His petition was denied, and his subsequent appeal dismissed.  In this talk, Keegan Macintosh will critically analyze how the case was argued and decided at the appeal level, discuss whether the same or similar arguments would be successful in the US or Canada today, and present novel arguments which would be available under Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms that were and are not available under the US Constitution.
Keegan Macintosh will be receiving his J.D. in May, 2012, and sits on the board of directors of the Cryonics Society of Canada, as well as the Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics.  He is also President of a currently-incorporating life extension non-profit organization in British Columbia, and has been involved in educational outreach efforts in Vancouver on the topics of life extension and cryonics since 2010.

Please register for the event on our Facebook page so we know how many attendees to expect.

22. February 2012 · Comments Off on Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics update · Categories: News

The Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics website and the Depressed Metabolism blog have now been completely integrated.

In 2007 the Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics was established as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization to educate the general public about cryonics and launch projects to improve the science and practice of cryonics. The Institute publishes the Depressed Metabolism blog about cryonics and life extension, hosts the Scientists’ Open Letter on Cryonics, and runs two mailing lists about personalized cryonics and low cost personal survival technologies. In the near future we aim to launch a public wiki project to generate a knowledge database to assist in the resuscitation of existing cryonics patients.

The weekend of July 7 and July 8 the Institute for Evidence Based Cryonics and Cryonics Northwest will host a symposium on cryonics and brain-threatening disorders in Portland, Oregon. Confirmed speakers include Aubrey de Grey, Ben Best, Max More, Michael Perry, and Chana de Wolf. Please save the date. More details will be provided soon.

Regular posting on the Depressed Metabolism blog will resume tomorrow.