Deadline tomorrow, Wed Mar 14, for early rate

March 13th, 2012 by

Hi folks — Join us self-trackers, self-experimenters, and health geeks to explore the latest ways to optimize your body and brain & slow aging! If you plan to register but haven’t quite gotten around to it, now is the time. Tomorrow, March 14, is the cutoff for early rate registration, and also the deadline for […]

Brian Wang, tech forecaster: 2012 Featured Participant

March 5th, 2012 by

Most of us first hear of Brian Wang via his popular website NextBigFuture, featuring “coverage of science and technology having the potential for disruption and analysis of plans, policies and technology to enable radical improvement”. For fun, he races Dragon Boats. About the conference this year, he says: I am looking for the latest information […]

Steve Omohundro, AI expert: 2012 Featured Participant

March 4th, 2012 by

Back again this year is AI expert Steve Omohundro, whom many of you will recognize from his talk at the Singularity Summit. Enjoy his blog which includes health coverage, as well as his AI website. After the first conference he said: Thanks Chris for a wonderful meeting! I learned a bunch of great new information […]

Deadline Thursday March 1 for ‘super early’ registration

February 29th, 2012 by

Just a quick note: to be sure of getting the lowest possible registration rate on Personalized Life Extension 2012, sign up by tomorrow, Thursday March 1. Be there or be…aging too fast! —Christine Peterson, Chairman

Iveta Brigis, Google Education guru: 2012 Featured Participant

February 28th, 2012 by

I first met Iveta Brigis in her role as co-organizer on the legendary Accelerating Change conferences, along with chairman John Smart. Now she’s at Google, working to revolutionize K-12 public education, and wow is that ever needed! But she still has time to experiment with diet, exercise and other longevity-related techniques. She says: I really […]

Matt Bell, Kinect entrepreneur & self-experimenter: 2012 Featured Participant

February 28th, 2012 by

If you were at the 2010 conference you’ll vividly remember Matt’s talk about sleep, in which he showed nighttime infrared videos showing how one partner’s movement disturbed the other (see on YouTube), also written up at Wired. Since then Matt has started a new company MatterPort (video) based on the Kinect. About this year’s conference […]

Linda Popky, Marketing master: 2012 Featured Participant

February 28th, 2012 by

You may already know Linda Popky from her many lectures and her prominence in business: she was named one of Silicon Valley’s Top 100 Women of Influence. Like so many of us, she’s serious about her health but knows that the fun side of life is important too! I am new to the whole life […]

Meet speaker Terry Grossman MD: Leading longevity physician & author

February 10th, 2012 by

The crowd’s favorite speaker last time, Terry has agreed to return this year and deliver more of his cutting-edge longevity insights and tips. I am proud to say that Terry met his co-author Ray Kurzweil at a Foresight conference organized by yours truly. Together they wrote two life extension books: the comprehensive Fantastic Voyage and […]

Meet speaker Brian Delaney: Co-author, The Longevity Diet

February 9th, 2012 by

More and more evidence is piling up that dietary restriction (DR) has big health benefits and possibly longevity benefits as well. Curious about the pluses but worried about the minuses? Come find out the real story about one form of DR: calorie restriction—how to do it, how it will make you feel, and what upsides […]

New speaker Lynne Mielke MD: Measure and correct your hormones!

February 7th, 2012 by

Last Saturday I was at a health expo addressing the aging issue and saw Lynn Mielke MD talk on bioidentical hormone replacement therapy—basically, measuring and adjusting the level of your hormones, using molecules chemically identical to the ones that naturally occur in your body. (What else would one use? Well, many women use horse hormones instead. […]

Paul House, Healthspan info entrepreneur: 2012 Featured Participant

February 1st, 2012 by

Paul runs the popular website HealthAliciousNess (“Nutrition Simplified”) and is coming to Personalized Life Extension 2012 in part to get our input on his new project, What first got you interested in life extension? My first job out of college was as a quality improvement analyst in the long term care setting. This involved doing analysis […]

Josh Whiton, Tech entrepreneur & Urban agriculturalist: 2012 Featured Participant

February 1st, 2012 by

Josh is “an entrepreneur with a bent for social and ecological reform.” He is the founder and CEO of TransLoc, a company making mass transit easier to use.  He is also co-founder of Raleigh City Farm, an urban farm start-up that aims to reduce waste, improve diets, and re-connect urbanites with agriculture.  He lectures frequently on […]

Jeremy J. Stone & Carbohydrate Concentration: 2012 Featured Participant

February 1st, 2012 by

Jeremy, best known for his work on arms control, human rights, and foreign policy as long-time president of the Federation of American Scientists, and inventor of the cross-section method of linear programming, has now moved his focus to health and longevity. Since 2009, he has been President of Catalytic Longevity. He was the first Patron […]

Get on the list for launch of new year-round life extension service

October 11th, 2011 by

The Personalized Life Extension Conference is great, but many of us feel the need for something more to help us take action between conferences: a year-round online service to support our individual personal longevity efforts.  To receive updates on this planned service, and possibly help shape it by being in the alpha or beta test, […]

Save the date: March 31-April 1, 2012 in South San Francisco

October 11th, 2011 by

We are happy to announce the second Personalized Life Extension Conference to be held the weekend of March 31-April 1, 2012, at the South San Francisco Conference Center, with convenient access from San Francisco Airport (SFO). The website is now under construction at and we will let you know when registration is open. Meanwhile, […]

Ben Goertzel’s summary of Life Extension Conference

October 20th, 2010 by

Speaker Ban Goertzel of Genescient wrote a nice summary of some of the content at Personalized Life Extension 2010: Two little tweaks: although Foresight Institute was a partner, it wasn’t the main sponsor of the meeting.  And the goggles to wear at night are red, not blue. Thanks, Ben, for a great summary!  —Chris […]

The time to register is now: deadline tomorrow

October 4th, 2010 by

Tomorrow is the deadline for the $275 rate at Personalized Life Extension 2010 this weekend in at the San Francisco Airport Marriott. Design your own personal longevity plan at the conference!  —Christine Peterson, Conference Chairman

$275 registration rate extended

October 1st, 2010 by

I am getting emails from friends who missed yesterday’s early registration deadline for Personalized Life Extension 2010, Oct. 9-10, Accordingly I have extended the $275 rate for a while longer. But register now, folks, because at some point we will need to cut this off. —Christine Peterson, Chairman

Deadline TODAY for early rate on life extension conference

September 30th, 2010 by

Amazingly, it is already the last day of September.  The conference is only 9 days off, so TODAY is the LAST DAY to get the early rate for registration.  Hope to see you there!  —Christine Peterson, Conference Chairman

Deadline this Thursday for Early Rate on Life Extension Conference

September 28th, 2010 by

Deadline is this Thursday, September 30, to get the Early Rate on Personalized Life Extension 2010,  Develop your own personalized longevity plan, and join the “extreme health” community.  Hope to see you there!  —Christine Peterson, Chairman

Make your personal longevity plan, meet fellow self-experimenters!

September 27th, 2010 by

We’ll each be working on our personal longevity plans, by collaborating at Personalized Life Extension 2010, Oct. 9-10.  Meet your colleagues engaged in self-experimentation for anti-aging.  Register by this Thursday to get the Early rate.  Hope to see you there!  —Christine Peterson, Conference Chairman

Preliminary Program just posted!

September 13th, 2010 by

Conference planner Marcia Seidler and I just posted the Preliminary Program for Personalized Life Extension 2010!  See also the Speakers page with links to speakers’ websites.  Hope to see you there!  —Christine Peterson, Conference Chairman

The benefits of calorie restriction by fasting intermittently?

September 9th, 2010 by

Patri Friedman will speak on “Intermittent Fasting: Theory & Practice” at the Personalized Life Extension 2010 conference. Can we get the benefits of calorie restriction without being hungry every day? Let’s explore!  Patri writes: I believe that Intermittent Fasting, which is the practice of going 16-36 hours with reduced or zero calories, has substantial health […]

Esther Dyson to speak on Quantified Self

September 8th, 2010 by

Just got Esther Dyson‘s talk title: “Meaning from numbers: the Quantified Self”.  Quote from Esther: The market for consumer self-tracking (the “quantified self” movement) is growing quickly — spreading out from Silicon Valley, Boston and New York, all of which have periodic Meetups where members show off their devices and share their data. Traditional scales […]

To lose weight and keep it off, drink water

September 7th, 2010 by

This may be the most painless weight-loss method ever: drink water before meals: A team led by Brenda Davy of Virginia Tech has run the first randomised controlled trial studying the link between water consumption and weight loss. A report on the 12-week trial, published earlier this year, suggested that drinking water before meals […]

It’s official: Sex is good for the mammalian brain

August 26th, 2010 by

From a Princeton researcher publishing in PLoS ONE, we hear important news on brain health: “Sexual Experience Promotes Adult Neurogenesis in the Hippocampus Despite an Initial Elevation in Stress Hormones”: Chronic sexual experience no longer produced an increase in corticosterone levels but continued to promote adult neurogenesis and stimulate the growth of dendritic spines and […]

Tonight 7 PM: Join me for conference preview on FastForwardRadio

August 25th, 2010 by

Tonight (Wed Aug 25) at 7 PM Pacific: join me on FastForwardRadio for a preview of the Personalized Life Extension 2010 conference, Oct. 9-10 at On a special extended 90-minute edition of FastForward Radio, Foresight Institute co-founder and president Christine Peterson joins us to talk about her upcoming conference on Personalized Life Extension Plus, George […]

Eat berries: they “clean up” your brain

August 24th, 2010 by

Berries “clean up” the brain: : Scientists today reported the first evidence that eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the aging brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognized way. Their study, presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), concluded that berries, and possibly walnuts, activate the […]

Bruce Ames confirms to speak on anti-aging micronutrients!

August 20th, 2010 by

So happy to report that Bruce Ames has just confirmed to speak!  He can tell us the latest on anti-aging micronutrients, plus he’s a fun guy,  If you took any biology in school, you may recognize his name from the famous Ames test for mutagenicity.  —Christine Peterson, Conference Chairman

Ramesh Rao to speak on biofeedback & heart rate variability

August 19th, 2010 by

Very pleased to report that Prof. Ramesh Rao of UCSD, whose recent talk at IFTF was the “most riveting”, will be speaking on biofeedback and heart rate variability at Personalized Life Extension 2010. See Kevin Kelly’s post at  —Chris Peterson, Conference Chairman

Foods to eat (or avoid) to reduce inflammation, slow aging

August 18th, 2010 by

Here’s a quick guide to pro- & anti-inflammatory foods: Let’s discuss at the conference — to slow aging, we need to reduce inflammation. —Chris Peterson, Conference Chairman

Welcome Jeremy Stone, first conference Patron member

August 16th, 2010 by

Welcome to our first individual Patron of the Life Extension Conference: Jeremy Stone, past president Federation of American Scientists: He is interested in “carbohydrate concentration” — eating high glycemic carbs in only one of the day’s meals — to provide low insulin for 19 hours a day and possibly tap into the benefits of calorie […]

Author of 1st Physicians Desk Reference on Supplements will speak

August 12th, 2010 by

Thrilled to report that Sheldon Saul Hendler MD has confirmed as our speaker on supplements! Author of 1st Physicians Desk Reference on Supplements. Short Bio: (Sounds like a fun guy too.) Help the conference — invite your friends using the “select guests to invite” button on our Event page:

Exercise: moderate sure, vigorous yes, but not “excessively strenuous”

August 9th, 2010 by

Here’s a summary of the effect of exercise on telomeres: The upshot seems to be that moderate to vigorous is good; “excessively strenuous” is not: These studies leave me tentatively concluding: Regular mildly cardiovascular exercise is likely to protect telomere lengths with aging across the three cell categories studied. Vigorous aerobic exercise approaching “maximal aerobic […]

Take Vitamin D! (unless you work outside with few clothes on)

July 29th, 2010 by

Unless you’re a lifeguard, the odds are extremely high that you need to take Vitamin D: We’ll discuss dosage at the conference, since this NYT article and quite possibly your MD set the desired level too low.  From the NYT: Studies indicate that the effects of a vitamin D deficiency include an elevated risk of developing […]

Should we take TA-65 to preserve our telomeres?

July 28th, 2010 by

We’ll have a speaker on telomeres from Sierra Sciences. See PDF for background on the topic: Should we all be taking TA-65 for our telomeres? Let’s discuss at the conference! (H/T Philippe Van Nedervelde) —Christine Peterson, Conference Chairman

The life extension food pyramid

July 8th, 2010 by

Conference speaker Terry Grossman has redone the food pyramid, along with co-author Ray Kurzweil. See what you think of it! We’ll be reviewing this at the Life Extension Conference. —Chris Peterson, Conference Chairman

Eating dark chocolate lowers high blood pressure

July 7th, 2010 by

Apparently eating dark chocolate lowers high blood pressure as much as 30 minutes’ exercise.  Let’s eat dark chocolate at the Life Extension Conference (in moderate amounts of course!).  —Chris Peterson, Conference Chairman

Exercise moderately or very hard?

July 2nd, 2010 by

A few of my friends exercise VERY hard.  Here’s a chart from UCLA that recommends moderate exercise from a serotonin point of view.  I seem to recall there may be cortisol issues as well, but I’m no expert on exercise.  Let’s explore this complex issue from a longevity perspective at the Life Extension Conference.  —Conference […]

Sitting pushes us toward the diseases of aging: get a standing desk?

July 1st, 2010 by

Bloomberg reports that the sitting posture does terrible things to us even if we exercise at other times: New research in the diverse fields of epidemiology, molecular biology, biology, biomechanics, and physiology is converging toward a startling conclusion: Sitting is a public-health risk.  And exercising doesn’t offset it… How to solve the problem?  Maybe get […]

Life extension via increased willpower to do the right (healthy) thing

June 30th, 2010 by

Last night I met Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal who writes on how to strengthen willpower.  We’ll be discussing this topic at the conference, since so much of what is important to life extension requires some willpower to implement and continue.  —Chris Peterson

Like calorie restriction but easier: intermittent fasting

June 29th, 2010 by

Patri Friedman will be speaking at our Life Extension Conference on the health and longevity benefits of intermittent fasting— like calorie restriction but easier!  Patri writes: I believe that Intermittent Fasting, which is the practice of going 16-36 hours with reduced or zero calories, has substantial health benefits. It activates the SIRT genes, which improve health […]

Supplement recommendations from Life Code

April 27th, 2010 by jadeadmin

One big topic we’ll be debating at the conference is nutritional supplements.  Conference speaker Gregory Benford’s company Genescient has spun out Life Code (“Unlocking the Code to Extend Life and Youth Beyond 100”); here are their supplement recommendations — see what you think: —Chris Peterson, Chairman, Personalized Life Extension Conference 2010