Scientific Lecture "Reliability theory of aging"

Presentation Description:
This presentation explains a new approach to aging problem based on the general theory of systems failure also known as the reliability theory.  It summarizes the results of our studies published in scientific book "The Biology of Life Span", Journal of Theoretical Biology, Science's SAGE KE (Science of Aging Knowledge Environment), and Annals of New York Academy of Sciences.  Reliability theory provides a clear and useful answer to the question "What is aging?" and it also provides a scientific legitimacy for the idea of anti-aging interventions.

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Goals and Objectives of the Presentation:
  1. To explain what is the reliability-engineering approach to aging problem
  2. To explain what are the three major biodemographic laws of human aging and mortality
  3. To show how reliability theory explains these laws of aging and mortality
  4. To discuss different definitions of aging, including the definition suggested by the reliability theory
  5. To explain why anti-aging idea is a legitimate scientific idea in terms of reliability theory

Speaker's Biographical Sketch:

Leonid A. Gavrilov, M.S., Ph.D.
Research Associate, Center on Aging, NORC and The University of Chicago

Leonid A. Gavrilov, Ph.D. is one of the world's leading experts in longevity studies, and the author of a famous scientific book "The Biology of Life Span" (1991), listed in the Encyclopedia Britannica as a recommended reference.  He has Ph.D in genetics and M. Sc. in chemistry, both from the Moscow State University, Russia.

He is a Principal Investigator of the scientific project "Biodemography of Human Longevity", funded by the National Institute on Aging (USA), and the author of nearly a hundred of scientific publications on the related topic.

Dr. Gavrilov is the Editorial Board member of scientific journals  "Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine", "Experimental Gerontology" (Associate Editor),  "Rejuvenation Research", "The Scientific World Journal", "Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling" (Associate Editor) and an expert (referee) for over 20 scientific journals on aging and longevity studies.

He is also an Expert for the National Institute on Aging (USA), the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences (USA), Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF).

His scientific credentials are described in more detail in "Who's Who in Science and Engineering", "Who's Who in Medicine and HealthCare", and "Who's Who in America" (Marquis Who's Who).

Dr. Gavrilov is the founder of a new reliability theory of aging and longevity, which has already received significant attention.

Dr. Gavrilov has been a keynote speaker at several conferences including the International Conference on Longevity (Sydney, Australia, 2004). He gives lectures at scientific conferences worldwide.

Dr. Gavrilov is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, International Union for the Scientific Study of Population,  Population Association of America, and The Science Advisory Board.

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