Video Presentations from the October 2012 Alcor Conference

Robert Littlefield
Robert Littlefield (4 minute video)
City Councilman for Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale City Council member Robert Littlefield opened the conference. Founder and President of a successful Scottsdale-based computer company, NetXpert Systems, Inc, Mr. Littlefield has 17 years of experience in corporate America as an engineer, sales executive, sales manager and general manager for a number of high-tech companies, including Prime Computer, DataPhaz, Apollo, and Hewlett-Packard. He is also a Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor.

Kim Suozzi
Kim Suozzi (11 minute video)
“Because 21 Years Is Not Enough”

Kim Suozzi, 23, has terminal brain cancer. The cancer is highly aggressive and growing rapidly in a location that makes surgery impossible. Her final wish is to be cryopreserved. Alcor Life Extension Foundation offered to cryopreserve Kim at a reduced cost, with the staff donating their time for her cryopreservation. [Kim was cryopreserved in January 2013.]

Aubrey de Grey
Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D. (35 minute video)
Experimental Rejuvenation Research: An Update

Dr. de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He has developed a comprehensive plan for repair of aging damage, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one.

Chana de Wolf
Chana de Wolf (31 minute video)
Cryopreservation of the Ischemic Brain

Chana de Wolf lives in Portland, Oregon, where she works as a business manager and biomedical researcher. She holds a B.S. in Experimental Psychology (2001), an M.S. in Cognition and Neuroscience (2003), and has extensive management and laboratory experience. In 2008 Chana and her husband Aschwin de Wolf launched the neural cryobiology research company Advanced Neural Biosciences, Inc. In this presentation she presents the results of many years of experimental research investigating the effects of ischemia on brain cryopreservation.

Todd Huffman
Todd Huffman (31 minute video)
Advances in Neuroscience Structure, Function, and Computation: Implications for Cryonics

Todd Huffman is an informatician and designer working biomedical imaging and system design. He is the founder and CEO of 3Scan, which is building high-throughput 3D microscopes for imaging and digitally reconstructing large scale tissues and organs. 3Scans flagship technology, the Knife-Edge Scanning Microscope, can image whole small animal brains with sub-micron resolution. Todd has been involved in cryonics for 10 years, as the co-leader of the Alcor Southern California Field Team, full-time at Alcor as a researcher, and as a consultant with Suspended Animation on training and system design. Todd holds a Masters in Computational Biosciences from Arizona State University, a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Studies from Nanyang University in Singapore, and a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from California State University Long Beach.

Josh Mitteldorf
Josh Mitteldorf, Ph.D. (32-minute video)
Directions for Medical Research: Four Paths to Extending Life

The surprising fact that our bodies are genetically programmed to age and to die offers an enormous opportunity for medical intervention. It may be that therapies to slow the progress of aging need not repair or regenerate anything, but only need to interfere with an existing program of self-destruction. After earning a Ph.D. in astrophysics, Mitteldorf moved to evolutionary biology as a primary field in 1996. He has taught at Harvard, Berkeley, Bryn Mawr, LaSalle and, most recently, at Temple University. His present research, on evolutionary theory of aging using computer simulations, is under the auspices of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department of the University of Arizona.

Max More
Max More, Ph.D. (23 minute video)
Improving Your Prospects for an Optimal Cryopreservation

Max More is President and Chief Executive Officer at Alcor. Completing your arrangements with Alcor takes some work. Once done with it, you will be tempted to think: Thats it! All done. Nothing more to worry about. Some members act as if that were the case even when they say they know better. You DO know better, but may be unsure exactly what you can do to improve your chances of being cryopreserved under good conditions. This talk provides you with a checklist of actions to take to reduce your physical, medical, financial, and legal risks.

Dr. Michael Rose
Michael Rose, Ph.D. (22-minute video)
How to Control Your Aging

Dr. Michael R. Rose is Professor at Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University Of California, Irvine. His main area of work has been the evolution of aging. He is known for experiments that substantially postpone aging in fruit flies. His two primary current research interests are the evolution of late life and experimental evolution in Drosophila. Michael’s most recent books are The Long Tomorrow: How Advances in Evolutionary Biology Can Help Us Postpone Aging and Does Aging Stop? Dr. Rose will discuss how the last two years have seen a remarkable convergence between the Paleo Movement and evolutionary research on aging.

Anders Sandberg
Anders Sandberg, Ph.D. (30 minute video)
Handling the Unknowable and Undecidable: Rational Decision-Making about Future Technology

Anders Sandberg has a background in computational neuroscience. Since 2006 he has been a researcher at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology. His research centers on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement and new technology, as well as estimating the capabilities and underlying science of future technologies. Topics of particular interest include enhancement of cognition, cognitive biases, technology-enabled collective intelligence, neuroethics and public policy.

Sebastian Seung
Sebastian Seung, Ph.D. (30 minute video)
Connectomics and Cryonics

Sebastian Seung is Professor of Computational Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, author of Connectome: How the Brain’s Wiring Makes Us Who We Are, and Scientific Director of WiredDifferently. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Harvard University, and formerly worked at Bell Laboratories. His laboratory at MIT has launched EyeWire, an online community that empowers the public to map neural connections by playing a game of coloring neural images. EyeWire is the first project of WiredDifferently, a citizen science organization with the ultimate goals of seeing the material basis of memory and finding connectopathies, “miswirings” of the brain long hypothesized to be associated with psychiatric disorders. His book Connectome was hailed in the Wall Street Journal as “the best lay book on brain science I’ve ever read.”

Michael Seidl Ralph Merkle Rudi Hoffman
Panel on Long-Term Financial Planning (50 minute video)
Michael Seidl, Ralph Merkle, Rudi Hoffman

Panel discussion on investing strategies, inflation protection, and personal trusts, with Alcor Board members Michael Seidl and Ralph Merkle, Certified Financial Planner and insurance agent Rudi Hoffman (speaking on “Cryonics Affordability for the Masses and for All Times”).

Aaron Drake Ben Best Martine Rothblatt
Panel on Medical Monitoring Devices (48 minute video)
Led by Aaron Drake with Ben Best and Martine Rothblatt

Panel discussion on improving your chances of a quick response in case of a critical physiological failure, led by Alcor’s Medical Response Director, Aaron Drake.

Ben Best is CI director and Director of Research Oversight at LEF, and has bachelor’s degrees in Pharmacy, Physics, Computing Science, and Business (Accounting and Finance). Martine Rothblatt is co-founder of the Terasem Movement, the chief executive of United Therapeutics, and the creator of Sirius XM Satellite Radio. She has also authored From Transgender to Transhuman: A Manifesto on the Freedom of Form, and was the Executive Producer of the film Singularity Is Near.