Buoyed by recent discoveries about why we age and how to delay it, and the exponential increase in research and investment dollars, top students who would previously have dedicated their lives to studying a single disease are now turning to aging as their field of choice.
After giving a lecture recently at the Marine [MDI] Biological Labs [Laboratory] in Maine at a course on aging, then dining with the students and postdocs, I came home more excited than ever about the future of this field. I’ve been teaching aging for 20 years, and I’ve never seen as much optimism about the future than I do in this new generation.
That makes sense, of course. These are the people who will be the beneficiaries of the groundwork laid in support of the recent explosion of discovery and drug development in this space.
When I first said, “The first person to live to 150 has been born,” a few years ago, I was speculating. But thanks to the new influx of brilliant young minds, and science that is proceeding at a head-spinning pace, I am more convinced this prediction will come true.
Onward and upward––into a new future of our making.