An Inside Look
at the
Science and Medicine
of Tomorrow

OCTOBER 6-8, 2006

At the Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Conference is over. This is an archival page.
But we have videos of the presentations here.

Is it possible to live to 1000 years of age or beyond? Will nanomedicine and medical nanorobots dramatically extend the human lifespan? Can cryopreserved organs and human beings be revived in the future? Join us and members of our community to hear distinguished speakers present their provocative insights into where we are today and what’s possible tomorrow in antiaging, life extension research, nanotechnology, organ preservation, cryonics and more.

Speakers include:

Aubrey de Grey, PhD
SENS: A Precursor to Cryonic Revival

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist at the University of Cambridge, England, recently featured on "60 Minutes". The Editor of “Rejuvenation Research”, the world’s only peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging, he is an advocate of research seeking answers to why and how molecular and cellular metabolic damage brings about aging and ways humans can intervene to repair and/or obviate that damage. He has developed a comprehensive plan, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks down the aging problem into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one. Dr. de Grey joins us to overview the SENS plan and highlight how his proposed aging interventions closely parallel the molecular and cellular repairs that will be required to revive a well-vitrified cryonics patient.

Gregory M. Fahy, PhD
Research Toward Whole Body Suspended Animation

Dr. Gregory Fahy is the Chief Scientific Officer of 21st Century Medicine, where he directs the company's research activities devoted to solving the most difficult problems in the field of cryobiology. Since 1980, his major research focus has been the cryopreservation of organs by vitrification as a means of solving the problems created by ice formation during the cryopreservation process. Recent research on the vitrification of kidneys and other organs has led him to conclude that the recovery of isolated organs following vitrification, rewarming, and transplantation may be possible, and even that whole body suspended animation might eventually be possible. Cryopreserving the brain appears to be the largest obstacle to whole body suspended animation, but recent results with brain cryopreservation have been encouraging, and it appears that the brain can be vitrified within the intact body. Dr. Fahy will provide a unique and cutting edge look at the cryopreservation of complex systems.

Robert A. Freitas Jr., JD
Nanomedicine and Medical Nanorobotics: The Path Forward

Robert A. Freitas Jr. is the author of “Nanomedicine”, an innovative book series exploring the potential medical applications of molecular nanotechnology and medical nanorobotics. Dr. Freitas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing and previously worked as a Research Scientist at Zyvex Corporation, a nanotechnology company. Dr. Freitas believes the advent of medical nanorobotics in coming decades will create a revolution in medical treatment, giving doctors the ability to rapidly eliminate microbial infections and cancer, repair and recondition the human vascular tree, and replace chromosomes in individual cells thus reversing the effects of genetic disease and aging. To learn how far off we really are from building such devices, join us for one of the rare public appearances by Dr. Freitas.

David Friedman, PhD
If Life Were A Lot Longer: An Economist's View

Dr. David Friedman earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago. Currently a professor of law at Santa Clara University, he was a college professor of economics for many years. Pondering what could become possible in our personal and professional lives if aging were defeated, Dr. Friedman asks provocative questions about the future of the family unit, a typical career path, and the economic outlook for society as a whole. Will forty-five years of work and then centuries of leisure become the norm? Will there be one family once or one every fifty years? Will we face mass unemployment, mass leisure or overpopulation? Sharing insights from his most recent book, still in writing, Dr. Friedman navigates through the many potential consequences of an extended lifespan.

J. Storrs Hall, PhD
A Door into Summer

What kind of science, technology, and society awaits those revived from cryopreservation? What kind of world has to exist for cryonics patients to be revived? J. Storrs Hall, an independent scientist and author of “Nanofuture: What’s Next for Nanotechnology”, examines some the possibilities and implications. Dr. Storrs Hall was the founding Chief Scientist of Nanorex Inc., the leading provider of computational modeling tools made specifically for the design and analysis of nanosystems. He has an extensive research background, including AI, microprocessor design, and development of CAD software.

Ralph Merkle, PhD
Nanotechnology and Cryonics

Dr. Ralph Merkle is a distinguished professor at the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology and previous nanotechnology researcher and theorist at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center and Zyvex Corporation. Today, he is an undisputed expert and globally recognized for his work in nanotechnology, the technology that will be required for cryopreserved individuals to be revived. By immobilizing unhealthy tissue through cryopreservation, it is possible to limit the rapid deterioration resulting when damaged tissues are kept at normal temperatures. Molecular tools will literally be able to scan, analyze, and then repair tissue in situ, enabling restoration of well-cryopreserved tissue to good health. Find out where this exciting technology stands today and how it may be put to good use tomorrow.

Brian Wowk, PhD
The Cryobiological Basis of Cryonics

Dr. Brian Wowk is a Senior Scientist at 21st Century Medicine, Inc. where he studies the low temperature preservation of tissues and organs for medical use. He was a co-developer with Dr. Gregory Fahy of technology permitting successful cryogenic temperature preservation of the mammalian kidney. The premise of cryonics is the preservation of sufficient information, especially brain information, to permit recovery of the original person. Studies show steady progress in the quality with which brain information can be preserved under ideal conditions. However the absence of demonstrable reversibility, and the vast variety of conditions under which cryopreservations can take place, introduce uncertainty in the “information theoretic” paradigm of cryonics. For future technologies to be able to restore health after arbitrary injuries, amnesia may be the final dividing line between life and death. Dr. Wowk joins us to discuss what cryobiology says about the prospects of cryonics actually working.

Steve Van Sickle
Technical Progress at Alcor

Steve Van Sickle, Alcor Executive Director, will outline current events at Alcor focusing on technical advancements and the organizations vision for the success over the next year.  He will review the progress made possible by the recent $200,000 whole body vitrification research grant and will discuss the engineering of a new cryoprotective perfusion and cooling system that will be used at Alcor. His presentation will offer never-before-released details of a new laboratory dedicated to replicating and extending the whole body hypothermia and cryoprotective perfusion experiments originally conducted over 10 years ago by Cryovita and Alcor.  He will also discuss advances in Alcor's emergency transport equipment, methods and capabilities.

Michael Riskin & Tanya Jones
Alcor's Wealth Preservation Trust

In conjunction with legal counsel, Alcor is actively developing a unique Wealth Preservation Trust for Alcor members. This trust is intended to enable Alcor members to protect their assets while in cryopreservation and includes special provisions addressing the long-term financial needs of Alcor members. This presentation will provide a brief history of how this trust was developed and update you on its current status. There will be an overview of the financial aspects of the trust and how it is structured, including the ways it differs from other perpetual trusts. Dr. Michael Riskin is Alcor’s Vice President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He became a member of Alcor in the mid 1980’s and has since served in various capacities at the organization, including internal auditor, member ombudsman, CFO, Vice President, and Board Member. Tanya Jones has devoted nearly a decade to her work at Alcor and now, as Alcor’s Chief Operating Officer, has extensive experience overseeing the cryopreservation process, improving Alcor's cryopreservation procedures, and managing day-to-day operations.

With a panel on "Cryonics Organizations Today" with:

Ben Best
Cryonics Institute

Melody Maxim
Suspended Animation, Inc.

Tanya Jones
Chief Operating Officer
Alcor Foundation

a special panel on "Cryonics and Public Policy" featuring:

Barry M. Aarons
The Aarons Company
Alcor Lobbyist

Michele Reagan
AZ State Representative
(R) District 8 (Scottsdale)

Linda Lopez
AZ State Representative
(D) District 29 (Tucson)

and a Welcome Address from
the Arizona Secretary of State, Jan Brewer



$5,000 Silver Sponsors:

Life Extension Foundation

$2,500 Bronze Sponsors:

Cryonics Society of Canada

$1,000 Copper Sponsors:

Immortality Institute

Health Haven

Academic Sponsors:

World Transhumanist Association

Conference Brochure (PDF, 7 MB)
Conference Program (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Organized by Alcor Life Extension Foundation, a non-profit cryonics organization with 800 members worldwide, founded in 1972 with the mission of "The Preservation of Individual Lives".