Category Archives: longevity advocacy

Organizing the Longevity Month Campaign for October 2019

As every year since 2013, about three months ahead, we start preparing for the Longevity Month campaign in October (also commonly designated as “Longevity Day” for particular daily events during October). This traditional campaign has combined the activities of many organizations and individual activists working to promote research, development and application for healthy longevity around the world. During the years, hundreds of events, publications and other promotional actions were organized in dozens of countries in the framework of this campaign. These activities help build up the longevity activism into a massive global grassroots movement with a sizable impact on public health and research policy. 

Since the beginning and to the present, Israeli Longevity activists, in particular friends of the Israeli Longevity Alliance, have been an active and leading force in this campaign, also now.

Here are some examples of the past activities.

This year too, we invite you to organize longevity-related events, publications and promotions during the month of October, advocating to enhance research, development and education for the promotion of healthy longevity and prevention of aging-related diseases.

If you organize or participate in an event, publication or promotion in your country, please contact us, so we could present and combine the events together as a united global campaign.  Thank you for your support and involvement!

US-Israel collaboration on aging-related R&D is planned

In a large measure thanks to the efforts of Longevity advocacy organizations, including the Global Healthspan Policy Institute, Israeli Longevity Alliance, Vetek Association and others, there is now included a special section on aging-related research and development into the US bill “H.R.1837 – United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act” allocating 2 Million USD per year for 3 years for cooperation in aging-related R&D. According to the bill Section 110, Paragraph “I” 

“There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary of Health and Human Services $2,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2020, 2021, and 2022 to establish a bilateral cooperative program with Israel for the development of health technologies, including health technologies described in paragraph (2), with an emphasis on collaboratively advancing the use of technology, personalized medicine, and data in relation to aging. …”

This is still a bill, but a good progress, showing the capability and value of dedicated longevity advocacy to bring tangible support for the longevity field.

Thank you for your further support of longevity research and advocacy!

Israel Ministry of Science and Technology will support longevity research with up to 10 Million NIS call for research proposals

פורסם קול קורא של משרד המדע והטכנולוגיה
התכנית למחקר אסטרטגי – פיתוח תשתיות מדעיות וטכנולוגיות
קול קורא להגשת קדם-הצעות מחקר לשנת 2020
בתחום: מדעי החיים והרפואה
הזדקנות בריאה – גנטיקה ואפי-גנטיקה;
– מחקר תרגומי לפיתוח שיטות לבדיקת התאמה/רעילות תרופות כבסיס טרום טיפולי לרפואה מותאמת אישית;
– מחקרים לחלופות לניסויים בבעלי חיים.

באופן תקדימי בישראל, תקציב ייעודי יוקדש למחקרים בנושא: הזדקנות בריאה – גנטיקה ואפי גנטיקה
לפי קול הקורא
“בשל הזדקנות אוכלוסיית העולם, ואוכלוסיית ישראל בפרט, והעלייה הנובעת מכך בנטל הכלכלי ובמחלות הלא-מידבקות הקשורות להזדקנות, יש צורך לקדם את חקר ההזדקנות והמחלות הקשורות להזדקנות כאמצעי לשיפור איכות ואריכות חיים ומניעת מחלות זקנה. קול קורא זה פונה למחקרים בעלי פוטנציאל יישומי הבוחנים את הקשר של הגנטיקה והאפי-גנטיקה לתהליכי ההזדקנות והמחלות הנלוות לכך.”

התקציב אשר יוקצה על ידי המשרד לצורך מימון מחקרים במסגרת קול קורא זה יהיה בין 10.9 מיליון ₪ ל- 14 מיליון ₪. בפרט המחקרים בנושא הזדקנות בריאה – גנטיקה ואפי-גנטיקה – בין 7.21 מיליון ₪ ל-9.25 מיליון ₪. המשרד רשאי להגדיל את התקציב עד 14 מיליון ₪ נוספים (אם התקציב יוגדל, יחולק הסכום המוגדל ביחס שווה בין התחומים).
המימון עבור הוצאות המחקר יהיה בהתאם למפורט להלן:
הזדקנות בריאה – גנטיקה ואפי-גנטיקה –
• הצעה המוגשת ע”י חוקר ראשי אחד (קבוצת מחקר אחת): עד 0.6 מיליון ₪.
• 2 חוקרים ראשיים ומעלה (שתי קבוצות מחקר ומעלה): עד 1.2 מיליון ₪.
הסכומים המצוינים לעיל מתייחסים לתקופת מחקר של שלוש שנים.

פרק הזמן להגשת קדם-ההצעות על ידי החוקרים באמצעות המערכת המקוונת אל מרכז הפעילות ברשות המחקר הוא עד ליום ראשון, יג’ בסיון תשע”ט, 16.6.2019, עד השעה 15:00.
להלן קול הקורא המלא

הישג מצוין לקידום אריכות חיים בריאים ומניעת מחלות זקנה! בהצלחה!

The Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology published a call for research proposals for the Strategic Research Program – Development of Scientific and Technological Infrastructures

Call for submission of pre-research proposals for 2020

In the field: Life Sciences and Medicine


– Healthy aging – genetics and epigenetics;

– Translational research for the development of methods for testing drug suitability / toxicity as a pre-therapeutic basis for personalized medicine;

– Studies of alternatives to animal experimentation

A precedent-setting special budget will be devoted to studies on Healthy aging – Genetics and Epigenetics

According to the call for research proposals

“Due to the aging of the world population, and the population of Israel in particular, and the consequent rise in the economic burden and incidence of non-communicable aging-related diseases, it is necessary to promote the research of aging and aging-related diseases as a means to improve longevity and quality of life and prevent aging-related diseases. This call invites studies with application potential that examine the relationship of genetics and epigenetics to the aging processes and associated diseases.”

The budget to be allocated by the Ministry to fund research in the framework of this call will be between NIS 10.9 million and NIS 14 million. In particular for the studies on Healthy aging – genetics and epigenetics – between NIS 7.21 million and NIS 9.25 million. The Ministry may increase the budget to an additional NIS 14 million (if the budget is increased, the increased amount will be divided equally between the fields).

Funding for research will be as follows:

Healthy Aging – Genetics and Epi-Genetics –

  • Proposal submitted by one principal investigator (one research group): up to NIS 0.6 million.
  • 2 or more principal investigators (two or more research groups): up to NIS 1.2 million.

The said amounts relate to a three-year research period.

The period for submission of pre-proposals by the researchers via the online system to the  research authority activity center is until Sunday, 16.6.2019, until 15:00.

Below is the full call for research proposals.

An excellent achievement for the promotion of healthy longevity and prevention of aging-related diseases! Good luck!

International Perspectives on Geroscience – Israel – September 4-5, 2019

Registration is now open for the conference International Perspectives on Geroscience – Israel, that will take place in Weizmann Institute of Science on September 4-5, 2019. The registration is free, but the number of places is limited. During the registration, there is an option to submit an abstract for a poster presentation.

Conference preliminary program



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Looking forward to seeing you!

Download the conference poster



Longevity Industry in Israel – Joint Report by Vetek Association and Aging Analytics Agency

Aging Analytics Agency (UK) in cooperation with Vetek (Seniority) – The Movement for Longevity and Quality of Life (Israel) and Israeli Longevity Alliance, have published a new, open-access, 575+ page report on the Longevity Industry in Israel. 

This new open-access 575+ page report covers the history, present state and future of the Longevity Industry in the region, profiling 60 Longevity Influencers, 10 R&D Centers, 10 Nonprofit Organizations, 10 Thematic Conferences, 160 Companies, and 180 Investors in the Israeli Longevity sphere. 

Link to the Report: 

International Perspectives on Geroscience – Israel – 4-5 September 2019

The conference “International Perspectives on Geroscience – Israel” will take place in the Weizmann Institute of Science on September 4-5, 2019.

Its aim is to promote geroscience and biomedical research and development on aging and aging-related diseases, and to improve healthy and productive longevity for the elderly population. 

The conference “International Perspectives on Geroscience – Israel” will bring together many of the leading international and Israeli researchers on aging and public advocates, who will present their cutting edge scientific work as well as news on the engagements with prominent public figures and policymakers for the advancement of the field.

The conference is a part of a large-scale multi-site international effort, which also includes geroscience meetings in the US, Australia, Greece, Chile and China.

Details on attendance and registration, are at the site of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

This conference is being held under the sponsorship of the US National Institute of Aging (NIA) via American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), the US Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Basic Biology of Aging, with co-sponsorships of the Sagol Institute for Longevity Research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, as well as Vetek (Seniority) – the Movement for Longevity and Quality of Life (Israel), Shlomo Tyran Foundation, and others.