2018 Annual General Meeting
The Cryonics Institute's 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held Sunday, September 9th at the ConCorde Inn. Starting at 3pm following CI facility tours as listed.
ConCorde Inn Hotel & Conference Center
44315 North Gratiot Avenue
Clinton Township, (Michigan) 48036 (USA)
The annual meeting offers an excellent opportunity to see the facility, learn more about cryonics, meet members and guests from around the world, get updates on the Cryonics Institute & Immortalist Society and to talk to Officers, Directors & Staff.
The Annual General Meeting usually lasts about 2 hours, featuring reports from CI Board Members, guest speakers and a few other surprises. The Immortalist Society Meeting will follow directly after the CI AGM, and typically lasts about 45 minutes.
CI will be providing light snacks and beverages at the meeting, but no formal dinner arrangements. Guests are invited to dine prior to the meeting or, preferably, socializing with new friends and associates after the meeting concludes. The ConCorde Inn has a restaurant on-site, and there are several excellent dining locations nearby.
Please note, the 2018 AGM will be hosted at the ConCorde Inn in Clinton Township, MI, not at the CI Facility.
The ConCorde features an impressive meeting room, an outdoor seating area adjacent to the hall, plus a lounge, pool & fitness center and other amenities we’re sure everyone will enjoy. Rooms at the ConCorde Inn are on a first-come, first-served basis, so please make your reservations now.
Tours of the CI facility will be available prior to the meeting from approximately 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. The facility will be closed to both members and the general public outside of these scheduled times, so if you would like to visit, please plan accordingly.
Night Before Dinner and Social
CI will be hosting a “Night Before” Social and Dinner event at 6pm on Saturday, September 8th at Sajo’s Restaurant. Everyone is welcome, but please remember, guests are responsible for their own checks.
36470 Moravian Clinton Twp, MI 48035
CI’s AGM is open to the general public, but we request that we be informed if you will be attending. For driving directions, more meeting information and to confirm attendance, send email to CIHQ@aol.com or phone (586) 791-5961.
EU funds research on 'Cryosocieties' and the immune system
Scientists at Goethe University Frankfurt are awarded 2 ERC Advanced Grants; € 2.5 million each for 5 years
FRANKFURT. Two Advanced Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) have been awarded to researchers at Goethe University Frankfurt. The sociologist Professor Thomas Lemke is researching the social impacts of cryobiology, i.e. the freezing and long-term preservation of organic material. The biochemist Professor Robert Tampé wants to unravel the winding pathways of the immune system inside the cell.
"Cryosocieties" project explores "suspended life"
Cryobiology has seen an enormous upturn over the last decades. More and more types of tissues and cellular material can be frozen, stored and thawed again without any detectable loss of vitality. Today, cryobiological practices are not only an important infrastructural prerequisite for many medical applications and a significant driver for innovations in the life sciences but also represent important options for personal family planning decisions as well as for the preservation of global biodiversity.
"In our 'Cryosocieties' project, I want to investigate the impact of cryopreservation on our understanding of life, starting with the hypothesis that cryobiological practices produce a specific form of life that I call 'suspended life'. They keep many vital processes in a suspended state between life and death, in which biological substances are neither completely alive nor completely dead," explains Professor Thomas Lemke from the Institute of Sociology. The aim of the project, which lies at the interface between biology, sociology and technology, is to study how cryopreservation practices alter temporal and spatial relationships and configurations as well as our understanding of life and death, health and illness, (in)fertility and sustainability.
Characterizing 'keyhole' is first step to fighting obesity at cellular level
Team also launches development of potential small-molecule therapeutics
April 18, 2018
Scientists have characterized for the first time a complex, little-understood cellular receptor type that, when activated, shuts off hunger.
Jens Meiler's team determined the first crystal structure for a neuropeptide Y receptor, deciphering the thousands of carbon, oxygen, nitrogen and other atoms involved with it and how they bind to one another.
Credit: Brian Bender/Vanderbilt University
An international team has uncovered the potential to beat obesity at the cellular level, characterizing for the first time a complex, little-understood receptor type that, when activated, shuts off hunger.
Jens Meiler, professor of chemistry and pharmacology at Vanderbilt University, said pharmaceutical companies long have attempted to develop a small-molecule drug that could do just that. But until now, nobody knew exactly what the receptor looked like, making it nearly impossible to design the key to activating it.