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News from July 2015

Stem Cell Shots Reverse Aging

Sunday, 26 July 2015 by System Administrator

Stem Cell Shots Reverse Aging
By CARRIE GANN, ABC News Medical Unit
 

Injecting younger cells into aging bodies could help people live longer -- and stronger -- at least according to new research performed on mice.

Scientists said the research, published today in the journal Nature Communications, offered provocative new clues about the potential to treat aging and ailing cells, but it doesn't mean they've uncovered a new fountain of youth.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center genetically altered mice to make them age faster, making them old and weak in a span of 17 days. The scientists then injected the mice with stem cell-like cells taken from the muscle of young, healthy mice.

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Invitation to the Annual General Meeting
of the Cryonics Institute
and Immortalist Society

3 P.M. Saturday, September 12th, 2015

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Cryonics Institute will be held at 3PM on Saturday, September 12th, 2015 at the CI facility, 24355 Sorrentino Court, Clinton Township, Michigan 48035. The AGM of the Immortalist Society will be held after the CI AGM on the same day at the same location. The two meetings generally last most of the afternoon.  A buffet dinner and social follow.  The CI facility will be open to guests and visitors one hour before the meeting begins.

Meetings offer an excellent opportunity to see the facility, to meet other members, to get a sense of the status of the Cryonics Institute and Immortalist Society and to see Officers, Directors and Staff. For those who come a day early, an informal dinner will be held on Saturday evening at a local restaurant.

Agenda items for the CI AGM will include President’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, and Investment report as well as business issues that arise. The winners of the CI Board of Director election will be announced. There will be tours of the CI Facility.  There is no charge for the buffet dinner, but we need to know how much food to order.

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The 2015 Cryonics Institute Board of Directors Elections

Sunday, 26 July 2015 by System Administrator

 The 2015 Cryonics Institute Board of Directors Election Announcement

It is time once again for interested parties to submit their Ballot statements if they wish to be considered for election to the CI board of directors. Ballot statements must be postmarked or received by email at CI Facility no later than August 1st 2015. If the candidates wish to be included on the paper ballot before the election they must submit a bio of 150 words or less before this date.

The following four directors seats out of twelve are up for election for a term of three years.
All four incumbents have announced that they will run again this year.
Connie Ettinger T2015
Pat Heller T2015
Joe Kowalsky T2015
Paul Hagen T2015

Best of luck to all who run.

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Brain Inspired Algorithms may make for optimized computational networks

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 by System Administrator

Brain-inspired algorithms may make for optimized computational networks
Quantifying the rates of synapse pruning in the mammalian neocortex led to new algorithms for constructing adaptive and robust computational networks across several domains
July 19, 2015

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Salk and Carnegie Mellon researchers developed a new model for building efficient networks by studying the rate at which the brain prunes back some of its connections during development. In this model, nodes (such as neurons or sensors) make too many connections (left) before pruning back to connections that are most relevant (right). The team applied their synaptic pruning-based algorithm to air flight patterns and found it was able to create routes to allow passengers to reach their destinations efficiently. (credit: Salk Institute and Carnegie Mellon University)

The developing brain prunes (eliminates) unneeded connections between neurons during early childhood. Now researchers from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Carnegie Mellon University have determined the rate at which that happens, and the implications of that finding for computational networks.

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