"Reliability theory of aging"
This presentation explains a new
approach to aging problem based on the general theory of systems
failure also known as the reliability theory. It summarizes the
results of our studies published in scientific book "The Biology of Life Span", Journal of
Theoretical Biology, Science's SAGE KE (Science of Aging Knowledge Environment),
of New York Academy of Sciences. Reliability theory provides a clear
and useful answer to the question "What is aging?" and it also provides
a scientific legitimacy for the idea of anti-aging interventions.
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Goals and Objectives of the Presentation:
- To explain what is the
reliability-engineering approach to aging problem
- To explain what are the three major
biodemographic laws of human aging and mortality
- To show how reliability theory
explains these laws of aging and mortality
- To discuss different definitions of
aging, including the definition suggested by the reliability theory
- To explain why anti-aging idea is a
legitimate scientific idea in terms of reliability theory
Speaker's Biographical Sketch:
Leonid A. Gavrilov,
Research Associate, Center on Aging, NORC and The University of Chicago
Leonid A. Gavrilov, Ph.D. is one of the world's leading experts in
longevity studies, and the author of a famous scientific book "The Biology of Life Span" (1991),
listed in the Encyclopedia Britannica
as a recommended reference. He has Ph.D in genetics and M. Sc. in
chemistry, both from the Moscow State University, Russia.
He is a Principal Investigator of the scientific project "Biodemography
of Human Longevity", funded by the National Institute on Aging (USA),
and the author of nearly a hundred of scientific publications on the
Dr. Gavrilov is the Editorial Board member of scientific journals
"Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine", "Experimental Gerontology" (Associate
Editor), "Rejuvenation Research", "The Scientific World Journal",
"Theoretical Biology and Medical Modelling" (Associate Editor) and an
expert (referee) for over 20 scientific journals on aging and longevity
He is also an Expert for the National Institute on Aging (USA), the
National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences (USA),
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Austrian Science
His scientific credentials are described in more detail in "Who's Who
in Science and Engineering", "Who's Who in Medicine and HealthCare",
and "Who's Who in America" (Marquis Who's Who).
Dr. Gavrilov is the founder of a new reliability theory of aging and
longevity, which has already received significant attention.
Dr. Gavrilov has been a keynote speaker at several conferences
including the International Conference on Longevity (Sydney, Australia,
2004). He gives lectures at scientific conferences worldwide.
Dr. Gavrilov is a member of the Gerontological Society of America,
International Union for the Scientific Study of Population,
Population Association of America, and The Science Advisory Board.
His full CV is available at: