We are pleased to announce the formation of the Business Advisory Board with
Stephen G. Franklin Sr., Ph.D., as its first member. Dr. Franklin is the
Chief of New Business Development at Wells Real Estate Funds in Norcross, GA.
He is the former Associate Dean of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University,
and is a member of the Board of Regents for Oxford University's Harris Manchester College
in England. He is also Chairman of the Governing Board of the American University in
Dubai. We welcome Dr. Franklin to the Supercentenarian Research Foundation and
value him as a partner in our shared goal of ameliorating the effects of aging.
For the latest Table of Validated Living Supercentenarians as compiled by the
Gerontology Research Group, click on
The Supercentenarian Research Foundation (SRF) has been formed as an
international non-profit organization to accept tax deductible donations that will be
utilized to fund research into the biology of aging. The initial focus will be on
supercentenarians (those who are at least 110 years old), their siblings, and offspring,
but successively younger age groups will eventually also be investigated.
Before research into methods of intervening in aging are conducted, diagnosis of the
causes and effects of aging as exhibited in supercentenarians will be studied in order to
determine 1) why they live longer than most, and 2) what limits their life span.
Consideration will be given to all reasonable theories of aging to answer these
questions, but none will be adopted a priori. Following the diagnostic phase, research will
be supported in an intervention phase to attempt to prevent, ameliorate, and reverse the
causes and effects of aging. The products of this research will be directed at providing
longer and healthier lives for both supercentenarians and those who would otherwise
not live as long.
A comprehensive Research Plan will be developed with the participation of leading
gerontologists. This plan will then be presented to potential donors to request their
financial support. Our vision is that the Supercentenarian Research Foundation will
a significant source of grants for aging research.
Click for our proposed draft letter to AAAS
[Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2010; 11:40 PM EST]