He is known for his belief that medical technology could one day allow humans to live without dying for age-related reasons.
He has contributed to the research of the Hadwiger–Nelson problem in geometric graph theory as an amateur mathematician, making the first advance on the topic in over 60 years.
According to De Grey, the majority of the fundamental information required to generate successful anti-aging drugs already exists, and that research is ahead of financing. He tries to find and promote particular technical methods for the reversal of various elements of aging, or, as de Grey puts it, “… the set of compounded metabolic side effects that finally kills us.”
His research in 2005 focused on a specific strategy termed strategies for engineered negligible senescence (SENS), which aims to avoid age-related physical and cognitive deterioration. He co-founded the SENS Research Foundation (called SENS Foundation until early 2013), a non-profit organization located in California, USA, in March 2009.
Inspiring Talks by Dr. Aubrey de Grey
- “Your future self is watching you right now through your memories.”
- “Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it.”
- “I think it’s reasonable to suppose that one could oscillate between being biologically 20 and biologically 25 indefinitely.”
- “I have been aware for many years that most people do not think about aging in the same way that they think about cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. They are strongly in favor of the absolute elimination of such diseases as soon as possible, but the idea of eliminating aging—maintaining truly youthful physical and mental function indefinitely—evokes an avalanche of fears and reservations. Yet, in the sense that matters most, aging is just like smoking: It’s really bad for you.”
- “If changing our world is playing God, it is just one more way in which God made us in His image.
- “As far as I’m concerned, aging is humanity’s worst problem, by some serious distance.
- “Ageing is, simply and clearly, the accumulation of damage in the body. That’s all that aging is.”
- “If you look at winners of the Nobel Prize in biology, you’ll find a fair smattering of people who don’t know how to work a pipette.”
- “What I actually wanted to do with my life is make a difference in the world. That led me into science very quickly.”
- “What I’m after is not living to 1,000. I’m after letting people avoid death for as long as they want to.”