There was only 1 minute introductory speech allowed and it’s really hard to get a point across about a political innovation concerning healthy longevity that can be achieved via advanced biomedicine. One needs to make a scientific point too. Good lesson and learning experience though.
I was invited to participate at the Harpenden Hustings for the European Elections today. Harpenden is also home of Rothamstead Research.
I was glad to observe 2 things.
First, the positive way of how to frame the problem and program here: to talk about healthy longevity, more years spent healthily and fully functionally as opposed to highlight the functional compromise that is biological ageing and the societal burden that comes with it.
Second, there’s a target number emerging as an objective, to quote from the press release:
Government has set a goal that by 2035 we should all be able to live 5 extra healthy, independent yearsAll Party Parliamentary Group for Longevity – living well for longer – a strategy to accelerate health span by 2035 press release
So I see a rare political consensus emerging around this mission on part of mainstream political actors in the UK and the messaging is good.
Additionally, I have 3 points to raise to broaden this message and make it bolder too. But first, here’s my new business card for you to look at for the elections, probably the only such card from a candidate featuring an actual scientific figure showing the hallmark molecular and cellular aging processes. 🙂 Continue reading “My take on Parliamentary Longevity Group launch event in House of Commons”
The East of England region of the UK has now an underdog, cross-border, science nerd candidate for the upcoming EU Elections to stand for prioritising health and longevity. Yes, that’s me and am going to be the only truly independent one as well.
Coming out of the Chelmsford City Council after I handed in my nomination package to stand as a candidate for the upcoming EU elections.
Let me tell you something about the past, the present and the future. Continue reading “Running as an independent UK MEP candidate advancing health and longevity”
Health and Longevity Politics Global (HLPG or Longevity Politics for short) is happy to present you with our first interview with non other, than Felix Werth, founder and leader of the German Party for Health Research (PfHR), a unique single-issue political party focusing making medical advances counteracting age-associated diseases as its top priority. Earlier we reported that PfHR has finalised its election program for the upcoming European elections on 26th, May, 2019. The success of PfHR on this election might become a watershed moment for all those around the world representing a new, fresh approach for health and longevity politics. Please read Felix’s detailed answers to form an impression yourself. The interview was very slightly edited to ease understanding.
HLPG: Hi Felix. Tell us about yourself in a couple of sentences, who are you and how has been your life unfolded so far?
Felix Werth: I was born in 1978. After school I did my masters degree in electrical and computer engineering, because I like math and physics. In 2012 I learned, that we have a chance to develop effective medicine against all diseases of old age in the near future. Because I think, that this is so very important, I decided to make it to my life´s purpose to help with this development, because the more people help, the faster we will probably achieve this goal. I switched fields and got a biochemistry degree to help with the research directly. Because I learned how slow the progress in the lab is and because the development of effective medicine against the diseases of old age could be hastened significantly with much more scientists and investments, I decided to do advocacy for more government funding in this area.
HLPG: What is the founding story & motivation behind the Party for Health Research? Continue reading “In-depth interview with Felix Werth, leader of German Party for Health Research ahead of the EU elections”
The German Party for Health Research (PfH) has finalised its election program for the upcoming European elections on 26th, May, 2019. Their main proposal is to allocate 30 billion euros additionally, every year, from the EU budget for aging related research to develop medicines.
PfH is the only known single-issue political party, dedicated solely to the cause of counteracting aging-associated diseases.
Stay tuned for more details to come.
Source: Felix Werth, leader of GPfH