Longevity supplements conference unlocks advancements in aging research

We report from the first global scientific conference focused solely on the role of supplements as a geroprotective intervention.

The recent Unlock Healthy Longevity: Supplements conference hosted at the National University of Singapore (NUS) represented a significant gathering of professionals in the field of aging research. With a focus on the potential of supplements to promote healthy aging and extend healthspan, the conference provided a platform for leading scientists, clinicians and industry experts to share the latest findings and insights.

As well as looking at individual molecules such as taurine, AKG, ergothioneine, urolithin A and NAD+ precursors, the conference discussed labelling issues, companion diagnostics, clinical validation and translating research, as well as examining the role supplements play in longevity clinics.

Longevity.Technology’s founder and CEO Phil Newman was there, presenting on Trends, opportunities and threats of the longevity supplements industry and a member of the panel discussion Regulation of supplements – should it be a supplement or a drug.

Longevity supplements conference unlocks advancements in aging research

He said the conference marked a significant milestone in the field of aging research: “As someone immersed in longevity science, I was delighted to see this branch evolve so rapidly that it can now support a dedicated conference.”

Longevity.Technology: Discussions at the conference highlighted a shift in aging research; rather than targeting individual diseases, the field is moving towards interventions targeting the underlying biology of aging itself. This more holistic approach holds promise for improving overall health and vitality, and should ripple into significant societal and economic benefits, particularly in light of existing and predicted aging population demographics.

Presentations covered a range of potential interventions, including pharmaceuticals such as metformin, SGLT-2 inhibitors and GLP-1 receptor agonists that show promise in promoting healthspan or longevity. The conference also examined non-pharmaceutical approaches including supplements, exercise and lifestyle modifications, and discussed how they can be used as tools to prevent and treat frailty. Available strategies are often multifaceted, and this underlines the versatility needed to tackle the complexities of aging.

The conference also discussed the accelerating field of longevity clinics, highlighting the growing interest in personalized care tailored to aging individuals, an area which has become a cornerstone of longevity medicine. However, challenges related to accessibility and affordability were acknowledged, indicating the need for scalable solutions, as well as lower cost options that can democratize these services. Just as personal computing has become accessible and essential, embedding longevity clinics into healthcare infrastructure will embed a preventative outlook, with personalized supplement regimens helping to slow age-related decline. As well as delivering personalized care to a wider population, this will bring about significant societal impact, not just individual benefits.

Longevity supplements conference unlocks advancements in aging research

In an age where sensationalism often eclipses scientific rigor, disseminating accurate information about healthy aging is paramount. The conference discussed the need for reliable channels that debunk myths and empower consumers with trustworthy knowledge that is grounded in evidence. The need for robust due diligence and self-regulation within the longevity supplements industry was also discussed. Research integrity and accurate and transparent product claims are non-negotiable, and furores, such as those involving Sirtris and Theranos, can mislead both investors and consumers. The industry needs to foster trust by promoting authentic research and service providers.

The Unlock Healthy Longevity: Supplements conference signified a significant step forward in our understanding of aging and the potential of interventions to promote healthy lifespans. Addressing the challenges of accessibility, misinformation and authenticity will be crucial in translating these advancements into real-world benefits for a wider population.

Longevity supplements conference unlocks advancements in aging research

Professor J J (Hans) Meij, Co-Founder & Director of NUS Academy for Healthy Longevity and Visiting Professor at National University of Singapore, told Longevity.Technology the conference reflected the growing interest in the field.

“Healthy longevity is attracting more and more people,” he said. “We, at the Academy for Healthy Longevity are happy to provide intensive courses and interesting academic pathways on this topic. Last week showed that there is eagerness in the field of healthcare and longevity to know more. The intensive course and the conference both provided that ‘more’ . Let us continue on our way to a healthier and longlived society.” 

Professor Andrea Maier, Cofounder of NUS Academy for Healthy Longevity and President of Healthy Longevity Medicine Society, echoed Meij’s sentiments. 

“The event was huge success with 790 participants from 45 countries, 42 speakers and 20 sponsors. Through coverage of preclinical and clinical research on geroprotection with supplements, the conference clearly highlighted the readiness to grow the field. It was good to see delegates acknowledge that regulations to ensure quality and efficacy are of upmost importance, and I look forward to continued progress in this area.”

Photographs courtesy of Unlock Healthy Longevity