Looking for gold standards for longevity clinics

Following a dynamic inaugural conference, the International Roundtable of Longevity Clinics is here to stay.

The International Institute of Longevity, in scientific partnership with the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, organized the inaugural International Roundtable of Longevity Clinics; the event took place on 8 December 2023, at the Buck Institute in Novato, California.

Longevity.Technology: The inaugural International Roundtable of Longevity Clinics brought together the world’s most prominent clinics on stage – as well as many more in the audience – to discuss cutting-edge trends and accelerate scientific knowledge in the field of healthspan optimisation and longevity. A major milestone, the Roundtable was a significant advancement in shaping the future of the growing sector of medical clinics focusing on longevity.

The gathering aimed to better understand the current state of the market and share knowledge and expertise in order to identify best practices and guidelines in longevity medicine diagnostics and interventions. By establishing a recurring forum for the world’s leading longevity clinics, the Roundtable aims to foster global collaboration and share innovative approaches that extend healthspan and improve quality of life, as well as identify effective diagnostics and recommendations for longevity-focused interventions, supplements and therapies.

In recent years, the field of longevity has witnessed significant growth, with the emergence of myriad longevity clinics, diagnostics and interventions, but there are currently no established gold standards or guidelines for these practice – indeed, there is as yet no clear definition of what ‘a longevity clinic’ actually is. In order to ensure these practices are embedded into preventive protocols, is paramount that consumer confidence and public understanding of them is fostered – a set of standards will form an integral part of this confidence.

Looking for gold standards for longevity clinics
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As longevity gains in popularity, the sector is seeing numerous facilities branding themselves as ‘longevity clinics’, but not all are based on medicine. Other questions prompting the formation of the Roundtable including how to conduct reliable age diagnostics, how to evaluate the same, which therapies are really effective and how can this effectiveness be measured.

With the rise of interest in biological ages, the Roundtable also wanted to consider whether these ages correlate with any of the medical metrics and standards already used by medical doctors.

“Anyone can call themselves a Longevity Clinic – so how can you make the right choice?” Joanna Bensz, Founder and CEO, Longevity Center, told Longevity.Technology. “What is the minimum medical standard a clinic need to have to be called a longevity clinic? Those are some of the areas we would like to focus on in more detail. First by observing the market and those that have proven record and evidence based results.”

Looking for gold standards for longevity clinics
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“There is also a lot or collaboration potential between clinics, especially on the research side and comparing best practices,” said Bensz, added that it had been a very inspirational day filled with presentations of top experts and practitioners of longevity focused medicine as well as providers of diagnostics, interventions, products and services.

Highlights including Dr David Karow leading a discussion on trends in the area of longevity diagnostics with leading experts, Ryan Smith, Founder and VP, TruDiagnostic, Owen Phillips, PhD, CEO and Founder, BrainKey, Gil Blander Founder and CSO, InsideTracker, Nikolina Lauc Co-Founder and CEO, GlycanAge and Sean London, MD, Lead Radiologist, Prenuvo.

Bensz also highlighted that the Roundtable learned about new trends in sleep diagnostics, courtesy of Elie Gottlieb, Lead Applied Sleep Scientist, SleepScore Labs, and the participants enjoyed a lottery with various prizes.

Photographs courtesy of Longevity Center