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The Vitae Institute has adopted the following plan for operations. It is divided into three phases, the latter ones to be initiated when funding becomes available.

Phase 1 - Construction of Basic Infrastructure
  • Cataloguing basic info on interesting topics in biogerontology related to life extension, and making this available via the website with direct links to the associated scientific literature.
  • Supporting groups such as the Methuselah Mouse Prize and others that are paving rational approaches to understanding and reversing aging via donations and cross-promotion.
  • Soliciting donations from website visitors, private organizations with similar interests, and individual donors.
  • Organization of researchers (principal investigators, post-doctorate researchers, medical doctors, graduate students, and undergraduates) who are thinking progressively about life-extension technology while maintaining strict allegiances to stringent scientific methodologies. Possible specific activities include: creation and maintenance of a researcher directory, online forums, and spotlighting of research.

Phase 2 - Grant Endowment and Expansion of Activities
  • Granting scholarships and grants to promising researchers that are intelligently forwarding research in illuminating the mechanistic etiology of aging, or in demonstrating the efficacy of life-extension technologies in mammals that appear translatable to humans.
  • Maintaining tabs on illegitimate products/endeavors purporting to be "anti-aging" or related to "life-extension" (eg. most products sold by the Life Extension Foundation, in late-night tv ads, etc). Development of collaborations with skeptic or consumer reports organizations.
  • Distributing educational material on core concepts related to life-extension research (eg. evolutionary biology of aging: aging process not being programmed; long-lived mutants, caloric restriction, hypotheses relating to age-associated damage/pathologies and putative interventions). Formation of a wiki sub-site on biogerontology and life-extension topics (many such pages on wikipedia are in a dire state of scientific inaccuracy, and editorial control could promote scientific ideas while disallowing advertising and pseudo-science).
  • Educating mainstream scientists on the legitimacy of life-extension research. Eg. via: student "chapters" of the Vitae Institute, talks at universities by scientific members of the Vitae Institute, and presentations at aging conferences.

Phase 3 - Internal Research and Further Expansion
  • Funding our own research projects.
  • Applying for foundation and government grants to expand operations and contribute to our research projects.
  • Initiating campaigns to persuade government funders to spend more money on basic aging research and research with *direct* relevance to the development life-extension technologies (within the limitations of 501(c)3 status).
  • Stimulate collaborations between scientists via financial incentives to work on research related to life-extension technologies or basic aging research. Many scientists might be interested in basic aging research and/or life-extension research but are unable to get grants or funds to pursue projects on these subjects. Securing them even partial funding might allow them to focus on these projects.