Fifth Alcor Conference
on Extreme Life Extension

Alcor's 30th anniversary!

November 16 to 17, 2002
at the Newport Beach Marriott near Los Angeles, California
An Introductory Tutorial will be held on November 15

This conference is over this web site provides archival information

Alcor: providing human cryopreservation services since 1972

Conference Chairs:

Ralph C. Merkle

Kat Cotter, D.C.

Publicity about the conference:

Orange County Register, November 17th 2002: There's no gray area in anti-aging ranks

"This weekend in Newport Beach, at the 5th [Alcor] annual Extreme Life Extension Conference, a bunch of A-list scientists are gathered to discuss a B-movie idea: living long enough to live forever."

Wired News, November 18th 2002: Ray Kurzweil's Plan: Never Die

"Ray Kurzweil, celebrated author, inventor and geek hero, plans to live forever."

Wired News, November 20th 2002: A Few Ways to Win Mortality War

"Discussions among leading researchers in nanotechnology, cloning and artificial intelligence focused on much more than cryonics, the process of freezing the body in liquid nitrogen after death to be later reanimated. Cryonics is basically a backup plan if technology doesn't obliterate mortality first."

Wired News, November 20th 2002: Who Wants to Live Forever?

"Gregory Benford, of the University of California at Irvine, believes the public should know that 'cryonicists aren't crazy, they're just really great, sexy optimists.'", November 22nd 2002:The Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension

"Bringing together longevity experts, biotechnology pioneers, and futurists, the conference explored how the emerging technologies of biotechnology, nanotechnology, and cryonics will enable humans to halt and ultimately reverse aging and disease and live indefinitely."








Speaker Bios





The First Immortal



Media Inquiries



The Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension will be held at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel, 900 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, California 92660. The Conference will begin with a reception the evening of Friday, November 15; and end Sunday, November 17, 2002. An intensive Tutorial on Fundamental Issues in Extreme Life Extension will be held on November 15.

John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Orange County California is 15 minutes from the Conference hotel. The hotel runs a complementary shuttle every hour at the bottom of the hour.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 50 minutes.

We have arranged with Southwest Airlines for a 10% discount off most fares for air travel to and from the conference. Call Southwest Airlines Group and Meetings Reservations at 1-800-433-5368 and reference I.D. Code J7022. Make reservations five or more days before you want to travel to take advantage of this discount. Airports covered are SNA, BUR and LAX. Travel dates must be between November 10th and 25th.

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Topics Covered

We live longer and healthier lives today than in centuries past because of remarkable advances in medical technology. We've already sequenced the human genome, cloned mammals, and replaced the human heart with an artificial pump. Soon we will understand the basic mechanisms of life. Not only is our understanding deepening, we are also gaining the ability to modify, control and repair the fundamental molecular and cellular structures from which we are made. Age and infirmity will become as rare as bubonic plague and smallpox. Youthful vigor and long lasting good health will be the norm. How rapidly these advances take place and the extent to which we as individuals benefit from them depends very much on what we do. The Fifth Alcor Conference on Extreme Life Extension is a meeting of scientists and individuals who are working toward the expansion of human health and longevity. This conference will cover topics relevant to these pursuits including:

  • cryobiology
  • tissue engineering
  • cryonics
  • nanomedicine
  • genetic engineering
  • therapeutic cloning
  • vitrification
  • cryonics estate planning
  • anti-aging medicine
  • medical nanodevices


Michael D. West
President & CEO of Advanced Cell Technology

Human Therapeutic Cloning: Opportunities and Challenges

Ray Kurzweil
recipient of the 1999 National Medal of Technology, Kurzweil Technologies

The Singularity is Near

A Bridge to a Bridge to a Bridge

Gregory Benford
Professor of Physics, University of California, Irvine. In a two page profile Science Magazine called him "...a mild-mannered professor who doubles as the working physicist's science fiction writer."

Cryonics in the Long View

K. Eric Drexler
Chairman, Foresight Institute

Time said "...a few centuries hence, the name Eric Drexler just might appear alongside those of Einstein and Freud"
Newsweek called him one of "100 people to watch in the next millennium."

Hear the world's foremost expert on nanotechnology explain the amazing potential of this coming revolution in technology. Drexler is the author of Engines of Creation and Nanosystems: Molecular Machinery, Manufacturing, and Computation; the founding books in the field.

Nanotechnology: The Upside

Gregory Benford, Professor of Physics, University of California, Irvine Cryonics in the Long View
Kat Cotter, D.C., Vice President, Maximum Life Foundation Extending Your Healthspan Now
K. Eric Drexler, Chairman, Foresight Institute Nanotechnology: The Upside
Aubrey de Grey, Department of Genetics University of Cambridge Engineering negligible senescence: rational design of feasible, comprehensive rejuvenation biotechnology
Gregory Fahy, Chief Scientific Officer of 21st Century Medicine Organ Cryopreservation Research at 21st Century Medicine
Robert A. Freitas, Jr., author, Nanomedicine; Research Scientist, Zyvex Nanomedicine: Impact on Global Mortality
Steven B. Harris, MD, Director of Research, Critical Care Research Improvements in Rapid Cooling to Save the Brain
Rudi Hoffman, Certified Financial Planner The Affordable Immortal: How YOU can fund the new science of Biostasis
David A. Kekich, founder, Maximum Life Foundation New Venture Capital Solution For Life Extension Projects
Kathy Kriese Panel: Women in Cryonics
Ray Kurzweil, recipient of the 1999 National Medal of Technology, Kurzweil Technologies The Singularity Is Near and A Bridge to a Bridge to a Bridge
Jerry Lemler, President and CEO, Alcor Alcor at 30: Where Do We Go From Here?
Ralph C. Merkle, Alcor Director; Vice President, Technology Assessment, Foresight Institute Conference Introduction
Max More, President, Extropy Institute Mind the Gap: Strategic Scenario Analysis for Your Second Life
Natasha Vita-More, media artist, lecturer and writer Panel: Women in Cryonics
Christine Peterson, President, Foresight Institute Judging Life Extension Technologies
Michael Rose, Professor, Evolutionary Biology of Aging, Evolutionary Genetics; University of California at Irvine Prospects for Biological Immortality
Stephen Spindler, Professor of Biochemistry, University of California, Riverside Chipping Away at the Mysteries of Aging: what you don't eat can't hurt you.
Michael D. West, President & CEO of Advanced Cell Technology Human Therapeutic Cloning: Opportunities and Challenges
Brian Wowk, Research Scientist, 21st Century Medicine Issues and Technologies for Long-Term Tissue Storage

Tutorial on Fundamental Issues in Extreme Life Extension



Gregory Fahy and Brian Wowk Extreme Life Prolongation at Cryogenic Temperatures
Ralph C. Merkle Nanotechnology: how it will transform medicine and enable repair of cryopreserved tissue
Aubrey de Grey Cancer, telomerase and aging
Jerry Lemler and Alcor Staff The New Alcor Human Cryopreservation Protocols


Alcor Life Extension Foundation, Foresight Institute, and Future Electronics.

What is Cryonics?

A Free Introduction to Life Extension Sponsored by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation

Thursday November 14th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Ralph Merkle, Vice President of Technology Assessment, Foresight Institute and Jerry Lemler, President and CEO of Alcor, will introduce you to cryonics. Mary Naples, CLU, ChFC, will discuss life insurance for cryonics. This will be followed by a panel with audience Q&A, and the evening will end with informal discussion and socializing. Call 800-482-6791 to RSVP.

Introduce your friends and relatives to cryonics

Give them a copy of the novel The First Immortal.

Media inquiries

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