It was often said that aging was just part of getting older. However, Mikhail Blagosklonny did not believe aging meant looking and feeling old. Dr. Mikhail Blagosklonny is an Oncology Professor at Rosewell Park Cancer Institute located in Buffalo, New York. Dr. Blagosklonny has done a great deal of research on cellular biology and clinical analysis that include tumor suppression and anticancer therapeutics. His investigation was motivated by his desire to find a way to stop or slow down the aging process and to provide a way for people to age and still be as healthy as possible. After all of his probing, Blagosklonny found something that could help him come closer to achieving his goal; Rampamycin. Follow Mikhail on Google Scholar
Rampamycin is named after “Rapa Nui” which is native for the Easter Islands where the drug was discovered. This drug was secreted from bacteria into the soil to hinder the growth of other opposing fungi while absorbing as many nutrients as possible. When tested on insects (especially those with normally short life spans), it was noted that they lived longer when they were ingested with this drug. Rampamycin was also known to have the same results when mice were tested with this drug and because mice are mammals Dr. Blagosklonny was hoping that Rampamycin could work on human beings the same way. Dr. Blagosklonny speaks of how the drug is so safe that it could be used by volunteers and the volunteers would have very few side effects. It definitely was possible but Dr. Blagosklonny faced much criticism and scrutiny along the way, but he was determined to prove them all wrong. Dr. Blagosklonny knew that Rampamycin was already clinically approved and was previously known to treat diseases like cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease because of its rejuvenating properties it helped to boost immune systems and prevent other diseases.
After years of research, ideas of Mikhail Blagosklonny were proven right. Blagosklonny’s vision of prolonging human lives and keeping elderly people from getting sicker has gained some traction in some cases and will get much more recognition in the years to come. This gives us all hope for the future so that as a society we will look forward to growing old gracefully and not living constantly in fear of getting old, getting sick and dying. Visit classroomvoices.org to read more about Mikhail.