X-Message-Number: 208
From: Kevin Q. Brown
Subject: European Cryonics Conference 
Date: 1 Aug 1990

Here is the text of a recent flyer on the upcoming European Cryonics
                                       - Kevin Q. Brown
                    European Cryonics Conference
                          Oct. 26-28, 1990
                         Gatwick Moat House
                  Gatwick Airport, London, England
          Sponsored by the Alcor Life Extension Foundation

Cryonics is the science of freezing terminal patients to enable them to be
treated with advanced medical technologies in the future.  Cryonics has been
practiced in the United States since 1967.  The Alcor Life Extension Foundation
of Riverside, California, USA is the best and largest cryonics organization in
the world.
Alcor's members in England have now formed Alcor, U.K. in order to promote
cryonics in England and other European countries.  A new fully-equipped
cryonics facility has just been opened in East Sussex (south of London) to
facilitate the practice of cryonics in Europe.  The European Cryonics
Conference is an opportunity for Europeans to learn about cryonics and the
possibility of extending their own lives from some of the foremost authorities
in the world.


Friday Evening, Oct. 26
7 PM - 10 PM, Meetings and Greetings
An informal gathering of speakers and registrants at the Conference Hospitality
Suite.  An opportunity to talk about cryonics, the prospect of reanimation,
recent advances in aging research, and the implications of extending the
human lifespan with the authorities.  Those who have pre-registered for the
conference can pick up their name tags at this time.  Refreshments will be

Saturday Oct. 27
8 AM - 9 AM Registration
The fee for registration at the door will be $50 per person or $80 per couple
(US dollars or other currencies).  Those who have preregistered (at $30 per
person or $50 per couple) can pick up their name tags at this time.

9 AM - 9:15 AM  History of Cryonics
    by Saul Kent, Conference Director
A short, introductory history of cryonics by one of the people who launched
the movement in the United States in the 1960s.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM  Cryonics Can Save Your Life
    by Mike Darwin, Dir. of Research, Alcor Foundation
What is cryonics?  How does it work?  Why cryonics provides terminal patients
with an opportunity for continued life in the future.  How patients are placed
into cryonic suspension.  The scientific basis for cryonics.  What scientific
research is being conducted to improve cryonics?  What are the implications of
cryonics?  How do you sign up for cryonics?  Why you should sign up today!

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM  Mid-Morning Break
Tea and coffee will be served.  An opportunity to pick up literature, look at
displays, and speak with representatives of Alcor.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  The Promise of Nanotechnology
    by Ralph C. Merkle, Ph.D., Xerox Research Center, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Rapid advances in molecular computing, artifical intelligence, protein
engineering, scanning tunneling microscopy, and other fields are leading to
the ability to alter the shape and function of matter by manipulating atoms
with great precision (nanotechnology).  One consequence of nanotechnology is
expected to be the development of very small, self replicating devices capable
of entering human cells in order to repair and/or replace damaged components.
Such cell repair devices could enable future medical science to restore
patients in cryonic suspension to life, health and youthful vigor.

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM  The Controversy Over Cryonics
    A Discussion With Mike Darwin and Ralph C. Merkle, Ph.D.
    (moderated by Saul Kent)
Cryonics has not been accepted by the scientific or medical establishments
because it involves an unorthodox approach to patient care.  Cryonics patients
are frozen by imperfect methods (to ultra-low temperatures) only after today's
doctors can no longer treat them effectively.  Advocates contend that the
medical science of the 21st century (or beyond) may be able to restore cryonics
patients to life, health and youth.  Critics contend that cryonics patients
are wasting their money because the damage caused by today's freezing methods
will make it impossible for future medical science to restore them to life.
These issues will be discussed by advocates of cryonics.  Efforts have been
made, and will continue to be made, to persuade scientists who have been
highly critical of cryonics to join the discussion in order to defend their

12:30 - 2 PM  Lunch
Registrants will be free to make their own arrangements for lunch.  They may
dine at the restaurant at the Gatwick Moat House or at any other restaurant
in the area.

2 PM - 2:45 PM  Can Deprenyl Extend The Human Lifespan?
    by Joseph Knoll, M.D., Head - Dept. of Pharmacology, Semmelweis University
    of Medicine, Budapest, Hungary
Dr. Knoll has shown that Deprenyl can radically extend the maximum lifespan
of aging laboratory rats.  Deprenyl has also been shown to be an effective
treatment for Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, and depression.  In
this talk, Dr. Knoll will present evidence that Deprenyl slows down the age-
related decay of the nigro-striatal dopaminergic system which, according to
his studies, is deeply involved in the brain's control of postmenopausal
longevity.  Based upon experimental data and recent clinical findings with
Deprenyl, Dr. Knoll argues that life-long administration of small, safe doses
of Deprenyl, starting at age 45, could enable us to add 10-20 healthy years
to our lifespan.

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM  The Cryopreservation of Organs
    by Pierre Boutron, Ph.D., Laboratoire Louis Neel, Universite Joseph
    Fourier, Grenoble, France
Recent advances in low temperature biology indicate that we are moving closer
to the achievement of long-term preservation of organs (such as the kidney) for
transplantation.  Dr. Boutron will discuss these advances, which include his
own and Dr. Gregory Fahy's experiments with vitrification, an innovative
technology that permits the preservation of biologic tissues at ultra-low
temperatures - without the formation of ice crystals.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM  Mid-Afternoon Break
Tea and coffee will be served.  An opportunity to pick up literature, look at
displays, and speak with representatives from Alcor.

3:45 - 4:15 PM  The Right to Cryonic Suspension Prior to "Death"
    by Thomas Donaldson, Ph.D., Sunnyvale, CA
A question-and-answer session with the man whose lawsuit to obtain the right
to pre-mortem cryonic suspension has attracted world-wide attention.

4:15 PM - 5 PM  Cryonics in Europe
A discussion of current and future cryonics activities in Europe moderated by
Saul Kent.  It will begin with a short description of the state of cryonics in
various countries by individuals from these countries:
  England - Alan Sinclair        France  - Anatole Dolinoff
  Germany - Peter B. Volk        Spain   - Carlos Mondragon
  Italy   - Dan David            Austria - Dr. Ernest Fasan
This will be followed by a discussion of how Alcor expects to utilize the new
facility in Europe.  Members of the audience will then be urged to ask
questions and comment about cryonics in Europe.

5 PM - 7 PM  Dinner
Registrants will be free to make their own arrangements for dinner.  They may
dine at the restaurant at the Gatwick Moat House or at any other restaurant in
the area.

7 PM - 8 PM  How to Take Your Money With You
    by Saul Kent and William Faloon, The Reanimation Foundation,
    Vaduz, Liechtenstein
How individuals, who are signed up for cryonic suspension, can contribute
money (and other assets) to an organization set up to fund reanimation
research, attempts to reanimate cryonics patients and to provide contributors
who are successfully reanimated with money to re-enter society.
Why a Liechtenstein foundation can return your money (with interest) if and
when you are restored to life, health and youth.

8 PM - 9 PM  How to Sign Up for Cryonics
    by Carlos Mondragon, President, Alcor Life Extension Foundation
The procedures you must go through to make legal and financial arrangements for
your own cryonic suspension.  Alternative methods of financing your cryonic
suspension. How Alcor's unique coordinator program is leading to the
development of a crucial support system for Alcor suspension members throughout
the world.

9 PM - 12 Midnight  Afterthoughts and Questions
A chance to reflect on the information and ideas presented throughout the day
in the comfort of the Conference Hospitality Suite.  Speakers will be
available to answer your questions and to discuss your concerns about cryonics,
reanimation, and the prospect of a longer, healthier, and more prosperous

Sunday, Oct. 28
9 AM - 1 PM  A Guided Tour of the Alcor, U.K. Facility
A bus to transport conference participants to the new Alcor, U.K. facility in
East Sussex (south of London) will leave from the Gatwick Moat House at
9:00 AM.  When you arrive at the Alcor facility, a tour guide will take you
through the operating room, where suspensions are performed; the long-term
patient care area, where patients can be maintained in stainless-steel
cryogenic dewars; an ambulance containing portable cryonics equipment; and the
conference room, where questions can be asked about the facility and Alcor's
plans in Europe.  After 1:00 PM, lunch will be provided by the Alcor staff
and, at 3:00 PM, the bus will head back to Gatwick airport.

Registration and Lodging
The European Cryonics Conference will be held at the Gatwick Moat House at
Gatwick Airport, London, England.  The registration fee for the European
Cryonics Conference, which includes lunch on Sunday, Oct. 28, is $30 per person
and $50 per couple (US dollars only) if you register by mail or by phone prior
to the conference.  The registration fee at the door will be $50 per person and
$80 per couple.  Rooms are available at the Gatwick Moat House for L42.50
(about $68) for either a single or double.  To reserve your room at the Gatwick
Moat House, call: 0293-785599; their FAX number is: 0293-785991.  Registrants
calling from another country must first dial their international access code,
the country code for England, and then drop the zero.
To register for the European Cryonics Conference by credit card, phone Alcor
USA at: 714-736-1703 if you live outside the U.S. (those outside the U.S. must
dial their international access code and the country code for the U.S. before
dialing the Alcor number).  If you live in the U.S., you can call toll-free by
dialing: 1-800-367-2228.  The Alcor FAX number is: 714-736-6917.  Send checks
or money orders to Alcor, 12327 Doherty Street, Riverside, CA 92503 USA.

Getting To the European Cryonics Conference
If you're arriving at Gatwick Airport, please call the Gatwick Moat House to
summon the free shuttle bus on the special phone at the front of the airport.
If you're arriving at Heathrow Airport, take the Speedlink bus to Gatwick
Airport and then summon the free shuttle bus.  The Speedlink bus leaves
Heathrow every 15 minutes from terminals 1 and 4.  The cost of the trip to
Gatwick is L10.  If you're traveling by car, take motorway (M-23) to Gatwick
Airport, go around the circle between the terminals, and look for the Gatwick
Moat House, next to the Penta Hotel.  The address of the Gatwick Moat House is:
Longbridge Roundabout, Gatwick, Horly, Surrey RH6 OAB.

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