Every day millions of scientists work to make our lives better. These heroes work tirelessly to create and design everything around us, from rocket ships, to clean water filters, to cures for diseases. Many of these heroes are dedicating their lives to research that will lead to discoveries that will increase our health span by helping us all live healthier and longer lives. We are here to support and advocate for these heroes.
The Hero Science Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to raise public awareness and financial support for basic biomedical research related to increasing our health span and defining the fundamental biological mechanisms that prevent age-related diseases and disabilities.
The current healthcare system is doing a remarkable job addressing the diseases of aging, however, doing so without solving the underlying processes of aging produces escalating effects on healthcare spending. We need a paradigmatic revolution to break the cycle of escalating healthcare costs by solving the process of aging. We believe that focusing on restoring the body’s homeostatic capacity (i.e., its ability to operate at a healthy equilibrium) could be the way to revolutionize healthcare.
We believe that based on the rapid rate of biomedical breakthroughs, the question is not whether we can make breakthroughs in this area, but when it will happen. We are in a race against time, but unfortunately because our current healthcare system is structured as a disease care system and there is minimal funding available for research targeted at solving aging and making us live healthier by preventing disease in the first place.
There are tens of thousands of qualified scientists ready to take on the challenge, but they need access to funding that allows them to pursue science that they are passionate about, and not just areas of science that they think will get funded because of the way the current system is structured. For example, the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) 2015 budget of $29.9 billion has been flat or in decline for the past five years and of the $1.2 billion set aside for the National Institute of Aging (NIA), only $160 million (less than 0.004% of the annual budget) is earmarked for grants to longevity sciences. Because of a lack of funding, the NIA is able to make grants to only about 8% of all grant applications – despite the fact that 20-25% of all applications are considered to be valid, qualified and credentialed applications. This means that 12-17% of “good” applications are just not getting funded. In addition, the average age at which new NIH investigators receive their first research grant is now 42 year old. This means that the vast majority of young minds that have a passion to work in this area are unfunded and must focus on research in areas where there is funding.
We are in a race against time, and we are here to help accelerate the pace of the race.
Organizations like the United Way, The American Heart Association, The American Cancer Society, The National Diabetes Society, The Red Cross, NRDC, WWF, and hundreds of other national and international organizations provide channels for the public to pool resources and then advocate for and support their chosen areas of emphasis. The Hero Science Foundation provides a similar umbrella for research related to increasing our health span and the restoration of homeostatic capacity.