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Aubrey de Grey, the anti-aging research pioneer who was removed in August as chief scientific officer of the SENS Research Foundation, will not be reinstated to a leadership position following the conclusion of a second independent investigation into additional allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

A five-page executive summary of the investigation detailed a handful of incidents that fit a pattern of unprofessional, boundary-crossing behavior previously reported by STAT. Beyond these incidents — and ones described in an initial report made public in September — investigators from the law firm Van Dermyden Makus wrote they did not find evidence that de Grey had engaged in non-consensual sexual contact or communications toward anyone associated with the foundation, including current or former employees.


In a statement, the SRF board of directors noted that the findings of the second investigation did not change its unanimous decision to fire de Grey. “Our respect for Dr. de Grey and his work remains deep and unwavering,” the board wrote. “While our separation was necessary, we intend to move forward with SRF in a way that honors his legacy.”

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