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Michael V​ilenchik, Who Did Medical Research on Aging, Dies at 70

November 13, 2008
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Michael Vilenchik, 70, a medical researcher who studied the biological aspects of aging, died Sept. 24. He was a resident of Chester, Pa.

Dr. Vilenchik, who defected from the Soviet Union, was an internationally recognized scientist who made significant contributions to the fields of aging and radiation biology.

He had been on the staff of the Longevity Achievement Foundation at the Sally Balin Medical Center in Media since 1995.

The center specializes in dermatology, cosmetic surgery and longevity medicine.

In addition to his work at the foundation, Vilenchik collaborated with Dr. Alfred Knudsen, a prominent medical researcher at the Fox Chase Cancer Center, on the genetic effects of radiation, and published three scientific papers on the subject. They were preparing to publish a fourth.

As early as the 1970s, in his native Russia, Vilenchik was doing groundbreaking research. He studied the crucial role that repair to DNA damage can have on human protection against cancer and degenerative diseases.

He earned a medical degree in Russia and earned a doctoral degree in biophysics from the Presidium of the Academy of Science of the USSR.

He was a senior scientist at the Institute of Biological Physics of the USSR Academy of Sciences in 1990 when he was invited to lecture at the Medical Research Council in Harwell, England.

While in England, he defected from the Soviet Union and moved to Israel, where he was an associate with the Institute for Environmental Research at Tel Aviv University for a year.

From 1991 until 1995, he was a research scientist at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse and at Cornell University.

Vilenchik is survived by a daughter, Janna Volkova, and a sister, Anna Kokotova.

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