Marios Kyriazis – a fourth generation medical doctor, a biomedical gerontologist, the Nobel Prize nominee, the Man of the Year (2017), author of more than 1000 articles, owner of the Kyriazis Medical Museum in Larnaca.
We met at the traditional mansion in the centre of Larnaca which is now occupied by the Kyriazis Medical Museum named by its owner. The white hall with colourful floor tiles leads from the entrance to the backyard. Dr Marios Kyriazis comes out from the second room on the right side and greets me with a handshake. The first things I see in the room are huge portraits.
Marios, whose portraits are these?
My great-grandfather, grandfather and me. I followed their steps and became a doctor of medicine. However, in the XIX and beginning of the XX century, there were no certain specialities, so they treated all patients in the city. They were gynecologists, therapists, surgeons and dentists all in one. I also have pharmacists among my ancestors.
You are a world famous gerontologist. Have you found a longevity formula?
That is the point of all my studies. There is no such pill or formula to prolong our lives. I believe that humans should be integrated within a technological and information-rich environment and those who become indispensable will experience a reversal of their resource priorities. For those interested in biomedical issues I strongly recommend to read further details about my work about indispensable soma.
Last year you have been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine with your theory.
Yes. The main idea of the theory is that a society should level up by interaction with technologies and art. The brain must be occupied with new challenges and progress. Environment changes so quickly. For example, before I would have to run a lot: to get food, to keep myself warm, but now all I have to do is to cross a street and enter a store. The brain itself will support the body if there is a global idea for the concrete individual on this planet. If all the systems maintain properly, then the body will not age. However, if a man prefers to age without social activities, exercise and interaction with the new technologies, his presence becomes unnecessary and he will be soon replaced by a newborn with a clear mind.
How many people should follow this lead to become a long-liver?
At least 10% of the population, meaning 700 000 000. It should be a society solid work because it’s impossible for one human to change our evolution process. The effect could be achieved only as a Global Brain act.
Do you think that longevity can be inherited?
Somehow it is related. But having such good genes is not enough. The genes give you a base but you still have to keep your brain occupied as it reflects on the whole body processes.
Are the Cypriots a nation of long-livers?
This nation has become closer to the goal recently. I personally know many of those who live in Cyprus at the age of 90 and who continue their socially active and open-minded lives. They are always searching for the global idea of existence that keeps their brain alive.
Why did you decide to make a museum out of your family collection?
I wanted to show as many local people as I could the history of their medicine. All items here are somehow related to the Cypriot medical science. More importantly, this collection is a must seen for those who study medicine nowadays. Another reason for this museum: this collection has become so large that I needed a good place for it. That is how I found this building, restored it and made open for the public.
Did this whole collection belong to your relatives?
I inherited many of these items from my grandfathers. For example, this is a surgical saw which my grandfather used to amputate limbs with. There are dear to me things in each room of this mansion and I am also very thankful to those hospitals, doctors I know who donated their exhibits to Kyriazis Medical Museum. The collection is constantly growing so a visitor can always find something new.
Name your most valuable item in this museum.
It’s the smallest opium vessel I have in the collection. It has not been dated despite many efforts but it simply incarnates all good human hopes — medicine, immortality, fertility and power. In mythology, opium was related to Ambrosia which was considered to be the food of Gods, the immortals. Now you see why I made this vessel a heart of the collection — it represents my life work.