American Aging Association
The American Aging Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt biogerontology organization of scientists and laypeople dedicated to biomedical aging studies intended to slow the aging process. The abbreviation AGE is intended to be representative of the organization, even though it is not an acronym (avoids possible confusion with the American Automobile Association, AAA).
History and organization
AGE was founded in 1970 by Denham Harman, MD, PhD, who is often known as the "father" of the "free-radical theory of aging". Dr. Harman's goal was to form a lay-scientific organization patterned after the American Heart Association to promote biomedical aging research. Dr. Harman served as the first president of AGE, and was executive director of AGE for 20 years (1973 to 1993).
Much of the early financial support for the American Aging Association (AGE) came from Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, who are known for their 1982 best-selling book Life Extension: A Practical Scientific Approach (ISBN 0-446-38735-5).
The primary activities of AGE are to:
- hold annual scientific conferences (every June)
- give awards to researchers making significant contributions to the goals of AGE
- promote interest among young scientists in the goals of AGE
- publish newsletters and journals
- 37th annual conference of AGE was held May 30 – June 2, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado.
- 38th annual conference of AGE was held May 29 – June 1, 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
- 39th annual conference of AGE was held June 4 – June 7, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.
- 40th annual conference of AGE was held on June 3 – June 6, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
- 41st annual conference of AGE was held on June 1 – June 4, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas.
- 42nd annual conference of AGE was held on May 31 – June 3, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.
- 43rd annual conference of AGE was be held on May 30 – June 2, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
- 44th annual conference of AGE will be held on May 29 – June 1, 2015 in Marina del Rey, California
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