American Aging Association

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The American Aging Association is a non-profit, tax-exempt biogerontology organization of scientists and laypeople dedicated to biomedical aging studies and geroscience, with the goal of slowing the aging process to extend the healthy human lifespan while preserving and restoring functions typically lost to age-related degeneration.[1] 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[edit]

AGE was founded in 1970 by Denham Harman, MD, PhD, who is often known as the "father" of the "free-radical theory of aging".[2][3] Harman's goal was to form a lay-scientific organization patterned after the American Heart Association to promote biomedical aging research.[3] Harman served as the first president of AGE,[2] and was executive director of AGE for 20 years (1973 to 1993).

AGE has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health[4][5] and the Ellison Medical Foundation.[6] In 2016, AGE became a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.[1]

The vice-presidency of AGE is to be a layperson position focused on promoting the scientific goals of AGE to the general public.[2]


The primary activities of AGE are to:

  1. hold annual scientific conferences (every Spring/Summer)[1][2]
  2. give awards to researchers making significant contributions to the goals of AGE[1][2]
  3. promote interest among young scientists in the goals of AGE,[1] aided by the AGE Trainee Chapter (AGE-TC).[7]
  4. publish newsletters and journals[1][2]

The journal of AGE is GeroScience. Formerly called AGE, the journal name was officially changed at the beginning of 2017.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "American Aging Association". American Aging Association. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "History". Age. 25 (4): 161–164. 2002. doi:10.1007/s11357-002-0015-y.
  3. ^ a b Vicki Glaser (2000). "Organizational Profile: American Aging Association". Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine. 3 (4): 419–423. doi:10.1089/rej.1.2000.3.419.
  4. ^ "Detail for: AMERICAN AGING ASSOCIATION". Institution Detail for 2005. National Institutes of Health. 2005. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  5. ^ "Detail for: AMERICAN AGING ASSOCIATION". Institution Detail for 2006. National Institutes of Health. 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  6. ^ a b General Information. "39th Annual American Aging Association Meeting - "Inflammation and Aging: Causes and Consequences"". Ellison Medical Foundation. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  7. ^ "Trainee Chapter". Retrieved 2022-05-11.

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