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 intended to slow the aging process.[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).

Mark A. Smith was the 2010–11 executive director and treasurer until he was killed in a car accident, December 19, 2010.[2]

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".[3][4] Dr. Harman's goal was to form a lay-scientific organization patterned after the American Heart Association to promote biomedical aging research.[4] Dr. Harman served as the first president of AGE,[3] and was executive director of AGE for 20 years (1973 to 1993).

AGE has received research grants from the National Institutes of Health[5][6] and the Ellison Medical Foundation.[7]

The vice-presidency of AGE is to be a layperson position focused on promoting the scientific goals of AGE to the general public.[3]


The primary activities of AGE are to:

  1. hold annual scientific conferences (every June)[1][3]
  2. give awards to researchers making significant contributions to the goals of AGE[1][3]
  3. promote interest among young scientists in the goals of AGE[1]
  4. publish newsletters and journals[1][3]

The journal of AGE is called AGE, and is published quarterly.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "American Anti Aging Association". American Anging Association. 2008–2010. Retrieved 2013-09-24. 
  2. ^ "In Memory: Mark A. Smith". JOURNAL OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "History" (PDF). Age. 25 (4): 161–164. 2002. doi:10.1007/s11357-002-0015-y. 
  4. ^ a b Vicki Glaser (2000). "Organizational Profile: American Aging Association" (PDF). Journal of Anti-Aging Medicine. 3 (4): 419–423. doi:10.1089/rej.1.2000.3.419. 
  5. ^ "Detail for: AMERICAN AGING ASSOCIATION". Institution Detail for 2005. National Institutes of Health. 2005. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  6. ^ "Detail for: AMERICAN AGING ASSOCIATION". Institution Detail for 2006. National Institutes of Health. 2006. Retrieved 2010-02-14. 
  7. ^ a b General Information. "39th Annual American Aging Association Meeting - "Inflammation and Aging: Causes and Consequences"". Ellison Medical Foundation. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  8. ^ "AGE: Journal of the American Aging Association". eMedicine. American Aging Association. Archived from the original on 28 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-13. 

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