Letter from the President

Dudley W. Lamming, PhD, FAAA
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dear Colleagues,

It seems not very long ago that I saw many of you in Oklahoma City for an exciting annual meeting! I am pleased to be able to announce that our planning for the 2024 meeting of the American Aging Association – which will be held in Madison, Wisconsin June 2-5, 2024 – is now well underway. The Theme of this year’s meeting is Integrative Approaches to Geroscience.

Our Program Organizing Committee has put together a fantastic scientific program, covering important topics in aging including Translation, Gerotherapeautic Drugs, Exercise, and their interactions, Neurodegeneration & Brain Aging, Mechanisms by which metabolic shifts influence aging, Protein and Lipid Metabolism, Comparative Biology of Aging, Aging with cells and stem cells, and the Role of systemic environment in aging. As is now traditional, we will have a session organized by the Trainee Chapter; this year that session, organized by Sarah Ocanas and Jose Isola, will be focused on Reproductive Aging. We will also feature a panel presentation on Longevity Biotech.

Our society puts a high priority on our trainee members. I first attended AGE in Oakland California as a graduate student in 2005 presenting a poster, and soon became an annual attendee. I have missed only two AGE meetings since then, and I have found membership and participation in AGE invaluable not only in my training and career development, but the scientific opportunities and collaborations I have built through interacting with scientists at all levels studying aging biology.

The American Aging Association strives to insure we have representation from all sectors of our membership at our annual meeting, including speakers balanced for gender and diversity and supporting the contributions of our trainee and early career investigators. As always, we will provide opportunities for participation through the Poster Session Reception/Mixers, Poster Pitches and the Trainee Roundtable and Data Blitz. Other great opportunities for networking and career development include our Opening Reception and the Women of AGE Breakfast. Our support for Trainees this year will include Travel Awards for trainee and early career researchers selected from the submitted abstracts, selected Poster Pitch presenters, and poster awards at the meeting itself. Ten Travel Awards will also be awarded to support underrepresented minority attendees via the AGE Early Career Scholars program (details are available on our Trainee Chapter page). We will also continue our relationship with the NIA Office of Special Populations to promote the Butler-Williams Scholar Program Alumni in AGE and at the AGE Annual Meetings.

We are very excited to welcome you to Madison, Wisconsin to a stimulating and informative conference. We hope you will join us and connect with experts in the field, form new collaborations and meet with colleagues and friends both new and old!

Dudley Lamming, PhD, FAAA
President, American Aging Association