Biology of Aging Summit Report. Sierra, F., J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 64:155-6, 2009.
In September 2008, the Division of Aging Biology (DAB) of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) held a summit to assess the current state of research in the field of biogerontology and to attempt to delineate goals for the future. The 3-day meeting, held in Gaithersburg, Maryland, brought together a group of 40 well-respected scientists, from both within and outside the field, with sufficient expertise to address the global issues at hand. The main part of the meeting was a series of 15 sessions (with groups of three to four sessions in parallel), where rather than the usual presentation and discussion of data from individual speakers, free discussion of ideas was encouraged, partially driven by a set of questions chosen in advance by the session chairs and DAB. The subjects of discussion, as well as participants, were chosen by a steering committee chosen by DAB staff. The topics discussed are reflected in the accompanying articles in this issue of the Journals of Gerontology, which delineate the gaps and opportunities identified within various research areas, and summarize the collective conclusions reached by each of the discussion groups. As a way of introduction, it is relevant to indicate some (new) areas that came up repeatedly during the sessions and pervaded many of the discussions.