Bay Area Aging Meetings are sponsored by the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research. The symposia rotate across host institutions, including Gladstone Institutes/UC San Francisco, Stanford University, UC Berkeley and the Buck Institute. Meetings are open to the public.
Representative faculty members from each institution, who are experts in the aging field, organize the meetings. These one-day gatherings consist of oral and poster presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from universities and institutes in the Bay Area, who are conducting research on the biology of aging and age-related disease. Meetings often feature a keynote lecture from a faculty member. The meeting format is designed to maximize networking among participants.
The discovery of mutations that cause dramatic lifespan extension has spurred a surge of interest in the basic research on the biology of aging. The value of aging research is further increased by recognition that aging drives the development of a wide spectrum of diseases. The Bay Area is the home to many aging research laboratories recognized for their contributions to the understanding of the biology of aging.
In 2009, the idea of the Bay Area Aging Meeting was conceived and received overwhelming support from aging research laboratories across the Bay Area as well as sponsorship from the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research. The first meeting took place at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco, California in April 2010.