The 2009 Symposium on Biological Complexity will address “Processes of Aging.” The meeting will be held at the Salk Institute on January 8-10 of 2009. Abstract submission deadline is December 10th, and overall registration rates go up after that date as well (so even if you’re not submitting an abstract, it would make sense to sign up early). The conference website is here.

From the mailbag:

Aging process is a multi-faceted process, where cellular aging, metabolism, the DNA damage machinery and stem cell dynamics interact to influence aging of an entire organism. Single genes can greatly alter the aging process in organisms as diverse as yeast and mice. Furthermore, it has become increasingly clear that distinct activities β€” which act on dividing and nondividing cells alike β€” protect organisms from age-related deterioration and decline. The focus of this meeting will be to decipher the mechanistic details that surround age onset, disease onset and perturbation within the aging population.

SPEAKERS
Steven Artandi (Stanford University Medical Center, USA)
Elizabeth Blackburn (University of California – San Francisco, USA)
Ana Marie Cuervo (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA)
Andrew Dillin (Salk Institute, USA)
Toren Finkel (NHLBI, USA)
Dan Gottschling (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA)
Leonard Guarente (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Jan Hoeijmakers (Erasmus Medisch Centrum, The Netherlands)
Brian Kennedy (University of Washington, USA)
Thomas Kirkwood (Newcastle University, Institute for Ageing & Health, UK)
Nils-Goran Larsson (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
Linda Partridge (UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, UK)
Pere Puigserver (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Dan Promislow (The University of Georgia, USA)
Dennis Selkoe (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, USA)
Gerald Shulman (Yale University School of Medicine, USA)
David Sinclair (Harvard Medical School, USA)
Eline Slagboom (Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands)
Bruce Spiegelman (Dana Farber Cancer Institute, USA)
Bruce Yanker (Harvard Medical School, USA)

Sydney Brenner Lecture: Cynthia Kenyon (University of California – San Francisco, USA)

ORGANIZERS
Yves Christen (Fondation IPSEN, France)
Sue Deeley (Nature Publishing Group, USA)
Andrew Dillin (Salk Institute, USA)
Ron Evans (Salk Institute, USA)
Marie-Therese Heemels (Nature, UK)
Arianne Heinrichs (Nature Reviews Molecular and Cell Biology, UK)
Fred Gage (Salk Institute, USA)
Inder Verma (Salk Institute, USA)- Chair