"Trading cards are a fun and easy way to introduce the public to the people who are shaping aging science, research, and policy," says Daniel Perry, Exectuive Director, Alliance for Aging Research. "They highlight the important work that these experts are doing and show the diversity of projects underway around the world." The cards are available on-line at www.SAGECrossroads.net and will soon be available in print. Visitors to the website can email a favorite card to a friend or colleague or nominate experts for inclusion on future cards. Each trading card includes information about a featured scientist, such as research specialties and goals, key findings, publications, and predictions.
Some of the most popular trading cards in the series feature experts like
• Aubrey de Grey, a "prophet of longevity" who believes that aging is curable,
• Rudy Tanzi, a Boston researcher who is breaking ground in the study of Alzheimer's disease, and
• Richard Miller, a geneticist working to breed research mice with physiology more similar to humans' in order to better understand the mechanisms of aging.
SAGE Crossroads is the premier online resource for emerging issues related to human aging. Its aim is to bring together viewpoints from the entire spectrum of aging and health communities and provide a forum for interaction and elevated discussion. Launched in 2003 by the Alliance for Aging Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (publishers of Science Magazine), www.SAGECrossroads.net provides an opportunity for policy makers, journalists, scientists and the public to get together and explore the rapidly developing field of aging research.