The topic of sarcopenia is well aligned with the objectives of l’Institut Servier. In fact, while the 2012 symposium focused on muscle aging, discussion had taken place previously, in 2003, with a first meeting on “Vulnerability, frailty and aging”, and in 2007, when speakers talked about the study of states of functional dependence. Presentations and discussions at both gatherings touched briefly on the role of muscle aging, but it was not addressed specifically.
Muscles have indeed spent decades as the “poor relation” in the field of research, while osteoporosis, heart disease, neurological disorders and diseases, and dementias have featured prominently at numerous conferences, with researchers and clinicians engaging in hundreds of therapeutic trials that rarely achieve conclusive success. Medical practitioners were clearly aware of the importance of maintaining