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NACA meeting: May 25–26, 2010

General Information/Staff Awards

ISHR Distinguished Leader Award – Lakatta

The International Society for Heart Research (ISHR) Council has selected Dr. Edward Lakatta, Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, as the 2010 recipient of the new Distinguished Leader Award. The Award will be presented at the XX ISHR World Congress held May 13-16th, 2010 in Kyoto, Japan. Dr. Lakatta will receive a medal, a monetary honorarium and travel expense reimbursement to the World Congress meetings in May. Additionally, Dr. Lakatta’s photograph and biosketch will be published in Heart News and Views and posted on the ISHR website.

Women Scientist Advisors Awards 2010

On March 31, 2010, the Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) held a special program in conjunction with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to honor the WSA Achievement Awardees. Pat Gearhart, Ph.D., Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, received the NIA Investigator Award and Michal Zalzman, Ph.D., Laboratory of Genetics, received the NIA Fellow Award.

NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline
April 26-28, 2010
Bethesda, MD

For many older adults, cognitive health and performance remain stable over the course of their lifetime, with only a gradual and slight decline in short-term memory and reaction times. But for others, this normal, age-related decline in cognitive function progresses into a more serious state of cognitive impairment or into various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Many preventive measures for cognitive decline and for preventing Alzheimer’s—mental stimulation, exercise, and a variety of dietary supplements—have been suggested, but their value in delaying the onset and/or reducing the severity of decline or disease is unclear. Questions also remain as to how the presence of certain conditions, such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, influence an individual’s risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. To examine these important questions about Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline in older people, the National Institute on Aging and Office of Medical Applications of Research of the National Institutes of Health will convene a State-of-the-Science Conference from April 26 to 28, 2010, to assess the available scientific evidence related to the following questions: 1) What factors are associated with the reduction of risk of Alzheimer’s disease? 2) What factors are associated with the reduction of risk of cognitive decline in older adults? 3) What are the relationships between the factors that affect Alzheimer’s disease and the factors that affect cognitive decline? 4) What are the therapeutic and adverse effects of interventions to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease? 5) What are the therapeutic and adverse effects of interventions to improve or maintain cognitive ability, or preserve cognitive function? Are there different outcomes in identifiable subgroups? 6) If recommendations for interventions cannot be made currently, what studies need to be done that could provide the quality and strength of evidence necessary to make such recommendations to individuals? Recommendations from the meeting will be published at a future date.


National Research Council. (2009). Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys: Beyond ADLs and IADLs, Summary of a Workshop. Gooloo S. Wuhderlich, Rapporteur. Committee on National Statistics and Committee on Population. Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

This report is a summary of a workshop organized to draw upon recent advances to improve the measurement of physical and cognitive disability in population surveys of the elderly population. Are the measures of activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) used in many population surveys sufficient as the primary survey-based indicators of late-life-disability? If not should they be refined or should they be supplemented by other measures of disability in surveys? If yes, in what ways should disability measures be changed or modified to produce population estimates of late-life disability and to monitor trends. What further research is needed to advance this effort?

NIA Publications

The following publications and other products were updated or reprinted:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet
  • Cancer Facts for People Over 50 AgePage
  • Depression AgePage
  • Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help AgePage
  • La enfermedad de Alzheimer (Alzheimer’s Disease)
  • Healthy Eating After 50 AgePage
  • High Blood Pressure AgePage
  • Mourning the Death of a Spouse AgePage

(For more information about NIA’s publications, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

NIA News Releases

The following press releases were distributed to audiences in print and on the Internet:

(For more information about NIA’s news releases, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

Meetings and Exhibits

NIA exhibited at the following national conferences:

  • American Pharmacists Association, Washington, DC
  • National Council on Aging/American Society for Aging, Chicago, IL
  • Public Library Association, Portland, OR
  • American Geriatrics Society, Orlando, FL

NIA/ADEAR exhibited or disseminated materials at:

  • Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference, Duke University, Research Triangle Park, NC
  • Georgetown University Memory Disorders Program dementia conference, Washington, DC
  • Meeting of the Minds Dementia Conference, St. Paul, MN
  • Virginia Association of Activity Professionals conference, Fairfax, VA
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Centers/Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, Toronto, Canada
  • NIH State-of-the-Science Conference: Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline, Bethesda, MD

NIA coordinated meetings:

Science and Research at Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in the United Kingdom (February 17)
Friends of the NIA (February 23)
Alzheimer’s Association (February 26)

Anne Decker, OCPL, coordinated NIH’s participation in the 11th annual Brain Awareness Week, March 18 -19, 2010. For NIA’s program, Dr. Suzana Petanceska, DN, engaged middle school and high school students from the metropolitan Washington, DC area in a discussion about the possible connection between the health of the body and the health of the brain.

(For more information about NIA’s meetings and exhibits, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.) For more information about meetings with professional organizations or associations, contact Dr. Tamara Jones, Legislative Officer, Ph: 301-451-8835.)

NIA Websites

ADEAR Website updates

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Center Directory (online only)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Home Safety (online edition)
  • Caregiver Guide: Tips for Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers (online edition)
  • NIHSeniorHealth
  • New topic added, Life after Cancer
  • Exercise and Physical Activity topic updated
  • Alzheimer’s Disease, topic revised/updated

(For more information about NIA’s websites, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)


NIA’s Inside the Brain: Unraveling the Mystery of Alzheimer's Disease animation by Stacy Jannis received honorable mention in the non-interactive media category of the National Science Foundation's 2009 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge.

(For more information about NIA’s websites, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)