About NIA

NACA Meeting: January 24-25, 2012

General Information/Staff Awards

BSR Staff Honors

The following BSR staff received NIH Merit Awards on December 16, 2011:

  • Akbar, Farheen
  • King, Jonathan
  • Neil, Lyn
  • Group Award:
    • Georgeanne Patmios
    • John Phillips
    • Jonathan King
    • Erica Spotts

OCPL Awards

  • Generations Awards:
  • NIA’s Go4Life Web site, Platinum
  • Understanding Memory Loss, Gold Award in the Brochure category
  • New Media Awards, Government-Health category:NIA’s Go4Life Web site won Best in Industry
  • National Health Information Silverawards in the Government Patient Education Information category for:
  • Ejercicio y Actividad Fisica
  • 2009 Progress Report on Alzheimer’s Disease: Translating New Knowledge

For more information about OCPL awards, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

Honors and Awards

The European Science Foundation chooses a researcher of the year to receive the European Latsis Prize (100,000 Swiss Francs) in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions to his field of research. In 2011the field of research was demography broadly defined to include various population sciences. In Strassbourg, on Nov. 23, 2011, Dr. James Vaupel, a long-time NIA grantee, and former council member received this prize.

Dr. Stanley Rapoport, BPMS, was recognized by the Society for Fatty Acids in Cell Signaling (FACS), at its November 7, 2011 meeting in New Orleans to deliver its “First Lifetime Achievement Lecture,” summarizing his research. Dr. Rapoport invented original methods to quantify and image brain docosahexaenoic acid metabolism in unanesthetized rodents, and has translated these methods to imaging metabolism in humans using positron emission tomography (PET). His work has broad implications for quantifying and treating defective brain metabolism with regard to aging and progressive brain diseases. The title of his lecture was “Translational studies on the regulation of brain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) metabolism.”

On November 20, 2011, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) presented Dr. Luigi Ferrucci with the Joseph T. Freeman Award. This accolade is awarded to a prominent physician in the field of aging, both in research and practice. The Society categorizes it as one of the highlights of their annual scientific meeting in which the prior year recipient delivers a lecture.

On November 23, 2011 NIA’s Mark Mattson, Ph.D., Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Neurosciences received the prestigious Tovi Comet-Walerstein Science Award at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Dr. Mattson, was cited for “being the pioneer in establishing a link between diet and neurodegenerative diseases, and for being a committed mentor and educator”. The Dr. Tovi Comet-Walerstein Science Award was established in memory of the late oncologist, who dedicated her life to medical research. She earned her degree of Doctor of Medicine and Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following her death from cancer at the age of thirty-eight, her family created the science award in her honor. David Walerstein, husband of the late Dr. Tovi Comet-Walerstein, presented Dr. Mattson with the Award. Following the presentation,
Dr. Mattson delivered the keynote lecture, before a packed audience, entitled "Pathways Toward and Away from Neurodegenerative Diseases," in which he highlighted his groundbreaking research.

The Board of Directors of the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (SIGG) conferred the title of Honorary Member to Dr. Luigi Ferrucci at the 56th SIGG National Congress in Florence, Italy on November 29, 2011. Dr. Ferrucci was given this title for his outstanding research in geriatrics. He has brought honor to the Italian Gerontology and Geriatrics, reaching the highest accolades within the international scientific community.

Press Releases:

  • NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report describes oldest Americans. November 17, 2011.

News Releases and Announcements

The following media activities, press releases, and announcements were distributed to audiences in print and online:

  • NIAGo4Life twitter account established; on October 20 a twitter chat was conducted with NIA’s Deputy Director and a USA Today reporter regarding exercise and older people. https://twitter.com/#!/NIAGo4Life

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


90+ in the United States: 2006-2008 | American Community Survey Reports. NIA and Census Bureau. November 2011.

Thanks to increases in life expectancy at older ages, the oldest segments of the older population are growing the fastest. A nation’s oldest-old population consumes resources disproportionately to its overall population size, and its growth has a significant impact on societal and family resources, including pension and retirement income, health care costs, and intergenerational relationships.

This report presents an overview of the population aged 90 and over and a comparative analysis of selected characteristics between the 90-and-older and other older age groups.

DAB printed a brochure in November – already started to be distributed at meetings.

Publications, Products, and Events

The following new publications, products and events were developed, updated, reprinted, or conducted:

  • NIA’s Go4Life campaign was announced Oct. 19, at a briefing on exercise and aging on Capitol Hill hosted by Herb Kohl, D-Wis., Chair of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., Senate Special Committee on Aging. The briefing featured remarks by Senator Udall, NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D.; U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA; Robert Hornyak, Acting Director, Center for Policy, Planning, and Evaluation of the Administration on Aging; and representatives from the public-private partnership central to the campaign. The Go4Life Team will work to bring the campaign into communities across the United States. The team includes sister institutes within NIH, other agencies in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and national organizations, corporations, insurers, health care providers, and nonprofit organizations. The research-based resources of Go4Life center on a colorful, interactive website (www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life), which highlights specific exercises, success stories, and free materials to motivate people 50+ to start exercising and keep going.

Go4Life resources added:

  • Tipsheets
    • Caregivers and Exercise—Take Time for Yourself
    • Helping Older Family Members Become More Active
    • Helping People with Alzheimer’s Disease Stay Physically Active
    • Reaching Your Fitness Goals
    • Stay Safe! Use Proper Form While Strength Training
    • ¡Conviértase en una persona activa! Las claves para triunfar (Get Active! Your Keys to Success)
    • Mantener la motivación para mantenerse activo (Staying Motivated to Stay Active)
    • Incorporar el ejercicio y la actividad física en su día (Fitting Exercise and Physical Activity into Your Day)
    • Hacer ejercicio en un entorno seguro (Exercising in a Safe Environment)
  • Workout to Go: A Sample Exercise Routine from the National Institute on Aging at NIH
  • Exercise DVD
  • NIA's launched its newly designed website (www.nia.nih.gov) on December 16. The new design features a dynamic, current look and feel; easier and more direct access to information and resources for all NIA audiences; a more flexible site design enabling NIA divisions and programs to highlight relevant news, publications, announcements, and funding opportunities; and enhanced searchability. The new design updates NIA's online presence in a way that is especially inviting to key audiences – older people, researchers, health care providers, and policymakers and advocates.
  • 2010 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report—A Deeper Understanding. A preview copy of the annual report highlighting research advances was delivered in December to selected members of Congress with an interest in Alzheimer’s disease, including the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force and the Senate Special Committee on Aging. The full report will be distributed to the full Congress and the public, in January.
  • AgePages:
    • Aging and Your Eyes
    • Elder Abuse
    • High Blood Pressure
    • Older Drivers
  • Biology of Aging: Research Today for a Healthier Tomorrow
  • Finding Your Way—Resources for Early Career Researchers: Tips from the National Institute on Aging
  • Grow Older in Good Health (bookmark)
  • NIA Publications Catalog
  • NIA Publications CD
  • Participating in Activities You Enjoy—More Than Just Fun and Games: Tips from the National Institute on Aging
  • Talking With Your Older Patient: A Clinician’s Handbook
  • Understanding Risk—What Do Those Headlines Really Mean? Tips from the National Institute on Aging
  • What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

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

Meetings and Exhibits

The Division of Aging Biology produced an informational Banner that was displayed at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology held in Denver, CO from December 3-7, 2011.

A trans-NIH group (dabbed GIG, for Geroscience Interest Group) has been formed under the leadership of DAB. The first meeting of this group was on October 25, 2011, and we are in the process of applying for official recognition as a major Interest Group within the NIH. The steering committee of the GIG is comprised of representatives from 5 different ICs, and initial activities include the organization of monthly journal clubs, quarterly seminars and 1-2 workshops per year. (Contact Dr. Felipe Sierra, DAB, 301/496-6402).

NIA/ADEAR exhibited at or sent materials to the following conferences:

  • ADC/ADCS Meetings, San Diego, CA
  • Senior Expo, Timonium, MD
  • Second Annual NIH Clinical Center Caregiver Day, Bethesda, MD
  • American Public Health Association, Washington, DC
  • Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA
  • Greenspring/Erickson Homes Go4Life Event, Springfield, VA
  • Athletic Business Conference/International Council on Active Aging, Orlando, FL

NIA staff met with:

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, October 3
  • Sleep Research Society, October 4
  • Bone Coalition, October 26
    • American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • National Osteoporosis Foundation
    • Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation
    • The Paget Foundation
  • Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research, October 27
  • American Association of Immunologists, November 15

(For more information about 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.)