About NIA

Trans-NIH Research Activities

The National Institute on Aging is integrally involved in several important NIH initiatives:

The Science of Behavior Change

http://commonfund.nih.gov/behaviorchange/

The NIH Common Fund launched the Science of Behavior Change program to improve our understanding of human behavior change across a broad range of health-related behaviors. The program will support research that integrates basic and translational science and cuts across disciplines of cognitive and affective neuroscience, neuroeconomics, behavioral genetics, and behavioral economics. The program will establish the groundwork for a unified science of behavior change that capitalizes on both the emerging basic science and the progress already made in the design of behavioral interventions in specific disease areas. Information about current funding opportunities is available here: http://commonfund.nih.gov/behaviorchange/grants.aspx#current. Additional information on specific NIA research in this area is available from the Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet)

http://oppnet.nih.gov/index.asp

The goal of OppNet is to expand the NIH’s funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research—scientific inquiry that explains the mechanisms and processes within and among individuals and groups that influence health-related behaviors. Information about current funding opportunities is available here: http://oppnet.nih.gov/funding-current-funding.asp. Additional information on specific NIA research in this area is available from the Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research

http://www.neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/index.htm

The Blueprint is a collaborative framework that includes the NIH Office of the Director and the 15 NIH Institutes and Centers that support research on the nervous system. By pooling resources and expertise, the Blueprint identifies cross-cutting areas of research, and confronts challenges too large for any single Institute or Center. The Blueprint makes collaboration a day-to-day part of how the NIH does business in neuroscience, complementing the basic missions of Blueprint partners. During each fiscal year, the partners contribute a small percentage of their funds to a common pool. Information about current funding opportunities is available here: http://www.neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/research_funding.htm. Additional information on specific NIA research in this area is available from the Division of Neuroscience.

Cognitive and Emotional Health Project: The Healthy Brain

http://trans.nih.gov/CEHP/

Three NIH Institutes: the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), have joined efforts to launch a new trans-NIH initiative, Cognitive and Emotional Health Project: The Healthy Brain. The overall goal of the Project is to assess the state of longitudinal and epidemiological research on demographic, social and biologic determinants of cognitive and emotional health in aging adults and the pathways by which cognitive and emotional health may reciprocally influence each other. Additional information on specific NIA research in this area is available from the Division of Neuroscience.

Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS)

https://commonfund.nih.gov/promis/

The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) is an NIH-funded initiative to develop and validate patient reported outcomes (PROs) for clinical research and practice. PROMIS aims to enhance and standardize measurement of several selected PROs through both computer adaptive testing and traditional "paper and pencil" instruments.

PROMIS is one of several initiatives under the NIH Common Fund. Researchers and clinicians are encouraged to consider using PROMIS tools in their studies or practices. More information about PROMIS, including item banks, PRO instrument forms, and Assessment Center™, is available at https://commonfund.nih.gov/promis/ and at www.nihpromis.org.

NIA-relevant questions about PROMIS may be directed to: Basil Eldadah, MD, PhD; Phone: 301-496-6761; eldadahb@nia.nih.gov.