Announcements

  • January 21, 2015

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    The Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging meets on January 28. Watch online from 8:00 AM to about 1:15 PM EST.

    Dr. Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities, describes plans for the meeting in a new blog post, with links to the agenda, meeting materials, and live videocast. "Although NACA members don’t make final approvals, their advice and direction is very closely heeded," he writes.

    By paying attention to NACA meetings you can learn more about:

    • the NIA budget for research in 2015 and 2016
    • new areas of research or new kinds of grants that the NIA is planning to fund
    • plans for addressing policy issues—like tightening budgets—across NIH

    Read the full blog post: Watch as it happens, live! Tune in to the NIA Council webcast

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  • January 15, 2015

    NEW! Funding Opportunity Announcements in the Science of Behavior Change​

    Application receipt date: March 20, 2015

    We are very pleased to announce four new funding opportunities from the NIH Science of Behavior Change Common Fund Program http://commonfund.nih.gov/behaviorchange/index. Please consider applying and/or sharing these widely with your colleagues and networks.

    SOBC activities are driven by the overarching goal of integrating insights from basic behavioral and social research into the design of improved interventions for behavior change. Three of the Requests for Applications (RFAs) (RFA-RM-14-018, RFA-RM-14-019, and RFA-RM-14- 020) call for teams of scientists to conduct target validation activities intended develop the tools required to implement a mechanisms-focused, experimental medicine approach to behavior change research. These activities will focus on targets in the three domains of self-regulation, stress reactivity and stress resilience, and interpersonal and social processes, which are hypothesized to be relevant to multiple health behaviors involved in multiple clinical endpoints.

    The Target Validation Project teams may span labs, disciplines, and institutions to bring together the expertise needed to achieve the target validation aims proposed in response to these announcements. Basic researchers in the behavioral sciences are needed to identify candidate measures of processes that are thought to be causally linked to health behaviors and conduct tests to verify that these processes can be manipulated. Intervention scientists are needed to conduct the theory testing and experimentation that constitutes Stage 0-1 research in the behavioral intervention development pipeline. The Target Validation Project funding opportunities are flexible with respect to the approaches teams may consider in achieving their aims.

    The fourth RFA is to support a Resource and Coordinating Center (RCC) (U24) that provides national leadership for the coordinated efforts of projects and initiatives of SOBC to validate assays for behavior change. The RCC will also serve as the central resource for the organization of the meetings and other activities of the SOBC Program, including the support of its Steering Committee and External Scientific Panel, and any SOBC Steering Committee subcommittees that are established.

    Applicants are encouraged to review the FAQs, register for the relevant pre-application technical assistance webinar, and discuss potential applications with the scientific contacts listed in the RFAs.

  • January 14, 2015

    Historian Gabrielle Tayac, Ph.D., spoke at a Native American Heritage Month Celebration Nov. 12 2014 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

    The talk was part of the “Healing Our Community Through Narrative: The Power of Storytelling” series organized and hosted by the NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, in partnership with the Trans-NIH American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN)  Health Communications and Information Workgroup, the Trans-NIH AI/AN Research Interest Workgroup and the NIA Office of Special Populations.

    Read more at: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsletter/2014/12/spotlight-nihprogram/index.htm

  • January 13, 2015

    NIA and NASA have funded an experiment on T cell activation in microgravity. This experiment has successfully reached the International Space Station (ISS) on 1/12/2015 aboard the SpaceX5 Falcon. Dr. Millie Hughes-Fulford is conducting experiments on the effects of microgravity on immune system function and comparing these effects to those observed for aging individuals. Here is the YouTube video that CASIS has placed on the NASA website:

  • January 14, 2015

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    "NIA funding announcements come with an expiration date," writes Dr. John Haaga in a new blog post. Dr. Haaga, deputy director of the NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research, explains what happens when a Program Announcement expires, covering questions such as:

    • Is the NIA still funding research on the topic?
    • Is there money for research on this topic in the future?
    • What in the world is a Program Announcement and how do those applications get reviewed and funded?

    Read the full blog post: What does it mean when a Program Announcement expires?

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  • January 7, 2015

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    In a new blog post, Dr. Carl V. Hill, director of the NIA Office of Special Populations, describes new activities that help foster diversity in the research workforce. "This funding can help us reach goals of increasing racial diversity in the biomedical scientific community," Dr. Hill explains. "And, there may be a chance to increase the number and variety of scientists who are trained and mentored to conduct much-needed, multidisciplinary health disparities research!"

    Read the full blog post: Diversity training and health disparities research at the NIA

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  • December 18, 2014

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    Dr. Creighton Phelps, Deputy Director of the Division of Neuroscience, has a new blog post about the NIA-funded National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease, or NCRAD. "Identifying the genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is, of course, no easy task," Dr. Phelps writes. "From among the thousands of gene candidates in the human genome, we need to determine which are involved in onset and progression, and which increase risk or offer protection. Where can researchers find the biological specimens needed to unlock these mysteries?"

    Read the full blog post: NCRAD offers genetic samples and data vital to Alzheimer’s research

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  • December 15, 2014

    Dr. Gammatikakis in a white lab coat, with laboratory equipment visible behind.Dr. Yannis Grammatikakis is a postdoctoral fellow in the RNA Regulation Section of the National Institute on Aging Intramural Research Program. In a new post for the NIH i am intramural blog, he discusses non-coding ribonucleic acid, or RNA, and its role in gene expression and the basic biology of aging. Dr. Grammatikakis explains his long-standing interest in RNA, "It is such a flexible and diverse molecule, but also largely unexplored."

    Read the full blog post: Non-Coding RNAs Are Rising Stars in Gene Expression Regulation

  • December 11, 2014

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    The NIA has long been interested in understanding the role of aging on the development and progression of specific chronic diseases. More recently, we’ve begun to try to understand why two or more conditions might occur together in older people, and perhaps more importantly, what to do about it. A recent post by Dr. Marcel Salive, Program Officer of the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, discusses NIA’s new program announcements on self-management of chronic conditions, seeking applications using R01, R15, or R21 mechanisms.

    Read the full blog post:  When is one not enough? Multiple chronic conditions research

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  • December 10, 2014

    Almost 16 million Americans aged 65 and older report having at least one disability, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau (PDF, 1.5M), commissioned and funded by the NIA. This is the first Census report on disabilities among older people and looks at disability status by age, sex, marital status, education, and poverty status.

    The report is based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS) and covers six types of disability, including difficulty in hearing, vision, cognition, walking, self-care, and independent living. People who reported any one of the six disability types are considered to have a disability. The most common type of disability was difficulty in walking or climbing stairs, which was reported by two-thirds of those with a disability.

    The report includes information on the geographic distribution of older people with a disability, with data shown at the county level. The prevalence of disability at older ages varies widely across counties; the Appalachian region, the lower Mississippi Valley, and parts of the upper South have particularly high rates. The report includes a number of maps, including one showing the percentage of older people living alone in poverty with a disability.

    The oldest old—those aged 85 and older—had the highest prevalence of disability. While this group represented 13.6 percent of the total older population, they accounted for 25.4 percent of those with a disability.

    Reference: He, Wan and Luke J. Larsen, U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Reports, ACS-29, Older Americans With a Disability: 2008 – 2012, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

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