Announcements

  • September 30, 2013

    Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in “Advances in Geroscience: Impacts on Healthspan and Chronic Disease,” taking place on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD, October 30–31, 2013.

    Attending this research summit is free, but seating is limited, and pre-registration is required by October 15.

    Trans-N I H GeroScience Interest Group logo Join more than 50 renowned scientists in geroscience, an interdisciplinary field that aims to understand the relationship between aging and age-related diseases, as they discuss inflammation, adaptation to stress, epigenetics and regulatory RNA, metabolism, macromolecular damage, proteostasis, and stem cells and regeneration. The session will kick off with plenary talks by NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins; Dr. Brian Kennedy, president and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging; Dr. Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University; and Dr. Christopher Murray, professor of Global Aging at the University of Washington.

    The summit program was developed by the Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG), with logistical support from the Alliance for Aging Research and the Gerontological Society of America.

    The objectives of the summit are:

    • To use the foundational concepts of geroscience to understand basic cellular and molecular underpinnings of aging as a principal risk factor for a variety of chronic diseases
    • To explore common mechanisms governing relationships between aging and chronic diseases
    • To identify new pathways for research collaboration

    Register now!

    Learn more at: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/announcements/2013/06/nih-host-october-2013-geroscience-summit.

  • September 30, 2013

    B-W Scholars logoOn July 14-19, 2013, 31 early- and mid-career scientists gathered on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD, for an intensive learning experience about the ins and outs of research on aging. Sponsored by the NIA Office of Special Populations, the annual Summer Institute on Aging Research creates excitement about aging research among scientists from a wide range of backgrounds and provides them with insight and skills to succeed. Since 1986, the NIA has hosted the training institute every summer to help build the pipeline for the future biomedical research workforce.

    NIA senior staff and grantees shared with participants how to design strong projects and put together competitive grant applications. They also described some of the challenges associated with being a professional scientist and finding a work-life balance. The participants even participated in a mock study section, during which they acted as grant reviewers, discussing the merits of research proposals and determining what projects they would (hypothetically) fund. In addition, Summer Institute participants received personalized feedback about their project proposals and career guidance tailored to their experience and research interests.

    One participant noted, “The NIA Summer Institute on Aging was truly an outstanding training experience…The feedback I received will greatly help to steer the direction of my work at this critical juncture of my project and overall career.”

    At the program’s closing, NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes announced that the NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research would be renamed the Butler-Williams Scholars Program in honor of NIA’s first two directors—the late Drs. Robert N. Butler and T. Franklin Williams.

    Dr. Butler, who came to NIA as its founding director in 1974, built the framework for a broad research endeavor in basic, clinical, and behavioral and social research that remains the core of NIA’s research program today. Dr. Williams joined NIA in 1983 and developed and further expanded these visionary programs. He established the Summer Institute, recognizing the importance of cultivating scientists and ideas.

    “Both of these leaders recognized the importance of the future pipeline of researchers in aging and were devoted to assuring a diverse scientific workforce,” noted NIA Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard, who, in collaboration with Dr. Chyren Hunter, the NIA training officer, directed this year’s Institute.

    To learn more about the Butler-Williams Scholars Program:

  • September 30, 2013

    Inside N I A, A Blog for ResearchersLaunched in May 2013, Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers is gaining subscribers and becoming a must-read NIA resource in just a few short months. With weekly posts on NIA funding policy and priorities, tips for grant-seekers, and program highlights, the blog has been getting lots of attention. It has been highlighted by Sally Rockey, director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research, and others in discussions of NIH funding and science administration.

    Dr. Robin Barr, director of NIA’s Division of Extramural Activities, co-manages the blog and has authored a number of posts. “The blog answers common questions about funding and the NIA budget, and draws more attention to NIA scientific resources,” he noted. “During this challenging budget time, we are finding that it’s an especially good way to engage with the research community in a transparent and responsive way.”

    If you are a grant applicant, have an application in mind, or are a friend of the NIA, the blog has information on topics that matter to you. Do you have thoughts about topics that should be covered or other ways in which NIA should be reaching out to the research community? Please let us know by subscribing and taking the time to submit a blog comment.

    Sign up now to get Inside NIA in your inbox or get the feed for your RSS reader, and join the conversation!

  • September 4, 2013

    Cartoon of four people in conversation.

    Will you join us in Bethesda, Maryland this coming October 30 and 31 to talk about aging research in a new way?

    The Trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG), with the support of the Alliance for Aging Research and the Gerontological Society of America, has organized a major meeting for scientists studying aging as a risk factor for most chronic diseases. We hope you’ll be able to attend. The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration closes soon.

    Ron Kohanski, Deputy Director of NIA's Division of Aging Biology, provides details about the meeting in a new blog post: Register today for the upcoming NIH Geroscience Summit!

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • August 28, 2013

    The NIA recently created a publicly available database to help coordinate and plan Alzheimer’s research, the International Alzheimer’s Disease Research Portfolio (IADRP). Pronounce it: “eye drop.” Laurie Ryan, a Program Director in NIA's Division of Neuroscience explains this new tool and how scientists and others in the research community can use it to identify funders, find collaborators, and search for gaps that may need to be addressed.

    Read the full blog post: IADRP: search for funded research projects in Alzheimer's disease

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • August 26, 2013

    The Summer 2013 issue of Connections, the e-newsletter from NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, is now available!

    In the latest issue:

    • Read about Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome and how research in this area may help scientists learn about Alzheimer’s in other groups
    • Learn about non-Alzheimer’s dementias and a workshop at NIH covering research into vascular, frontotemporal, and other dementias
    • Find out about delirium, what it means for cognitive health in older adults, and ways to better treat the condition
    • Check out the latest NIA-funded research results related to Alzheimer’s and cognitive health
    • Browse a list of clinical trials now recruiting

    Want to get future issues of Connections and other Alzheimer’s and aging research news by e-mail? Sign up today! Or follow us on Twitter @Alzheimers_NIH.

  • August 21, 2013

    Cartoon of four people in conversation.In recent years, the National Institute on Aging has made a large share of awards in September. Robin Barr, director of the Division of Extramural Activities, explains why and what’s being done to untangle the traffic jam. One solution—grant recycling.

    Read the full blog post: Recycling: not just a good thing for the environment

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • August 14, 2013

    The Request for Applications (RFA-RM-13-012), “Demonstration Projects for Pragmatic Clinical Trials Focusing on Multiple Chronic Conditions,” has been published in the NIH Guide. The purpose of this RFA is to solicit applications for cooperative agreements for demonstration projects for efficient, large-scale, pragmatic clinical trials focused on management of patients with multiple chronic conditions. Trials must be conducted across two or more health care systems (HCS) and must be conducted as part of the NIH HCS Research Collaboratory supported through the NIH Common Fund (see https://commonfund.nih.gov/hcscollaboratory).

    Awards made through this RFA will initially support a one-year milestone-driven planning phase (UH2), with possible rapid transition to the implementation phase (UH3) for a pragmatic trial demonstration project. UH3s will be awarded after administrative review of eligible UH2s that have met the scientific milestone and feasibility requirements necessary for the UH3 implementation phase, depending on the availability of funds. The UH2/UH3 application must be submitted as a single application; applicants should particularly note the specific instructions for each phase in this RFA. The deadline for applications is December 2, 2013

    The RFA can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-13-012.html

  • August 14, 2013

    Cartoon of four people in conversation.The NIA has funding available for junior faculty clinician-researchers in medical and surgical specialties. These grants can help early career physicians establish a track record in aging research. Please apply, and share this opportunity with others. Sue Zieman, a Medical Officer in NIA's Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology is the program officer for this funding, and she explains more about this opportunity in a new blog post.

    Read the full blog post: Funding opportunity for medical and surgical specialists to establish a track record in aging research

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  • August 7, 2013

    Cartoon of four people in conversation.Have you come across a compound or treatment in your own research that you think might promote healthy aging? Now is the time to propose it be tested! An NIA program is accepting proposals for candidate interventions for testing in a genetically heterogeneous mouse model. The next deadline is September 20. Nancy Nadon, Program Officer of the Biological Resources Program and Chief of Biological Resources Branch in NIA's Division of Aging Biology explains this opportunity in a new blog post.

    Read the full blog post: Interventions Testing Program—upcoming deadline for candidate interventions

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