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Recent NIA meetings, workshops

September 30, 2013


Transfer of Training Meeting, Washington, DC - June 5, 2013

This meeting at the National Academy of Sciences featured members of the Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences and invited experts. Participants explored the current state of knowledge on how training of either basic cognitive skills or the induction of changes in overall state could lead to transfer on untrained tasks or areas of functioning. This meeting had implications for potential future cognitive interventions for older adults. (Contact: Dr. Jonathan King)

Science of Behavior Change FY13 Grantees Meeting, Bethesda, MD - June 20-21, 2013

This meeting was coordinated by NIA for the Science of Behavior Change Common Fund activity and included grantees from RFA-RM-10-002, RFA-AG-11-010, and PA-12-119. In addition to updates from investigators, it explored how basic research on mechanisms of self-regulation can inform the design of interventions for behavior change and examined approaches to investigating mechanisms of behavior in ongoing large trials or epidemiological studies. (Contacts: Dr. Jonathan King and Dr. Lis Nielsen)

Ceramides and Aging – Current Status and Future Directions, Bethesda, MD - July 23, 2013

The longevity gene LAG1 encodes the enzyme ceramide synthase. Ceramides form the backbone of all glycolipids and sphingolipids, and have recently emerged as important in the regulation of cellular stress in response to multiple stress inducers. They also serve as signaling molecules and are components of the mitochondrial membrane. This workshop evaluated the state of the art with respect to ceramides and aging, and suggested possible future areas of exploration. (Contact: Dr. David Finkelstein)

Auditory Plasticity and Aging, Bethesda, MD - August 12–13, 2013

The workshop was organized by NIA, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, and the University of California, Davis. The two sessions focused on bottom-up auditory processing and plasticity in aging model organisms, and on complex auditory processing and plasticity in aging. Experts in the fields of brain aging, age-related hearing loss, and auditory plasticity focused on identifying the knowledge gaps and future research directions to enhance research on auditory plasticity and aging. (Contact Dr. Wen Chen)

Age-Related Changes in Neuromuscular Junction, Bethesda, MD - August 27, 2013

The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) changes with age, reducing the number of functional junctions. It is not known what causes the loss in NMJs, but there is evidence that changes in this junction play a role in sarcopenia and frailty. This workshop explored the role of aging in the loss of NMJ in sarcopenic frailty. (Contacts: Dr. John Williams and Dr. Wen Chen)

Role of Regulatory RNAs in Aging, Bethesda, MD - August 29, 2013)

This exploratory workshop discussed the ways in which regulatory RNAs impact aging and age-related diseases. The workshop brought together experts in the fields of RNA and the biology of aging to encourage cross-talk among the disciplines and help determine the challenges and opportunities in furthering the research in this area. (Contact: Dr. Jose Velazquez)

Female Reproductive Aging and Women’s Health, Bethesda, MD - September 4, 2013

Progress in menopausal research and women’s health has been hampered by several factors, including lack of appropriate animal models, poor understanding of basic ovarian biology, and lack of staging system in a clinical setting. This workshop sought to obtain a scientific update from an expert group and to identify potential gaps in the field. (Contact: Dr. Mahadev Murthy)

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