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Recent NIA meetings, workshops

June 2, 2014


Science of Behavior Change: Harnessing Neuroplasticity for Behavior Change, Bethesda MD – September 23-24, 2013

This NIA-administered Common Fund meeting explored the value of identifying neurobiological targets and harnessing neuroplasticity in the service of behavior change. (Contacts: Dr. Jonathan W. King and Dr. Lisbeth Nielsen)

Network on Reversibility Meeting, London, UK – October 15-16, 2013

This exploratory meeting was coordinated by Dr. David Reiss, BSR IPA, in conjunction with researchers at the UK Economic and Social Research Council. (NIA staff could not participate because of the government shutdown.) Meeting participants explored how existing datasets can be used to identify pathways linking early social adversity to late-life health outcomes, and to accelerate understanding of the malleability of risk and the effects of interventions. (Contact Dr. Lis Nielsen)

Leukocyte Function/Significance in the Aging Host, Newport, RI – October 22, 2013

Two speakers from the Division of Aging Biology gave presentations at this DAB-sponsored symposium at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Leukocyte Biology. (Contact: Dr. Rebecca Fuldner)

The 10th Annual Nathan W. Shock Symposium, Baltimore, MD – November 14, 2013

The symposium, “Reubin Andres: The Man, His Science, and His Legacy,” was held at the Asthma and Allergy Center and the Biomedical Research Center, on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus. Cosponsored by NIA and the Nathan W. and Margaret T. Shock Aging Research Foundation, the symposium honored the life of Reubin Andres and featured presentations by colleagues and students of Dr. Andres, including Dr. Jack Rowe, Columbia University; Dr. Edward Lakatta, NIA; Dr. Jordan Tobin, NIA retired; Dr. Mitch Harman, Phoenix VA Health Care System; Dr. Dariush Elahi, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Andrew Goldberg, University of Maryland; and Dr. John Sorkin, University of Maryland. (Contact: Dr. Luigi Ferrucci)

Institute of Medicine Workshop on Hearing Loss and Healthy Aging, Washington, DC – January 13-14, 2014

NIA and the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders cosponsored this Institute of Medicine workshop. The impact of hearing loss on healthy aging in older adults has largely not been considered despite hearing loss being independently associated with cognitive and physical functional decline, an increased risk of developing dementia, mortality, and increased rates of hospitalization and health care utilization. The workshop convened stakeholders from aging, hearing, communication, and the general public to discuss the public health significance of hearing loss and the relationship between hearing loss and healthy aging. It also examined the current hearing rehabilitation strategies and future strategies for innovative models of care. (Contact Dr. Wen Chen)

Seminar on Health Disparities in Boys and Men: Increasing Knowledge to Build Strategies for Health Equity, Bethesda, MD – January 23, 2014

NIA’s Office of Special Populations collaborated with the National Institute on Drug Abuse to convene a seminar highlighting research innovations and translational opportunities impacting the healthy aging of boys and men at risk for disproportionate health outcomes. The workshop could be the first in a series to highlight important determinants of healthy aging among boys and men from health disparities populations. (Contact: Dr. Carl V. Hill)

Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging Study, Washington, DC – February 3, 2014

The first meeting to launch this Institute of Medicine study, cosponsored by NIA, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, AARP, and the McKnight Brain Research Foundation, was held at the National Academy of Sciences. The meeting featured members of the study committee and invited experts. Participants delivered the charge to committee members for exploration of gaps and opportunities to move research on age-related cognitive decline into the public health arena. (Contact Dr. Molly Wagster)

Delirium in Older Adults: Finding Order in the Disorder, Bethesda, MD – February 9-11, 2014

The American Geriatrics Society and NIA, with cosponsorship from the John A. Hartford Foundation, held the first conference in the Bench-to-Bedside conference series on delirium. The 2½ day conference’s primary focus was to explore translational opportunities whereby studies of potential delirium mechanisms could help inform future research, clinical prevention, and management. (Contact Dr. Molly Wagster)

Advances in Biodemography: Cross-Species Comparisons of Social Environments, Social Behaviors, and their Effects on Health and Longevity, Washington, DC – April 8-9, 2014

NIA partnered with the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Population to conduct a workshop to promote and advance the field of biodemography to include cross-species comparisons of social environments; social behaviors; and their effects on health, longevity, and life histories. (Contact: Dr. John Phillips)

Public Health Dimensions of Cognitive Aging Study (Institute of Medicine) First Public Workshop, Washington, DC – April 10-11, 2014

A public workshop for this Institute of Medicine study was held at the National Academy of Sciences and featured invited speakers on the definition of cognitive aging, trajectories of cognitive aging, epidemiology and surveillance, and risk factors for cognitive decline. The study is cosponsored by NIA, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, AARP, the Retirement Research Foundation, and the McKnight Brain Research Foundation. (Contacts: Dr. Molly Wagster and Dr. Jonathan King)

Advances in Affective Science of Aging: New Directions and Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities, Bethesda MD – April 24, 2014

This special pre-conference workshop was held in conjunction with the inaugural conference of the Society for Affective Science. Discussions concerned methodological and conceptual issues involved in conducting lifespan research in affective science relevant to the aging population in four key areas: motivation and self-regulation; well-being measurement and analysis; stress and affect; and affective influences on decision-making. The goal was to stimulate innovative and creative research ideas to foster collaborative relationships and inspire younger researchers to take a lifespan approach to affective science questions. (Contact: Dr. Lis Nielsen)

Integrating Randomized Control Trials and Observational Data, Washington, DC – April 25, 2014

NIA and the National Academies of Science Committee on National Statistics organized a meeting to learn about methods for combining data from clinical trials and observational studies that could potentially offer more definitive analyses than either method alone. NIA sought expert input on how to maximize their unique collection of assets and methods, as well as research directions for social and behavioral research in aging. (Contact Dr. John Phillips)

B Cell Regulation of Immunity in Old Age, Pittsburgh, PA – May 4, 2014

The Division of Aging Biology sponsored a symposium at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Immunology. Four speakers gave presentations at the symposium. (Contact: Dr. Rebecca Fuldner)

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