Spotlight on Aging Research

June 2014 | E-alert sign-up
 News and Notes from the National Institute on Aging


Dr. Richard Hodes

NIA Director's welcome, funding update

Welcome to Spotlight on Aging Research – SOAR NIA’s electronic update on Institute and NIH activities. In addition to providing the latest on budget and funding, SOAR features scientific priorities, highlights research findings, presents funding opportunities, and more.

Feature articles

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NIH, industry, and non-profits partner to speed validation of disease targets

Learn about NIH's Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) with industry and non-profits.
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Geroscience Summit examines intersection of aging, chronic disease

The trans-NIH geroscience interest group (GSIG) brought together 50 investigators from several disciplines for a conference, "Advances in Geroscience: Impact on Health-span and Chronic Disease."

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ROAR! HHS agencies seek to recruit older adults into research

A new federal initiative, Recruiting Older Adults into Research (ROAR), is encouraging older adults to volunteer for Alzheimer’s and other studies. Learn more about participating in medical research.
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A conversation with…Kathie Reed

Kathie Reed, retiring from the NIA Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation, talks to SOAR about her office and the direction of federally supported and conducted research on aging.
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NIA supports research on pain in older people

Learn about pain in older adults, with research data from the National Health and Aging Trends Study & the Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health.
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NAPA Update—HHS Secretary Sebelius lauds goals achieved under National Plan

Read about the latest changes to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.
N I A Director Dr. Richard Hodes, keynote speaker at Health Affairs forum on the long reach of Alzheimer's disease

NIA, grantees focus on Alzheimer’s recruitment, policy issues at Health Affairs forum

NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes and several NIA grantees discussed wide-ranging research results at a forum highlighting the journal’s April issue on Alzheimer’s.
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Telomere length associated with racial bias, discrimination

Learn about an NIA-funded study on health disparities and the association between shorter leukocyte telomere length (LTL) and racial bias and discrimination.

Research highlights, press releases

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Read all about it! Recent findings from NIA supported, conducted research are highlighted.

NIA happenings

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Catch up with updates on staff awards, meetings, upcoming initiatives, and other news.

Funding news


Looking for current funding opportunities? Check here for a list of NIA funding opportunities and announcements. A list of recently awarded NIA grants is also available. In addition, each of NIA's four extramural research divisions offers guidance about the scientific focus of their programs, as well as funding opportunities in their specific research areas. Find information on studies in: biology, social and behavioral aspects of aging, geriatrics and clinical gerontology, and neuroscience (including Alzheimer’s disease).

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