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Blog post - working with Congress

Cartoon of four people in conversation.The NIA recently hired someone new to help us work with Congress, outside groups, and others who would like to interact with NIA leadership. Dr. Marie A. Bernard, NIA deputy director explains that government agencies must have a point of contact for Members of Congress and their staff. "Legislation, including appropriations, affects all aspects of biomedical research," she writes.

Blog post - percentiling of grant applications

Cartoon of four people in conversation.Different kinds of NIA grant applications receive different kinds of scores when they are reviewed. Some applications get a percentile rank, while others get a priority score. Dr. Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities, has a new blog post about this aspect of the NIA grant review process.

Blog post - a valuable data resource: Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging

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The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, or BLSA, is one of the world’s longest running studies of aging. Started in 1958, the BLSA enrolls healthy volunteers ages 20 years and older and follows them longitudinally—for life. The BLSA has accumulated a great deal of valuable data, and researchers can request access to this data for their own investigations of important scientific questions.

Blog post - applications due March 28: Butler-Williams Scholars Program

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The March 28, 2014 application deadline is fast approaching for NIA’s summer training opportunity: the Butler-Williams Scholars Program.

Video of February 26 Council meeting now available

The National Advisory Council on Aging met on February 26, 2014, and the video recording of the meeting is now available. The agenda and other meeting materials are also available.

Blog post - are impact ratings random?

Cartoon of four people in conversation.Applicants sometimes ask us if grant reviewers can really determine which grant applications are the very best. When only a small proportion of applications can be funded, can the NIH scientific peer review process identify the very highest quality applications in a large group of high quality applications?

New to aging research? Apply to the Butler-Williams Scholars Program by March 28

Emerging researchers, including those with limited involvement in research on aging, are invited to apply for the next Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the Summer Institute on Aging Research), to be held August 4-8, 2014, at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD.

Sponsored by NIA, the 5-day program will explore research design relative to aging, including issues relevant to racial/ethnic minorities and health disparities. The agenda will include:

Blog post - Dr. Schlessinger on 50 years in genetics research

Cartoon of four people in conversation.Dr. David Schlessinger shares reflections on the birth of a new science, molecular biology, and his more than 50 years in genetics research. "When I first entered my mentor Jim Watson’s office as a graduate student in ancient times (i.e., 1957), I saw a slip of paper fastened by scotch tape to the fluorescent light fixture over his desk.

Blog post - what can your NIA program officer do for you?

Cartoon of four people in conversation.Program officers at the National Institute on Aging, and across the NIH, ensure that we are funding the best research projects, career development, and research training in the areas of science they cover. However, some grant applicants are not quite sure when to get in touch with their program officer, or how to get the best from their program officer.

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