Health Disparities

Blog post – oh, what a year it was!

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During the fiscal year 2014, NIA was affected by a number of events and challenges. As the fiscal year winds down, Dr. Robin Barr, director of the Division of Extramural Activities, looks back on the changes and surprises that occurred, including an expanded research agenda, a budget increase, and an unexpected influx of well-written applications.

OSP Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Kimberly Johnson

Dr. Kimberly Johnson is dedicating her career to identifying best practices among providers to increase access to hospice care for older African Americans. Her research describes inter-county variability in ethnic disparities in hospice use in North Carolina and South Carolina. She is currently working to expand her study to include a national sample of hospice organizations.

Blog post - A new generation of early career researchers in aging

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Every summer, early career researchers from diverse backgrounds come from all over the U.S. to spend a week at the National Institute on Aging’s 2014 Butler-Williams Scholars Program. They explore the best of NIA’s science, learn about grantsmanship, share challenges, and make new connections.

Blog post - Funding opportunity for research on chronic inflammation

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Chronic inflammation increases with aging, and it is linked to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer, as well as frailty and disability. The NIA is offering new funding for research on chronic inflammation. If you study inflammation, please read about this grant opportunity and consider applying.

OSP Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Alexander Smith

Dr. Alexander  SmithDr. Alexander Smith is working to improve quality of life and communication for older adults with life limiting illness. After training in Primary Care Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Smith continued his education in a General Medicine research fellowship and obtained his Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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