I went to medical school at a time when women were just beginning to be seen in large numbers in medicine and science. My class at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine was a quarter women, and that was the largest proportion they’d ever had. I ran into all of the challenges you’d imagine—being one of a very few minority women on clinical rotations, being picked on or ignored because I was female or because I was black, or maybe both. Read More
Posted on July 9, 2014 by Chhanda Dutta, Chief, Clinical Gerontology Branch, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology.
Did you know that the National Institute on Aging has a national health education campaign? Launched in 2011, Go4Life® encourages older adults to reap health benefits by making physical activity part of their daily lives. If you do research with older adults or on senior wellness and health education programs, you might be especially interested in the details of our campaign. Read More
So, you just received an automated email that asks you to submit “just-in-time” information for your application. Does that mean NIA is going to pay it? I wish! Unfortunately, that just-in-time request brings false hope to too many. Here’s some explanation of the just-in-time messages and our data on who gets funded. It might help you consider the priority of responding to a just-in-time request for information, if your application to NIA has a percentile score of 21 or poorer. Read More
Looking for genetic, health, and medical data to use in your research? Are you thinking of investigating genetic risks and influences on health conditions, particularly those related to aging but wondering how to get the data? Qualified researchers can now for the first time access data from one of the United States’ largest and most diverse genomics projects—the Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging (GERA). The GERA cohort, at Kaiser Permanente Northern California system, has data on 78,000 members. You can apply to use these data in your research. Read More
Now is your chance to catch up on popular posts from the NIA blog for researchers. Can you believe we’ve been blogging for a year already? What additional topics could we cover that would be of interest to you? Read More
Over the years I have spoken to hundreds of people about career development (K) awards. One of the best days of my week is Tuesday, when I reserve the full day for phone calls with investigators, mentors, and prospective applicants. These conversations indicate how research has fundamentally changed. Technological advances, sophisticated tools, and the need to be facile with large data sets both define and demand a team science approach. Yet, one critical member of the team—the physician-scientist—is unaccounted for. First you see MD, now you don’t! Read More
Most government funding agencies, including the NIH, have special pots of money reserved for small businesses. “But M-D,” you say, “I’m in academia, I’m a scientist—what does business funding have to do with me?” But before you dismiss this funding opportunity, I invite you to look a little more closely. Read More
The National Institutes of Health puts out a lot of information for researchers. Websites, email newsletters, help desks… we really want to help you find your way to the resources you need. Check out the list below to make sure you’re not missing out on funding announcements and other important updates about applications, review, and other grants policies relevant to you and your work. Read More
An R01 research project grant is the dollar bill of NIH. It is our most recognized award, our most common award, our most flexible award, and our most understood award. So why is it not our only award? Read More
Posted on April 30, 2014 by Nina Silverberg, Assistant Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program, Division of Neuroscience.
Do you struggle to recruit older participants into your research? Researchers tell us that recruiting older adults—especially from underrepresented groups—is challenging, while the need for participants is great. Read More