Much of our job in the NIA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison is to help scientists talk and write about research in a clear, uncomplicated way. Many researchers struggle to find those simple words, and I notice similar difficulties again and again. Let me share with you tips for avoiding these common mistakes, and an example of how we worked with a scientist to rewrite scientific text for clearer communication. Read More
Determining the best way forward in Alzheimer’s disease research is as challenging and complicated as the disorder itself. So what steps do we take next to accelerate the discovery and development of effective treatments for people at all stages of Alzheimer’s disease? That is the focus of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention taking place February 9-10 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Read More
In a special session at this year’s Gerontological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Washington, D.C., NIA Director Richard Hodes, along with NIA’s scientific leadership, intramural scientists and grantees, advocates, and alumni, will reflect on major accomplishments in research to improve the health of older people since the establishment of the Institute in 1974. If you are attending the GSA meeting this November, please join us for this symposium on Saturday, November 8, from 3 – 6 p.m. GSA has made this symposium open to all, including non-registrants. We look forward to seeing many of you who helped build NIA and aging research, past and present, at this very special event. Read More
It’s that time of year again! The application period for the NIH Loan Repayment Program is open, as it is every fall, and NIA is one of a number of institutes joining with NIH to increase awareness of this important program. If the program is appropriate for you, apply now. You may be able to get part of your student loans repaid by NIA or one of the other NIH Institutes and Centers accepting applications. Read More
Posted on October 8, 2014 by Kimberly Firth, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities.
Have you ever seen that old-time vaudeville act where the guy spins plates on tall poles? Well, that’s a little of the way it feels to be a new Scientific Review Officer, or SRO, at the NIH. You smile with three plates spinning smoothly—then, three more plates appear for you to spin. Read More
Are you studying the genetics of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease? Did you know that the Alzheimer’s disease research community has a database that gives you access to a broad range of genetics and genomics data? NIAGADS (often pronounced NYE-ya-gads) is the NIA Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Data Storage Site, a national genetics data repository that facilitates access to data by qualified investigators. Read More
Fiscal year 2014 began with NIA staff—like many federal government workers—banned from our offices because the government was shut down. During the seemingly endless continuing funding resolutions that followed, we guessed and feared about the size of our budget for the year, establishing a very conservative payline during the long wait, and thereby causing great consternation among some in the research community. Then, the financial outlook—but not the weather—changed suddenly. Read More
Posted on September 17, 2014 by Jennifer Illuzzi, Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellow, Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology, Intramural Research Program.
Postdocs help power aging research. They receive NIA funding for training. They work with and for NIA grantees. In-house at NIA, they are a critical component of research conducted in NIA labs, which we call “intramural” research. Across the research community, postdoctoral research fellows contribute the long hours necessary to organize and implement research activities. I know this because I am one of them, and colleagues, I see how hard you work! Read More
NIH announced a change in resubmission policy in April. This blog post covers a different feature of the April policy change: how investigators can make decisions about grant applications that are not funded the first time they are submitted for consideration. If you’re not familiar with the lingo, A0 is the first submission of an application, while A1 is a resubmission of that same application, after some deeply considered changes. With the policy change, investigators now have a real choice after an A0 grant application is not funded. Read More
Earlier this month, I spent a week with NIA’s 2014 Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research). These early career researchers from diverse backgrounds come to Bethesda from all over the country. They learn about the best of our science—aging biology, behavioral and social research, neuroscience, geriatrics and clinical gerontology, and health disparities. Perhaps even more importantly, they learn about grantsmanship, share challenges, and make new connections. It’s something that the NIA has been doing for decades: bringing bright, promising scientists to residential programs to grow their skills and encourage them to stay the course. What an honor it was to meet this year’s class. And what fun! Read More