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
Posted on August 13, 2014 by Barbara Radziszewska, Program Officer, Clinical Trials Branch, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology.
Here’s a new funding opportunity that might interest you. The support is for a clinical trial on reducing chronic inflammation. I’m the program officer for this area, and I’d like to tell you a bit more about it. I particularly wanted to write this blog because this new funding is through the U01 mechanism, and not everyone is familiar with exactly how that works. And, the deadline for the letter of intent is coming up next month, so I urge you to get in touch and start writing! Read More
International collaboration is vital to advancing Alzheimer’s disease research on multiple fronts, from genetics to biomarkers to translational research. Just weeks ago, at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference® 2014 in Copenhagen, I was pleased to witness firsthand the intense commitment among scientists worldwide to find solutions to this devastating disease. From early morning to late evening, at symposium and plenary sessions, during poster sessions and coffee breaks, at add-on meetings and consortium sessions, some 4,300 investigators from 75 different countries shared recent findings and explored ways to overcome the challenges of finding ways to treat or prevent this complex disease. Read More
Do you conduct research on health disparities? Are you a grad student, postdoc, or junior faculty member? Are you interested to learn about some new funding that’s just become available from the NIA? Current NIA grantees can apply for extra funding to add you their grants. That’s right! There is additional money to add appropriate, rigorous health disparities projects and researchers to existing NIA grants. Read More
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