The purpose of the forum is to bring together new awardees of grants from DAB in the spring of the year following their award, to encourage their continued success in this field by allowing them to get acquainted with us (NIA program staff) as well as network with each other. The new investigators make short presentations describing their planned work (or results to date) with an emphasis on how it relates to the area of aging research. The invitation letter emphasized the following: “Since you are being funded by the National Institute on Aging, we presume that your talk will clearly and explicitly demonstrate to us (and to the other forum participants) how your research is related to the area of aging.” Each meeting opened with a keynote address by an eminent researcher in the Biology of Aging (Dr. Donna Murasko and Dr. Steven Helfand ).
Owing to the large number of new investigators added to the DAB portfolio in FY 2010, DAB NIF was divided into two parts this year; one part for R01 awardees and the other part for K- and F-awardees (mentored research awardees). Both workshops (Part 1 – R01s [June 21-22, 2011] and Part 2 – Ks & Fs [June 27-29, 2011]) were held in Bethesda, MD.
(Contact Dr. David Finkelstein, DAB, ).