Aging Research

What research is conducted by the NIA?

The NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The NIA supports and conducts genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older Americans. The NIA is the primary Federal agency for research on Alzheimer’s disease. To learn more about the NIA, visit www.nia.nih.gov/about.

What is the National Institute on Aging?

The NIA is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  The NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. The Institute supports and conducts genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and economic research related to the aging process, diseases and conditions associated with aging, and other special problems and needs of older people. The NIA is the primary Federal agency for research on Alzheimer’s disease.

Where can I find information about the National Advisory Council on Aging?

The National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA) advises the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Director of NIH, and the Director of NIA. The Council meets three times a year to consider applications for research and training and to recommend funding for promising applications. Go to the NACA page »

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