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Strategic Directions Appendices 

Appendix 1: NIA Organizational Chart

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Diagram of the leadership at the National Institute on Aging. See caption for details.
Organization chart showing the management structure of the National Institute on Aging. At the top is the Office of the Director, led by NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes and Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard. On the left side of the chart, below the Office of Director, is the Intramural Research Program led by Director Dr. Luigi Ferrucci and Extramural Activities office, led by Director Dr. Kenneth Santora. On the right side of the chart below the Office of the Director is the Office of Administrative Management, led by Director of Management Mr. Patrick Shirdon. The next row in the chart also reports directly to the Office of the Director, and starting on the left and moving to right includes the following divisions: the Division of Aging Biology, led by Acting Director Dr. Ronald Kohanski; the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, led by Director Dr. Evan Hadley; the Division of Behavioral and Social Research, led by Director Dr. Lisbeth Nielsen; and the Division of Neuroscience, led by Director Dr. Eliezer Masliah.

Appendix 2: Setting Strategic Directions

This document was developed over approximately eighteen months (beginning in June 2018) by staff in the NIA Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation (OPAE). The process began with a series of meetings with senior institute staff to review the existing Strategic Directions, discuss advances in science, and brainstorm potential new priorities to be outlined in the new document. These meetings were followed by presentations at several conferences, including the Gerontological Society of America national conference in November 2018, to encourage members of the scientific community to contribute their insights to the process.

A cornerstone of the process was a Request for Information (RFI) that NIA issued in November 2018. The RFI was spotlighted on the NIA blog and on social media, and between these mechanisms we received thoughtful responses from over 20 organizations, researchers, and community members. This valuable input informed the development of new content for the current document.

OPAE staff used all these sources, along with internal assessments and evaluations, to draft the current document. The document then underwent several rounds of internal review as well as final review by the National Advisory Committee on Aging.

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