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About NIA

NACA meeting: January 26–27, 2010

General Information (Meetings and Exhibits, Staff Awards, Publications, News Releases, NIA Web Activities)

Meetings and Exhibits

Nathan W. Shock Symposium – September 15, 2009
The NIA Intramural Research Program (IRP) and the Nathan W. and Margaret T. Shock Foundation hosted the 7th Annual Nathan W. Shock Aging Symposium entitled, "Brain Aging in Humans” on September 15, 2009. It was held at the Biomedical Research Center, in Baltimore, MD, and included several prestigious speakers. Bruce Yanker, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, presented NIA's 20th Annual Nathan W. Shock Lecture entitled, “Mechanisms of Human Brain Aging and Cognitive Decline.” (For further information, contact: Ms. Taya Dunn-Johnson, Ph: 410-558-8110, dunnt@mail.nih.gov.)

Systems Biology of Human Aging, 2009 – December 8-9, 2009
The NIA Intramural Research Program (IRP) hosted the 2009 Systems Biology of Human Aging Symposium on December 8-9, 2009, at the Biomedical Research Center, in Baltimore, MD. This meeting brought together a host of researchers from very different fields, with different approaches, that have a common focus on applying systems biology to aging research. (For further information, contact: Ms. Taya Dunn-Johnson, Ph: 410-558-8110, dunnt@mail.nih.gov.)

The NIA communications office exhibited or participated in the following meetings and conferences:

  • AARP, Las Vegas, NV
  • American Society of Hematology, New Orleans, LA
  • Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL
  • Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA

In addition, NIA disseminated materials at:

  • Block Institute’s Circle of Life Fair, Brooklyn, NY
  • Chickasaw Meeting Day and Festival health fair, Tishomingo, OK
  • Evangel Assembly’s Community Health Fair, Temple Hills, MD
  • Hattie Holmes (Kennedy) Senior Wellness Center, Washington, DC
  • Saint John’s First United Baptist Church Health Fair, Washington, DC
  • Senior Beacon InfoExpo, Rockville, MD
  • Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activities Center, Brentwood, MD

NIA coordinated meetings:

  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Public Affairs Advisory Committee (September 21, 2009)
  • Alzheimer’s Association (October 13, 2009)
  • Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research (November 2, 2009)
  • Delegation from Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Quebec (November 5, 2009)

(For more information about NIA’s exhibits, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, Communications Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752. For more information about meetings with professional organizations or associations, contact Dr. Tamara Jones, Legislative Officer, Ph: 301-451-8835.)

Staff Honors

  • Jack Block Award –
    Dr. Paul Costa, Jr., Senior Investigator and Chief, Laboratory of Personality and Cognition (LPC), NIA, received the 2009 Jack Block Award for Personality Research from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
  • APPA Fellow
    Dr. Paul Costa, Jr., Senior Investigator and Chief, LPC/NIA, was elected to the American Psychopathological Association as a Fellow.
  • Journal of Gerontology Editor
    The Gerontological Society of America named Dr. Rafael de Cabo, Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Experimental Gerontology (LEG), NIA, the new editor of The Journal of Gerontology: Biological Sciences.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease (P.A.D.) Award
    The Science Committee of the Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition announced that the article, “Asymptomatic Peripheral Arterial Disease is Associated with more Adverse Lower Extremity Characteristics than Intermittent Claudication” was selected to receive the Coalition’s 2009 Best Research Award in the category of Vascular Medicine. Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, Senior Investigator, Clinical Research Branch (CRB), NIA, was a co-author on this paper.
  • 2010 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)
    The NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) is an annual competition that provides recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural fellows. The winners each receive a travel stipend to attend a scientific meeting where they present their abstract, either as a poster or a seminar. The winners also present their work at one of the FARE poster sessions that follow each Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) 2010/2011 seminar, and also serve as judges for the FARE 2011 competition. NIA had 16 NIH FARE Award winners:

Joanne Allard
Jie An
Sang-Ho Choi
Bazarragchaa Damdinsuren
Hyeon Ho Kim
Eun Kyung Lee
Ping-Chang Lin
Robert Maul
Scott Maynard
Loukia Parisiadou
Maria Grazia Perino
Roza Selimyan
Dharmendra Singh
Angelina Sutin
Sharon Tsang
Jenq-Lin Yang


  • National Research Council. (2009) Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys: Beyond ADLs and IADLs, Summary of a Workshop.Gooloo S. Wuhderlich, Rapporteur. Committee on National Statistics and Committee on Population. Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
    This report is a summary of a workshop organized to draw upon recent advances to improve the measurement of physical and cognitive disability in population surveys of the elderly population. Are the measures of activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) used in many population surveys sufficient as the primary survey-based indicators of late-life-disability? If not, should they be refined or should they be supplemented by other measures of disability in surveys? If yes, in what ways should disability measures be changed or modified to produce population estimates of late-life disability and to monitor trends? What further research is needed to advance this effort? (For more information, contact: Ms. Elizabeth Hamilton, BSR, Ph: 301-496-3136.)
  • Research Highlights in the Translation of Social and Behavioral Science (November 2009)
    Published by NIA/Behavioral and Social Research Division.
    This publication describes the research of the 13 Roybal Centers awarded in 2009: health and mobility; disease and pain management; decision making and behavior change; and better data, measurement, and forecasting. (For more information, contact: Ms. Elizabeth Hamilton, BSR, Ph: 301-496-3136.)
  • Summary of NIH Meeting on the Science of Behavior Change (PDF, 292K)
    The summary of this June 15-16, 2009, meeting was finalized in October 2009. Because behavior has large and pervasive effects on health outcomes, better understanding of the mechanisms underlying behavior change promises substantial improvements in public health as well as savings in healthcare costs. For these reasons, advancing the science of behavior change has been identified by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institute Directors as a top priority for NIH-wide research efforts, and interest has been building to bring together scientists from a wide range of disciplines to radically move this science forward. This meeting represented the coalescing of efforts to help the NIH shape an exciting new research agenda for a cross-NIH, cross-disciplinary initiative on the basic science of behavior change. Over 130 participants attended the meeting, including 60 invited experts who shared their perspectives from fields as varied as psychology, neuroscience, economics, sociology, nursing, biology, medicine, health behavior and health education, public health, epidemiology, gerontology, pharmacology, dentistry, marketing, communication, decision making, computer science, and engineering, as well as 67 NIH staff drawn from 17 Institutes and the offices of the NIH Director. The issues and ideas put forth by meeting participants stimulated innovative thinking and new collaborations aimed at accelerating the transformation of health promotion and disease prevention. (For more information, contact: Ms. Elizabeth Hamilton, BSR, Ph: 301-496-3136.)

The following new publications and materials were completed:

  • Connections (Fall, 2009)
  • Hormones and Menopause Tip Sheet
  • LINKS (Fall 2009)
  • NIA Research Program Information Resources Tipsheet
  • News and Notes from the ADEAR Center Library (email update)
  • Participating in Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials and Studies Fact Sheet
  • Saving for Retirement: What Do You Know?
  • Shoelaces (Go4Life exercise campaign) outreach item
  • Spotlight on Aging Research (Volume 2, Number 3)

The following publications were updated or reprinted:

  • Arthritis Advice (AgePage)
  • Crime (AgePage)
  • El VIH, el SIDA y las personas mayores (HIV, AIDS, and Older People)
  • Hearing Loss (AgePage)
  • Medicamentos: Úselos con cuidado (Medicines: Use Them Safely)
  • NIA Publications Catalog
  • NIA Publications (CD-ROM)
  • Nursing Homes: Making the Right Choice (AgePage)
  • Sexuality in Later Life (AgePage)
  • Shingles (AgePage)

(For more information about NIA’s publications, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

NIA News Releases

The following press releases or announcements were distributed to audiences in print and on the Internet:

(For more information about NIA’s press releases, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, Communications Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

NIA Websites

ADEAR Website

  • Closed-captioned versions of films from HBO's The Alzheimer's Project available on ADEAR site (4 documentary films and 15 supplemental films)


  • New Medicare videos added
  • Mature Market Media, Bronze Award for the NIHSeniorHealth Toolkit for Trainers

Women of Color Registry Network

  • Project launched in collaboration with Dr. Taylor Harden and NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health to create new online network/portal for women of color who are interested in biomedical research

(For more information about NIA’s websites, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, Communications Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

Publication Awards

HBO/NIA Collaboration and Awards
In association with the Alzheimer’s Association, the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer’s Initiative, HBO Documentary Films and the NIA/NIH co-presented The Alzheimer’s Project which debuted on May 10-12, 2009. The Alzheimer’s Project included the four core documentary films, 15 supplemental films, a robust website, and extensive information and outreach about research and care. Since the debut, the series has received critical acclaim: THE MEMORY LOSS TAPES received an Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Non Fiction Filmmaking, and “GRANDPA, DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?” WITH MARIA SHRIVER won an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Non Fiction Program. The two-part MOMENTUM IN SCIENCE was an Emmy nominee. The Alzheimer’s Project also received the Television Critics Association award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Information.

The Alzheimer’s Project continues to offer a rich and easily accessible source of educational and outreach materials. The original films can be viewed for free on the HBO website at www.hbo.com/alzheimers, and on YouTube and Facebook, with closed-captioned versions available on the NIA website. There are also a wide range of free Alzheimer’s resources, including supplemental films featuring interviews with scientists, a video glossary, and links to NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers, and other research and support organizations. Supplemental films on the HBO site provide a more in-depth look at research, while an additional set of short films geared toward the scientific community are hosted on the Alzheimer’s Research Forum website at www.alzforum.org.

  • Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Non Fiction Filmmaking: THE MEMORY LOSS TAPES
  • Emmy for Outstanding Children's Non Fiction Program: GRANDPA, DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? WITH MARIA SHRIVER
  • Emmy Nomination: The Alzheimer’s Project: MOMENTUM IN SCIENCE (Parts I & II)
  • Television Critics Award: The Alzheimer’s Project

For more information about The Alzheimer’s Project and to view the films and supporting materials, visit www.hbo.com/alzheimers or www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/HBO.

(For more information about NIA’s collaboration with HBO, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, Communications Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)