About NIA

NACA Meeting: May 19-21, 2014

General Information/Staff Awards

Drs.Creighton (Tony) Phelps (NIA) and Nina Silverberg (NIA) received an NINDS Group Merit Award for effort and creativity in helping to coordinate and organize the NAPA Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementia Research Challenges and Opportunities planning effort. The program directors from NIA cited have played a key role, along with those at NINDS, in the success of the effort, helping to organize various meeting sessions. This involved recruiting working group members, guiding their deliberations, and ensuring that each group had a draft set of recommendations ready for discussion at the meeting.

On April 29, 2014, the Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) held a special program in conjunction with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to honor the WSA Achievement Awardees. Tammy Harris, M.D., M.D., Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science, received the NIA Investigator Award; Julie Mattison, Ph.D., Translational Gerontology Branch, received the NIA Staff Scientist Award; and Sarah Mitchell Ph.D., Translational Gerontology Branch, received the NIA Fellow Award.

Publications & Online Resources

Press Release:

On December 12, 2013, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and NIA issued a joint press release to partner on research advancing accessibility to communications for Americans with hearing disabilities. For further information, please go to the following website: http://www.nia.nih.gov/newsroom/2013/12/fcc-and-national-institute-aging-partner-research-advancing-accessibility

Special Section in Developmental Psychology on Conscientiousness and Healthy Aging, co-edited by David Reiss, Jacquelynne Eccles and Lis Nielsen. Publication in May 2014. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/dev/ This Special Section is the culmination of activities of a working group on Conscientiousness and Healthy Aging sponsored by the National Institute on Aging over the last several years. Our workshop and teleconference reports are also posted online:

Conscientiousness and Healthy Aging Teleconference November 10, 2009 - An exploratory teleconference on Conscientiousness and Healthy Aging was held to consider new directions in research on the links between personality and important aging outcomes. http://www.nia.nih.gov/about/events/2011/conscientiousness-and-healthy-aging-0

“Frontiers in Geroscience” Supplement to The Journals of Gerontology, Series A, 69A, S1 (June 2014). R.A. Kohanski, Supplement Issue Editor; Felipe Sierra, Guest Editor-in-Chief.

The following new publications, online resources, and other products were developed, updated, or reprinted:

AgePages (English):

  • Heart Health (updated and reprinted)
  • Menopause (updated and reprinted)
  • Osteoporosis: The Bone Thief (updated and reprinted)

AgePages (Spanish):

  • ¿Es confiable la información sobre la salud que se encuentra en el Internet? (Online Health Information: Can You Trust It?) (new cultural adaptation)

Tip Sheets and Fact Sheets:

  • Advance Care Planning: Tips from the National Institute on Aging (updated and reprinted)
  • Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips: Coping with Agitation and Agression (new eBook)
  • Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips: Hallucinations, Delusions, and Paranoia (new eBook)
  • Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips: Rummaging and Hiding Things (new eBook)
  • Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips: Sundowning (new eBook)
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet (updated and reprinted)
  • Finding Your Way—Resources for Early Career Researchers: Tips from the National Institute on Aging (updated and reprinted)
  • Medicamentos para la enfermedad de Alzheimer (Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet; updated and reprinted)
  • Organ Donation and Transplantation for Older Donors and Recipients—Resources from the U.S. Government (new online-only tip sheet)

Outreach materials:

  • Grow Older in Good Health bookmark (updated and reprinted)
  • NIA Publications CD (updated and reprinted)


  • Launched a new online application for researchers to apply to use BLSA data
  • Redesigned the publications pages of the NIA website to be mobile-friendly
  • NIHSeniorHealth launched a new End of Life topic

Social Media

  • ADEAR Twitter (@Alzheimers_NIH) participated in a US News and World Report sponsored Twitter Chat about caregiving and live-tweeted during a forum on Alzheimer’s disease sponsored by the journal Health Affairs.
  • Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers continues to stimulate a weekly conversation with a growing list of subscribers (currently 7,200).

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

Media & Outreach

NIA posted and distributed the following press releases:

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

Meetings & Exhibits

  • NIA exhibited at the American Society on Aging “Aging in America” conference, San Diego, CA
  • NIA sent materials to the Parkinson’s Disease Conference, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
  • In April, Dr. Marie Bernard and NIA staff met with representatives of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) to discuss research and training interests, and opportunities that AAOS members might wish to pursue via grant applications.
  • In April, Dr. Marie Bernard and NIA staff met with representatives of the Sleep Research Society/American Academy of Sleep Medicine (SRS/AASM) to discuss possible connections between sleep and multiple conditions of interest to NIA.
  • In April, Dr. Richard Hodes, Dr. Marie Bernard, and other NIA staff met with representatives of the Friends of the NIA (FONIA).

(For more information about NIA’s conferences or exhibits, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph. 301-496-1752. For more information about NIA’s professional meetings, contact Dr. Melinda Kelley, Legislative Officer, Ph. 301-451-8835.)


  • AVA Digital Award Gold Award for Healthy Aging: Lessons from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging; and an Honorable Mention for What's On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging
  • 2013 Generations Platinum Award for Lewy Body Dementia: Information for Patients, Families & Professionals; and a Gold Award for What's On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

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