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NIA Director's Welcome

Richard J. HodesWelcome to Spotlight on Aging Research – SOAR, NIA’s electronic newsletter bringing you updates on Institute and NIH activities of interest, particularly to researchers, advocates, and others with an interest in research on aging. In addition to providing the latest on budget and funding, SOAR features scientific priorities, highlights research findings, presents funding opportunities, and more.

Right now, I know you are all keenly interested in what is happening with our budget and grants policy in these uncertain times. A number of you have expressed frustration and reported difficult circumstances because of these delays. On NIA’s part, we commit to quick action on awards as soon as we know what the final fiscal year 2013 budget will be. Please make sure to read the budget update in this issue of SOAR on NIA’s funding policies as federal budget discussions move forward.

In this issue, we feature a conversation with NIA Scientific Director Dr. Luigi Ferrucci. Luigi discusses his vision for aging research being conducted in the newly reorganized Intramural Research Program. We provide an update on our NAPA-related activities under the new National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, highlight the new NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Behavioral and Neurological Function, and encourage a diverse group of young investigators to participate in the 2013 Summer Institute on Aging. We also focus on research results recently in the news, as well as call your attention to funding opportunities currently offered by NIA.

For comments or questions about items in SOAR, please contact the SOAR editor in the NIA Office of Communications and Public Liaison at nianews3@mail.nih.gov. Your feedback and questions are welcomed as we build this newsletter to be informative and useful for the aging research community.

I look forward to hearing from you as we work together toward discoveries to improve health well-being as we grow older.

Richard J. Hodes, M.D.
National Institute on Aging, NIH