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The Leader in Aging Research

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. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research. Read our brochure for an overview about NIA (PDF, 12M).

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Learn more about NIA's mission and strategic directions for aging research. 

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About NIA Video

Watch this video to learn more about NIA’s mission, history, and research progress on healthy aging.


Staff Directory

Find contact information for NIA staff.

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Budget & Testimony

Information on the NIA budget and Congressional testimony.

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National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA)

NACA meets three times a year.

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NIA & the National Alzheimer's Plan

Learn about NIA's role in leading the Alzheimer's and related dementias research effort for the National Plan.

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Job and training opportunities to help advance aging research

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Visitor Information

Find addresses for NIA facilities in Bethesda and Baltimore, Maryland.

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How can someone donate to NIA?

Aging Advances & Initiatives

NIA research has furthered our understanding of the nature of aging, supported the health and well being of older adults, and made progress towards extending the healthy, active years of life for more people.

Alzheimer’s Progress

NIA-supported breakthroughs in understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and working towards an effective treatment or cure.

Offices & Divisions

Director: Richard J. Hodes, M.D.

Acting Deputy Director: Melinda Kelley, Ph.D.

Director of Management: Patrick Shirdon

Scientific Director: Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D.

Office of the Director/Deputy Director (OD)

Office of Special Populations

Office of Legislation/Policy/International Activities

Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL)

Office of Planning, Analysis, & Evaluation (OPAE)

Office of Administrative Management (OAM)

Administrative Management Branch (AMB)

Financial Management Branch (FMB)

Information Technology Branch (ITB)

Workforce & Strategic Planning Branch (WSPB)

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