• May 13, 2014
    N I A’s Health Disparities Research Persons Network (H D P R N) group on LinkedIn

    Members can now join NIA’s Health Disparities Research Persons Network (HDPRN) group on LinkedIn.

    NIA’s Health Disparities Research Persons Network (HDRPN) has a new home with LinkedIn, the popular professional networking site.

    Developed in 2008 by NIA’s Office of Special Populations, the HDRPN provides technical and capacity-building assistance to scientists interested in aging research, especially studies involving diverse and underserved groups. Moving the HDRPN’s virtual network to LinkedIn will help enhance connections among senior investigators and early and mid-career investigators who seek professional guidance about effective study design, minority health, health disparities, and subject recruitment.

    Benefits of joining the HDRPN on LinkedIn

    • Greater interface with NIA’s Office of Special Populations and a direct line to learn about opportunities to participate in grant reviews and advise on other projects to support underserved populations
    • Notices about conferences and workshops related to aging, health disparities, and diversity
    • Opportunities to exchange ideas and potentially collaborate on research to effectively address the needs of diverse aging populations

    Network members can now link their personal LinkedIn profiles to the new NIA Health Disparities Resource Persons Network group.

  • May 13, 2014

    Phelps, Ryan appointed to new roles

    NIA’s Division of Neuroscience recently announced the appointment of two long-serving staff members to new leadership positions.

    Dr. Creighton (Tony) Phelps, Deputy Director of NIA’s Division of Neuroscience

    Dr. Creighton (Tony) Phelps recently appointed as new Deputy Director of NIA’s Division of Neuroscience.

    Dr. Creighton (Tony) Phelps is the new Deputy Director of the division. Dr. Phelps has served as the acting chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch for the past 18 months and will continue to direct the efforts the national network of Alzheimer’s Disease Centers, a program he has overseen since 1992.

    Dr. Phelps has greatly influenced NIA’s Alzheimer’s disease research program. He first joined the Institute in 1985, helping to coordinate the review of research grant applications related to the neurobiology of aging and Alzheimer's disease. In 1987, he became the division’s program director in charge of neurobiology and neuroplasticity. After working at the Alzheimer’s Association from 1989 to 1992, he returned to NIA to help build the infrastructure to advance Alzheimer’s research, including the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center in Seattle and the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s disease in Indianapolis.

    Dr. Phelps has focused on the development of major initiatives related to the genetics and genomics of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, programs aimed at identifying Alzheimer’s risk factor genes. He continues to work closely with national advocacy organizations, as well as with sister NIH institutes focused on dementia, to advance understanding of Alzheimer’s and related dementias. In recent years, he has coordinated a project culminating in the 2011 update of the NIA-Alzheimer’s Association guidelines for the clinical and pathological diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

    Dr. Laurie Ryan, Chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch for NIA’s Division of Neuroscience

    Dr. Laurie Ryan recently appointed as new Chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch for NIA’s Division of Neuroscience.

    Dr. Laurie Ryan is the new Chief of the Dementias of Aging Branch. In this role, she oversees the development, coordination, and implementation of NIA’s basic and clinical Alzheimer’s disease research program and directs the Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials research portfolio. Since 2005 when she joined the division, Dr. Ryan has served as program director for Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trials.

    Dr. Ryan received her bachelor's degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1986 and her master’s from Loyola College in Maryland in 1991. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University in 1997 and completed a fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

    Dr. Ryan came to the NIA from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. She began her career at the DVBIC as clinical neuropsychologist for the site, when DVBIC was an eight-site military, Veterans Affairs, and civilian partner traumatic brain injury disease management program that included clinical care, research, and education. In 2003, Dr. Ryan was named assistant director for research and senior neuropsychologist for the national DVBIC, where she oversaw clinical research development and implementation with a focus on clinical trials.

  • May 13, 2014

    Inside N I A, A Blog for ResearchersDid you miss these? Now is your chance to catch up on the most popular posts from the NIA blog for researchers. The easiest way to get the blog regularly is to subscribe. We invite you to join the conversation!

    1. NIA budget update

      February 12 – Richard Hodes, NIA director
      The NIA got good news about our budget for fiscal year 2014: $130 million more than last year.

    2. Are impact ratings random?

      January 29 – Robin Barr, director, NIA Division of Extramural Activities
      Applicants sometimes ask us if grant reviewers can really determine which grant applications are the very best. Our funding data seems to show that they can.

    3. It is the best of times. It is the worst of times. It is modern times at NIA.

      March 26 – Robin Barr, director, NIA Division of Extramural Activities
      The NIA updated its 2014 funding policy in March. This post describes grant application success rates, paylines, and how this year's funding compares to previous years.

  • May 6, 2014

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    We offer many different kinds of grants: training grants, fellowships, career development awards, scientific meeting grants, awards for small businesses, centers, and even construction awards (elsewhere at NIH).

    To distinguish between these different kinds of grants, we name these programs differently and code them with different strings of letters and numbers. The letter-number strings are called "activity codes." Dr. Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities, has a new blog post describing activity codes for research grants. "An R01 research project grant is the dollar bill of NIH," Dr. Barr writes. "It is our most recognized award, our most common award, our most flexible award, and our most understood award. So why is it not our only award?"

    Read the full blog post: Activity codes—why not R01 and only R01?

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.


  • May 5, 2014

    The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is recruiting a dynamic and experienced psychological or behavioral scientist with academic training and expertise related to behavioral medicine, mechanisms of behavior change, and the design and conduct of behavioral and/or community interventions. The person hired for this position will play a major role in shaping the scientific agenda at the National Institute on Aging in behavior change and the development of novel interventions for adaptive aging. Our job announcement was posted today, Monday, May 5, 2014. The vacancy closes on May 14, 2014.

    Applications are submitted through at the following links:

    For all US Citizens:
    For Federal Employees:

  • May 5, 2014

    U S A dot gov blog postA new NIA guest post on the blog describes how to plan ahead before a medical emergency: "No one ever plans to be sick or disabled. But being prepared for all kinds of health situations can make all the difference in an emergency." Linking to NIA publications, the post describes how to gather important papers and give consent for advance directives. It also outlines legal and financial considerations when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and where to get more help.

    Read the full blog post: Plan Ahead for Legal, Financial, and Medical Needs Before an Emergency

    As the U.S. government's official web portal, connects the public to U.S. government information and services on the web.

  • April 30, 2014

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    Researchers tell us that recruiting older adults for research studies—especially older adults from underrepresented groups—is one of their greatest challenges.

    Dr. Nina Silverberg, assistant director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program in the NIA Division of Neuroscience, just posted a blog describing efforts in this area. A new project aims to work through local aging services and public health networks to increase awareness among diverse older adults and to include older participants in all types of research "We are developing materials, focusing on healthy aging and research participation," she explains, "with the message that 'You CAN make a difference for yourself and future generations.'”

    Read the full blog post: Encouraging older adults to participate in research

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • April 23, 2014

    Due to the overwhelming number of applications and limited availability of funds, the NIA Diversity Disability/Re-entry Supplement program will not accept applications posted electronically or via email on or after May 27, 2014. Electronic applications for the 2015 fiscal year can be submitted beginning September 30, 2014.

    Thank you for your interest and support of the NIA diversity supplement program. The training provided through these supplements allows us to recruit the most talented researchers from all groups to conduct research on aging and geriatrics and represents a priority for the National Institute on Aging.

  • April 23, 2014

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    The NIH recently issued a new resubmission policy for grant applications. After an unsuccessful A1 submission (or A0 submission) investigators may submit a similar application as a new (A0) application. NIH will not review the new submission for similarity to the prior application. In a new blog post, Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities explains what this means for the National Institute on Aging and invites comments from researchers in the NIA community.

    Read the full blog post: New resubmission policy

    The NIA blog publishes weekly with information on grants and funding policy, research priorities, scientific meetings, and topics of interest to researchers and others in the scientific community. Subscribe to get it weekly in your email inbox, or grab the RSS feed.

  • April 15, 2014

    Subject: Dr. Matthew Gillman May 1 at the GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) spring seminar

    When: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

    Where: Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10, NIH

    Title: "Developmental Origins of Health and Disease: Challenges and Payoffs"

    The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) cordially invites you to its spring seminar, featuring Dr. Matthew Gillman. Dr. Gillman is a Director, Obesity Prevention Program at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and Professor, Department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Gillman is a well-funded investigator in the area of DOHaD. Within a portfolio of observational and intervention studies, he and his colleagues are currently applying the lifespan model to a longitudinal birth cohort called Project Viva that explores the pre- and perinatal origins of obesity and dysmetabolism, asthma and allergies, and cognition and behavior. Dr. Gillman is also interested in exploiting the Project Viva birth cohort and other studies to detecting the presence of juvenile protective factors that appear to delay the onset of aging and age-related disease.

    The GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) was formed to enhance opportunities for discussion of the intersection between the biology of aging and the biology of disease and conditions that are of interest across ICs. It is focused on basic biology, but with a longer view towards translation. If you are interested in learning more, please visit the GSIG web site (

    The seminar will be videocast at and archived in the GSIG web site.

    Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Dr. Gilman Grave at or at 301/496-5593 or Dr. Ron Kohanski at or at 301/496-6402.

    To add this event to your calendar, please use this ICS file.