NIA Director Richard J. Hodes discusses NIA's budget and two NIA events.
As we close out the old fiscal year, we can now say that FY 2014 started with a whimper and ended with a bang. At the beginning of the year, we set a very conservative payline due to uncertainty about the budget. In March, I am pleased to say, the financial outlook improved when we received a $130 million increase (compared to FY 2014) in our appropriation. A large part of the increase was primarily for Alzheimer’s research, but other areas benefited as well. Applications for the final National Advisory Council on Aging round of FY 2014 dazzled reviewers, giving us some anxiety over whether we could make our published payline. But all ended happily. The projects funded in the second half of the year are listed in this issue of SOAR.
Now that FY 2015 is here, we are facing the challenge of the new NIH policy that allows (almost) infinite resubmissions, which has already led to a surge in applications. We do not yet know how that will affect our funding line this year, as it depends both on how well the applications do in review and the size of the FY 2015 budget. Stay tuned.
With this issue of Spotlight on Aging Research, I would like to invite you to two special events—one a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the National Institute on Aging and the other an international conference to address Alzheimer’s disease treatment and prevention.
At this year’s Gerontological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Washington, DC, NIA and the aging research community will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of NIA in 1974. A special symposium will showcase major research accomplishments supported by the Institute to improve the health of older people, provide a look to the future, and highlight an opportunity for feedback on NIA strategic directions for the coming years. Please join us for From Cells to Society: NIA at 40—Past, Present, and Future on Saturday, November 8, from 3 to 6 p.m. GSA has opened this symposium to all, including non-conference registrants, so we look forward to seeing many friends and colleagues there.
On February 9 to 10, 2015, join participants from around the world in Bethesda, MD, for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention, an international conference convened by NIA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with private support through the Foundation for the NIH. Registration is now open for the conference, which will build on recent scientific advances to accelerate discovery and development of effective treatments for people at all stages of the disease.
Richard J. Hodes, M.D.
National Institute on Aging