• September 5, 2013

    Subject: Dr. Rita Effros October 2 at the GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) fall seminar
    When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Where: Lipsett Amphitheater, Building 10, NIH
    Title: "Human T Cell Aging: Telomere Loss, Inflammation and Links to Disease"

    The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) cordially invites you to its fall seminar, featuring Dr. Rita Effros. Dr. Effros is a Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. She directs research programs in the areas of aging and HIV disease, with emphasis on immunity to infection. Both aging and HIV disease are characterized by the loss of immune control over viral infections and by increased cancer incidence. In turn, these are affected by T cell dysfunction. Dr. Effros and colleagues have been at the forefront of studies on replicative senescence, telomeres and telomerase underlying this dysfunction. They have documented the existence of populations of T cells that increase with age and with HIV disease progression and which have overlapping molecular characteristics. They also examine the functional aspects of senescent T cells that may contribute to multiple pathologies of aging and AIDS, and are attempting to reverse or retard the process of replicative senescence in human T cells through manipulation of telomerase activity.

    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. Alison Deckhut at or at 301/496-7551 or Dr. Ron Kohanski at or at 301.496.6402.

  • September 5, 2013

    Healthy eating is important at any age. Screenshot of What's on Your Plate homepageThe National Institute on Aging’s recently redesigned online nutrition resource, What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging, offers information and to help older adults make good food choices every day.

    Explore What’s On Your Plate? for video and practical tips to help older adults live healthy lives. The dynamic website features topics like:

  • September 30, 2013

     Turning Discovery Into HealthNIH Director’s Awards were bestowed upon some 34 NIA staff, who received the honor from NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins for exhibiting superior performance or special efforts significantly beyond regular duty requirements but directly related to fulfilling the NIH mission.

    The outstanding efforts, recognized at a ceremony on June 12, 2013, included:

    • Alzheimer’s Disease Group Award—For planning and implementing an Alzheimer’s disease research initiative in response to the National Alzheimer’s Plan

      Recipients: Neil Buckholtz, Cerise Elliott, Adam Felsenfeld (NHGRI), Tamara Jones, Charlene Liggins, Marilyn Miller, Suzana Petanceska, Tony Phelps, Larry Refolo, Laurie Ryan, Nina Silverberg, and Steve Snyder
    • Gerontology Research Center (GRC) Project Team Group Award—In recognition of their exceptional leadership and efforts associated with the GRC Building Project

      Recipients: Taryn Ayoub, Larry Collins, Josephine Earley, Luigi Ferrucci, Kenneth Fishbein, Caran Fizer, Alberta Galek, Fred Indig, Kevin Little, Alfred May, Deborah McGovern, Michael O’Donnell, Kathy Perdue, Kristine Rozankowski, Louis Schechter, Patrick Shirdon, Steven Sollott, Harold Spurgeon, David Voss, Charles Weber, and Robert Wersto

    Two NIA extramural scientists received awards for their work on trans-NIH activities:  

    • Basil Eldadah, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology—For participation in the NIH Pain Consortium’s Centers of Excellence in Pain Education Team (nominated by the National Institute on Drug Abuse)
    • Winifred Rossi, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology—For participation in the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Oversight and Governance Committee (nominated by the NIH Office of the Director)
  • September 30, 2013

    Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in “Advances in Geroscience: Impacts on Healthspan and Chronic Disease,” taking place on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD, October 30–31, 2013.

    Attending this research summit is free, but seating is limited, and pre-registration is required by October 15.

    Trans-N I H GeroScience Interest Group logo Join more than 50 renowned scientists in geroscience, an interdisciplinary field that aims to understand the relationship between aging and age-related diseases, as they discuss inflammation, adaptation to stress, epigenetics and regulatory RNA, metabolism, macromolecular damage, proteostasis, and stem cells and regeneration. The session will kick off with plenary talks by NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins; Dr. Brian Kennedy, president and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging; Dr. Linda Fried, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University; and Dr. Christopher Murray, professor of Global Aging at the University of Washington.

    The summit program was developed by the Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG), with logistical support from the Alliance for Aging Research and the Gerontological Society of America.

    The objectives of the summit are:

    • To use the foundational concepts of geroscience to understand basic cellular and molecular underpinnings of aging as a principal risk factor for a variety of chronic diseases
    • To explore common mechanisms governing relationships between aging and chronic diseases
    • To identify new pathways for research collaboration

    Register now!

    Learn more at:

  • September 30, 2013

    B-W Scholars logoOn July 14-19, 2013, 31 early- and mid-career scientists gathered on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD, for an intensive learning experience about the ins and outs of research on aging. Sponsored by the NIA Office of Special Populations, the annual Summer Institute on Aging Research creates excitement about aging research among scientists from a wide range of backgrounds and provides them with insight and skills to succeed. Since 1986, the NIA has hosted the training institute every summer to help build the pipeline for the future biomedical research workforce.

    NIA senior staff and grantees shared with participants how to design strong projects and put together competitive grant applications. They also described some of the challenges associated with being a professional scientist and finding a work-life balance. The participants even participated in a mock study section, during which they acted as grant reviewers, discussing the merits of research proposals and determining what projects they would (hypothetically) fund. In addition, Summer Institute participants received personalized feedback about their project proposals and career guidance tailored to their experience and research interests.

    One participant noted, “The NIA Summer Institute on Aging was truly an outstanding training experience…The feedback I received will greatly help to steer the direction of my work at this critical juncture of my project and overall career.”

    At the program’s closing, NIA Director Dr. Richard J. Hodes announced that the NIA Summer Institute on Aging Research would be renamed the Butler-Williams Scholars Program in honor of NIA’s first two directors—the late Drs. Robert N. Butler and T. Franklin Williams.

    Dr. Butler, who came to NIA as its founding director in 1974, built the framework for a broad research endeavor in basic, clinical, and behavioral and social research that remains the core of NIA’s research program today. Dr. Williams joined NIA in 1983 and developed and further expanded these visionary programs. He established the Summer Institute, recognizing the importance of cultivating scientists and ideas.

    “Both of these leaders recognized the importance of the future pipeline of researchers in aging and were devoted to assuring a diverse scientific workforce,” noted NIA Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard, who, in collaboration with Dr. Chyren Hunter, the NIA training officer, directed this year’s Institute.

    To learn more about the Butler-Williams Scholars Program:

  • September 30, 2013

    Inside N I A, A Blog for ResearchersLaunched in May 2013, Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers is gaining subscribers and becoming a must-read NIA resource in just a few short months. With weekly posts on NIA funding policy and priorities, tips for grant-seekers, and program highlights, the blog has been getting lots of attention. It has been highlighted by Sally Rockey, director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research, and others in discussions of NIH funding and science administration.

    Dr. Robin Barr, director of NIA’s Division of Extramural Activities, co-manages the blog and has authored a number of posts. “The blog answers common questions about funding and the NIA budget, and draws more attention to NIA scientific resources,” he noted. “During this challenging budget time, we are finding that it’s an especially good way to engage with the research community in a transparent and responsive way.”

    If you are a grant applicant, have an application in mind, or are a friend of the NIA, the blog has information on topics that matter to you. Do you have thoughts about topics that should be covered or other ways in which NIA should be reaching out to the research community? Please let us know by subscribing and taking the time to submit a blog comment.

    Sign up now to get Inside NIA in your inbox or get the feed for your RSS reader, and join the conversation!

  • September 4, 2013

    Cartoon of four people in conversation.

    Will you join us in Bethesda, Maryland this coming October 30 and 31 to talk about aging research in a new way?

    The Trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG), with the support of the Alliance for Aging Research and the Gerontological Society of America, has organized a major meeting for scientists studying aging as a risk factor for most chronic diseases. We hope you’ll be able to attend. The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration closes soon.

    Ron Kohanski, Deputy Director of NIA's Division of Aging Biology, provides details about the meeting in a new blog post: Register today for the upcoming NIH Geroscience Summit!

    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.

  • August 28, 2013

    The NIA recently created a publicly available database to help coordinate and plan Alzheimer’s research, the International Alzheimer’s Disease Research Portfolio (IADRP). Pronounce it: “eye drop.” Laurie Ryan, a Program Director in NIA's Division of Neuroscience explains this new tool and how scientists and others in the research community can use it to identify funders, find collaborators, and search for gaps that may need to be addressed.

    Read the full blog post: IADRP: search for funded research projects in Alzheimer's disease

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  • August 26, 2013

    The Summer 2013 issue of Connections, the e-newsletter from NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, is now available!

    In the latest issue:

    • Read about Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome and how research in this area may help scientists learn about Alzheimer’s in other groups
    • Learn about non-Alzheimer’s dementias and a workshop at NIH covering research into vascular, frontotemporal, and other dementias
    • Find out about delirium, what it means for cognitive health in older adults, and ways to better treat the condition
    • Check out the latest NIA-funded research results related to Alzheimer’s and cognitive health
    • Browse a list of clinical trials now recruiting

    Want to get future issues of Connections and other Alzheimer’s and aging research news by e-mail? Sign up today! Or follow us on Twitter @Alzheimers_NIH.

  • August 21, 2013

    Cartoon of four people in conversation.In recent years, the National Institute on Aging has made a large share of awards in September. Robin Barr, director of the Division of Extramural Activities, explains why and what’s being done to untangle the traffic jam. One solution—grant recycling.

    Read the full blog post: Recycling: not just a good thing for the environment

    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.