Spotlight on Aging Research

November 2014 | E-alert sign-up
 News and Notes from the National Institute on Aging


Dr. Richard Hodes

NIA Director's welcome, Fall 2014 funding update

Welcome to Spotlight on Aging Research – SOAR – NIA’s electronic update on Institute and NIH activities. In addition to providing the latest on budget and funding, SOAR features scientific priorities, highlights research findings, presents funding opportunities, and more.

Feature articles

Dr. Evan Hadley

A conversation with…Evan Hadley

Evan Hadley, director of NIA’s Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, talks about NIA’s past, present, and future efforts in the area of clinical research.
Dr. Marie Bernard at the Butler-Williams Scholars workshop

Largest group ever attends Butler-Williams Scholars Program

Watch a special video about the week-long program for early- and mid-career researchers as they learned about NIA funding opportunities and the grants application process.
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Go4Life exercise and physical activity campaign at three

Check out the new Go4Life® website and get the latest news about NIA’s national exercise and physical activity campaign for older people.
3 generations of African American males

Fostering Alzheimer’s brain donation among African Americans

Learn how education and relationship-building can bolster research participation.
Caregiver speaking at the N A P A caregiver meeting

National Alzheimer’s council hears challenges of dementia caregivers

Learn how the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease will support caregivers.

Funding news


Looking for current funding opportunities? Check here for a list of NIA funding opportunities and announcements. A list of recently awarded NIA grants is also available. In addition, read a special article about how to find and apply for administrative supplements for health disparities research.

Each of NIA's four extramural research divisions offers guidance about the scientific focus of their programs, as well as funding opportunities in their specific research areas. Find information on studies in: biology, social and behavioral aspects of aging, geriatrics and clinical gerontology, and neuroscience (including Alzheimer’s disease).

NIA happenings

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Catch up with updates on staff awards and other news.

Research highlights, press releases

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Read all about it! Recent findings from NIA supported, conducted research are highlighted.

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Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging