National study reports decreased dementia prevalence
December 5, 2016
Dementia prevalence among Americans age 65 and older decreased significantly between 2000 and 2012, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on November 21, 2016. Results from the nationally representative Health and Retirement Study...
Identifying brain networks that keep memory skills youthful in cognitive “superagers”
November 4, 2016
Older adults with above average memory skills for their age—so-called cognitive "superagers"—have distinct differences in brain networks compared to their cognitively normal peers. NIA-funded researchers identified two brain...
Director’s Regional Meeting on Aging Research, Atlanta
September 28, 2016
SAVE THE DATE – Thursday, October 20, 2016 The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health is partnering with the Morehouse School of Medicine to convene a regional workshop. This will be an opportunity to discuss...
Identifying mechanisms that may keep memories sharp in the aging brain
September 23, 2016
New stem cells in the dentate gyrus section of the hippocampus—the brain structure responsible for memory and learning—grow and integrate with existing cells to make memories stronger and more precise. The new cells compete for space...
HHS takes steps to provide more information about clinical trials to the public
September 20, 2016
On Sept. 16, 2016, in an effort to make information about clinical trials widely available to the public, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule specifying requirements for registering and reporting summary...
NIA boosts Alzheimer’s research network with two new centers
September 19, 2016
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH is pleased to announce two new additions to its Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program—a network of researchers and clinicians developing and sharing new approaches and findings to speed...
NIH award expands landmark Alzheimer’s biomarker study
September 8, 2016
The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI)—the long-running National Institutes of Health-supported study investigating brain and fluid biomarkers of the disease—enters a new phase of discovery with the launch of ADNI3....
People at genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease to test prevention drugs
August 23, 2016
The two biggest risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease—age and carrying a risk gene—can’t be changed. But what if people could do something to counteract those risks and possibly tip the balance in their favor? A...
Pointing the way forward in geroscience
August 17, 2016
Do people get disease from aging or are certain aspects of aging caused by disease? This is one of the central questions of geroscience, an emerging field in aging research. The question is explored and elaborated on in a special issue of the...
Fiscal year 2018 bypass budget for Alzheimer’s and related dementias available online
August 1, 2016
A new report prepared by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH at the request of Congress—Stopping Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Advancing Our Nation's Research Agenda—is now available online. It outlines...