Research consortium including NIH proposes diagnostic criteria for sarcopenia
April 15, 2014
Sarcopenia, a loss of muscle mass often associated with weakness, is a commonly recognized cause of disability in older people. However, without consensus on ways to specifically measure this condition, the development of interventions for...
Blog post - percentiling of grant applications
April 9, 2014
Different kinds of NIA grant applications receive different kinds of scores when they are reviewed. Some applications get a percentile rank, while others get a priority score. Dr. Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities,...
NIH researchers identify new gene mutation associated with ALS and dementia
April 7, 2014
A rare mutation in a gene involved in RNA metabolism, which is part of the control mechanism determining protein synthesis within the cell, has been linked with development of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This finding, from a...
Blog post - a valuable data resource: Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging
April 2, 2014
The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, or BLSA, is one of the world’s longest running studies of aging. Started in 1958, the BLSA enrolls healthy volunteers ages 20 years and older and follows them longitudinally—for life. The BLSA...
Blog post - funding policy and budget update
March 26, 2014
The NIA updated its 2014 funding policy on March 20. In a new blog post, Robin Barr, director of the NIA Division of Extramural Activities, describes the funding policy, paylines, success rates, and how this year's funding compares to previous...
NIHSeniorHealth.gov offers comprehensive information on end of life
March 26, 2014
A new Web resource from the National Institutes of Health is aimed at helping people address a sensitive subject—the end of life. The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module...
NIH researchers find basal forebrain controls decision-making speed in rodents
March 26, 2014
Neural activity in the basal forebrain (BF) leads to a faster and more precise response to reward-based stimuli in rats, report Irene Avila and Shih-Chieh Lin of the National Institute on Aging at NIH, in the March 18, 2014 issue of PLOS Biology....
Blog post - coming to the US to do science at NIA intramural
March 19, 2014
Postdoctoral fellow Davide Guerrieri left Italy three years ago to start his research fellowship at the National Institute on Aging labs in Baltimore, Maryland. "Doing science, living abroad, and learning how to speak and think in a new...
NIH urges older Americans to protect their kidneys
March 13, 2014
In recognition of World Kidney Day 2014 on March 13, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health remind older Americans about the...
Researchers find association between abnormal tau and damaged brain cell DNA
March 6, 2014
Scientists have identified a possible cellular mechanism triggered by oxidative stress and DNA damage that is linked to tau, a protein commonly seen in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease and certain other neurodegenerative diseases...