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...
Eliezer Masliah to head NIA’s Division of Neuroscience
July 18, 2016
The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that Eliezer Masliah, M.D., a leader in Alzheimer’s disease research, has been appointed as the new director of the Institute’s Division of...
Brain scans offer insights into loss of money skills
July 12, 2016
Older adults are all too often easy targets for financial abuse, and those with Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disorders are especially vulnerable. To learn more about seniors’ financial skills, NIA-funded scientists are using...
Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather
July 11, 2016
Summer is here and it’s blazing hot! It is important to be aware of the health risks that higher temperatures can bring. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions are particularly susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-...