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Posted on May 24, 2017 by Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging.

As you may know, the National Advisory Council on Aging met here in Bethesda last week. Among the many actions it took was the review and approval of seven new concepts for NIA Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). You can find brief summaries of the cleared concepts on our website. Read More

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Posted on May 17, 2017 by Felipe Sierra, Director, Division of Aging Biology.

Dr. Nancy Nadon, chief of DAB’s Biological Resources Branch, is retiring next month, and I undertake this writing with very mixed feelings. On one hand, I’m elated that Nancy will now be able to fully enjoy the benefits of retirement. But on the other hand, I’m sad to see such a fair-minded and accomplished colleague leave the NIA. Read More

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Posted on May 10, 2017 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

The wait was long—but the news is good! If you’ve been following events on Capitol Hill, you already know this. NIH has received a $2 billion increase in budget for this fiscal year, reflecting much-appreciated bipartisan support for biomedical research. NIA’s own budget received a monster $400 million boost for Alzheimer’s-related research, and our budget for other research areas increased at the same percentage rate as the NIH budget. Read More

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Posted on May 3, 2017 by Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging.

We’re excited about attending the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) on May 18–20 in San Antonio. We hope you’re looking forward to exploring the River Walk and sampling some authentic Tex-Mex food. We also hope that you’ll take the opportunity to connect with NIA staff at the meeting, during scientific sessions, and at the Exhibit Hall. Read More

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Posted on April 26, 2017 by Jaron Lockett, Scientific Program Analyst, Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation.

On June 1-2, 2017, the NIH will convene a workshop, “Inclusion Across the Lifespan,” in Bethesda, MD. Its goals are to broaden our understanding of the effect of age-related eligibility restrictions on clinical studies and trials, and to identify barriers and facilitators to the inclusion of volunteers of all ages in research. Read More

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Posted on April 19, 2017 by Molly Wagster, Chief, Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience Branch, Division of Neuroscience.

On April 6–7, 2017, almost 300 researchers and private foundation representatives attended the Cognitive Aging Summit III in Bethesda, Maryland. The themes for this Summit were cognitive and brain resilience and reserve. Over a day and a half, investigators from around the world delivered talks and discussed some of the most important issues facing the public as we seek to find ways to preserve or even improve cognitive function and brain health as we age.  Read More

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Posted on April 12, 2017 by Candace Kerr, Program Officer, Division of Aging Biology.

Stem-cell therapies or stem-cell-targeted treatments are being used in clinics across the country to treat a variety of diseases and conditions. The 21st Century Cures Act, which was enacted in December2016, includes the Regenerative Medicine Initiative which will help us better understand how clinicians may use stem cells safely and effectively in therapy.   Read More

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Posted on April 5, 2017 by Greg Bissonette, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch.

Did you know? NIA receives somewhere around 4,000 applications for funding in response to new and existing funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) each year. And, each application is reviewed. With that level of interest, you can imagine that we are always looking for investigators who are willing and able to serve as peer reviewers. Read More

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Posted on March 29, 2017 by Kimberly Kramer, NIH Guide Liaison, Division of Extramural Affairs.

As readers of this blog surely know, NIA publishes Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) in the NIH Guide to—you guessed it—announce new opportunities to apply for funding. We use FOAs to inform potential applicants of new initiatives ranging from traditional R01 research grants to large P50 center grants and national surveys. But have you stopped to think about where an FOA originates? Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at FOA development. Read More

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Posted on March 22, 2017 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

A recurring question from readers after I post a new funding line blog post is: Does that line apply to my application? It usually does, bringing good news to those blessed with applications within that line. The normal caution applies—the line means that we expect to pay awards. Still, the funding line doesn’t apply to everything. Read More

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Posted on March 15, 2017 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

In mid-January, I attended the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. This unique event—popularly referred to simply as Davos—connects international leaders in the private and public sectors—from government, business, and academia—to improve the global community. While “economics” is part of the meeting’s name, health, science, and technology were integral to the discussions. Read More

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