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Watch as it happens, live! Tune in to the NIA Council webcast

Dr. Robin Barr
Robin BARR,
Director, DEA,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)

Check out the Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging’s first meeting of 2015. You can watch it online, January 28, from 8:00 AM to about 1:15 PM EST. 

What do I need to know?

Here are the agenda and meeting materials. Here’s the link to the live videocast [Editor's Note: This link is no longer active. The archived webcast of the NIA Council meeting is available.] Some examples of what will happen during this meeting include NIA’s Director, Richard Hodes giving a status and budget report; Kevin High presenting the Council’s Working Group on Program; and Ana Maria Cuervo providing updates from the Task Force on Minority Aging Research. Starting at 10:15 AM EST, you’ll get to listen to the following scientific experts provide highlights of some of their significant research.

  • Bradley Hyman: Tau Propagation and Alzheimer Progression
  • Howard Neil Hodis: Testing the Menopausal Hormone Therapy Timing Hypothesis with Early versus Late Intervention Trial with Estradiol (ELITE)
  • Rozalyn Anderson: Metabolism of Aging and Age-related Disease Vulnerability
  • Johannes Haushofer: The Psychology and Behavioral Economics of Poverty 

Remind me. What does NIA’s Council do?

Like other NIH Institutes', NIA’s Council is a committee of experts that meets three times a year to advise our organization. When it meets, NIA’s Council—the National Advisory Council on Aging or NACA:

  • reviews the performance of NIA Divisions and programs
  • considers concepts for new initiatives or programs and decides whether to approve them
  • hears brief reports from NIA grantees about research breakthroughs and new developments in aging, including Alzheimer’s disease, research
  • provides second level review of applications for NIA, in a closed session

And, why does this matter to me?

Although NACA members don’t make final approvals, their advice and direction is very closely heeded. By paying attention to NACA meetings you can learn more about:

  • the NIA budget for research in 2015 and 2016
  • new areas of research or new kinds of grants that the NIA is planning to fund
  • plans for addressing policy issues—like tightening budgets—across NIH

We hope you will join us online. And, if you are in Bethesda, Maryland, of course, you are welcome to come in person to our open session. And, if you are interested you can click here for links to past NACA meetings.

If you participate—in person or online—let us know what you think. Was the information helpful? Did the research highlights stimulate any new ideas? Comment here. We are always listening.


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