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Find NIA at AGS!

Dr. Marie Bernard
Marie A. BERNARD [Former NIA Staff],
Deputy Director,
Office of the Director (OD)

We’re excited about participating in the upcoming annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, May 14–17 at National Harbor, just outside of Washington, DC. And, we’re hoping to see many of you at the sessions featuring NIA staff, who will be talking about research funded and conducted by NIA, as well as funding opportunities and applying for grants. A highlight this year includes an address by NIA Director Richard Hodes highlighting the progress and future of aging research and its benefits for the practice community.

Please add these sessions to your schedule in the conference app. Or, print this out to bring with you to the meeting.

Friday, May 15

NIA Symposium for Senior Researchers – A Conversation with the NIA Senior Leadership

7:30 – 9:00 a.m., National Harbor 4/5

Want to learn more about current NIA funding and future priorities and research directions? Join me and Jerry Gurwitz, chair of the AGS Research Committee, in a dialog between the research community and NIA leadership. Other NIA participants include John Haaga, Division of Behavioral and Social Research; Tony Phelps, Division of Neuroscience; Felipe Sierra, Division of Aging Biology; Evan Hadley, Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology; and Robin Barr, Division of Extramural Activities. Read the full session description and add to your conference schedule.


NIA Research: Helping Geriatricians from the Bench to the Bedside

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Potomac A/B

What are the clinical applications of aging research? NIA Director Richard Hodes will give an overview of the breadth of NIA research and highlight its impact, not only on the aging population, but also on those who care for older people. Come hear about the emerging new field of geroscience; a discussion of health threats to our growing aging population posed by Alzheimer’s, physical frailty and disability, and multiple chronic conditions; and Institute initiatives and support to address them. Read the full session description and add to your conference schedule.


Getting to Know the National Institute on Aging: A Symposium for Go‑Getters in Aging Research

2:45 – 4:15 p.m., Chesapeake D-F

If you’re new to the field of aging research and want to learn more about the NIA and NIH grants process, this is the session for you! I will also moderate this symposium, along with Richard Hodes and Robin Barr from NIA and George Kuchel from the UConn Center on Aging. We’ll focus on the needs of new and early-stage investigators with a review of NIA extramural research programs and initiatives, funding and training opportunities, and the NIH grants review process. Come and meet NIA program staff from our four extramural divisions. Don’t miss this chance for one-on-one interaction. Read the full session description and add to your conference schedule.


Saturday, May 16

Improving the Health and Healthcare of Older Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions

12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Potomac A/B

About 75 percent of people 65-plus have two or more chronic conditions which significantly affect their health and well-being. This symposium targets clinicians, researchers, and others interested in improving health care delivery for those living with multiple chronic conditions. NIA’s Marcel Salive co-moderates this session, which will focus on the importance of patient-reported outcomes, new data sources to inform clinical practice, and new care models to meet the complex needs of these patients. Read the full session description and add to your conference schedule.


What Should be the Role of Geriatricians in the Geroscience Initiative: Leaders, Collaborators, Consultants or Observers?

12:30 – 2:00 p.m., National Harbor 4/5

“Geroscience” is the intersection of aging and chronic disease. What are the common biological mechanisms that might underlie the pathology of the many chronic diseases for which aging is a major risk factor? The NIH Geroscience Initiative is investigating this question, led by the Trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group. Ron Kohanski, of NIA’s Division of Aging Biology, will discuss what we’re doing in this exciting new area of research and describe opportunities to translate basic biological discoveries into potential clinical applications. Read the full session description and add to your conference schedule.


Sunday, May 17

Multimorbidity in Cardiovascular Disease: Proceedings of an ACC/AGS/NIA Workshop

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Maryland C/D

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but it doesn’t occur in isolation. This symposium will summarize the proceedings of a 2-day workshop attended by leaders and key stakeholders in cardiology and geriatrics. Presenters will explore critical knowledge gaps and unmet needs related to managing heart disease and multiple chronic conditions in older adults. NIA expert Marcel Salive will participate as a presenter in this session. Read the full session description and add to your conference schedule.


Friday and Saturday—visit NIA staff in the Exhibit Hall

Last, but not least, be sure to stop by the NIA Exhibit in Booth #219 at some point during the meeting. The Exhibit Hall is open on Friday from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. We’ll have the latest publications for patients and other research information from NIA for you to take home, as well as friendly staff to answer your questions about NIA funding, research priorities, outreach opportunities, and more.


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