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Join Us for the NIA Council Meeting Tomorrow

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

If it’s September, it must be Council! It’s that time again! The public session of NIA’s National Advisory Council on Aging is taking place tomorrow starting at 8:00 a.m., Eastern time.

What do I need to know?

The meeting agenda and materials are available online. You can watch the archived videocast here: in a few days.

Highlights of the meeting include the status and budget report from NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes, the report from the Working Group on Program, and an update from the Task Force on Minority Aging Research. Our featured speaker at this Council meeting is Dr. Jon Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, who will discuss ways in which NIA and NIGMS can collaborate.

Speakers from our program divisions include:

  • Division of Aging Biology: Dr. Joseph Takahashi, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, “The importance of time in food- and caloric-restriction experiments in aging: A circadian perspective”
  • Division of Behavioral and Social Research: Dr. Daniel Benjamin, University of Southern California, “Using GWAS to identify genetic variants associated with educational attainment”
  • Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology: Dr. Steve Cummings, University of California, San Francisco, “Large cohort studies of aging – Aging sister and aging brother”
  • Division of Neuroscience: Dr. Sudha Seshadri, Boston University School of Medicine, “Epidemiology of cognitive aging and dementia: Insights from the Framingham Study”

The Advisory Council’s role

NIA’s Council is comprised of experts in aging research who meet three times a year to advise NIA in a number of areas. Among these are:

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

We hope you will join us online today or watch the videocast when it becomes available. If you’re interested, links to past NACA meetings are available on the NIA site.

Please let us know what you think. How can we improve Council? Was the information helpful? Did the research presentations stimulate any new ideas? Comment here. We’re always happy to hear from you.

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