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Are you jazzed about GSA?

Dr. Marie Bernard
Deputy Director,
Office of the Director (OD)

Are you ready to let the good times roll in New Orleans at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)? We’re looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in the Big Easy. We also hope that you’ll take the opportunity to connect with NIA staff at the meeting, during scientific sessions, and in the Exhibit Hall.

The view from the top: Sessions with NIA senior staff

We are excited to host two major sessions on Friday, November 18. These sessions provide excellent opportunities to hear about what’s going on at NIA and to ask questions of senior NIA staff.

  • A New Lens on the National Institutes of Health—Funding Opportunities for Early-Career Scientists – 2:30–4:00p.m., Grand Ballroom A (Sheraton)

If you’re new to the field of aging research and want to learn more about the NIA and NIH grants process, this session is for you! I’ll moderate this symposium, which will feature NIA Director Richard Hodes and leadership of all of our program divisions. We’ll focus on the needs of new and early-stage investigators with a review of extramural research programs and initiatives, training and fellowship programs, funding opportunities and the NIH grants review process.

This year, we’re featuring a “speed-networking” activity during this session. Junior investigators will be able to meet one-on-one with program staff from each of NIA’s divisions, as well as the Office of Special Populations and the Division of Extramural Activities. You’ll be able to ask questions about specific applications and can get direct feedback from staff. Of course, as with speed dating, there will be a limited time for each individual interaction. However, in contrast to speed dating, we can guarantee an opportunity for follow-up if your issue isn’t fully addressed in the time allowed. It’s a great way to get to know NIA program staff and learn more about how the NIA works!

  • NIA Symposium for Established Researchers—A Chat with NIA Senior Leadership – 4:30–6:00p.m., Grand Ballroom A (Sheraton)

Come chat with us! This Friday afternoon symposium is designed to engage well-established investigators by providing an update from NIA staff on research programs and initiatives. It’s also designed to provide a forum for discussion between the research community and NIA senior staff. I’ll moderate the session, and Richard Hodes will provide an overview of the current NIA budget, information about the Alzheimer’s disease bypass budget, and the NIA pay lines. Representatives from NIA’s extramural divisions will be there to respond to your questions about policies, trends, and future priorities and research directions. Come prepared with questions, as most of the time is for interaction!

Other NIA sessions

Many members of NIA’s intramural and program staff are also presenting papers and posters at the meeting. NIA staff are participating in these GSA symposia:

  • Health Disparities Research with the National Institute on Aging – Thursday, November 17, 8:30–10:00a.m., Studio 7 (Marriott)
  • Mobility from Head to Ankle: New Findings from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging – Thursday, November 17, 1:30–3:00p.m., Studio 2 (Marriott)
  • New Insights into the Role of Fatigability in the Disablement Pathway (Presidential Symposium) – Thursday, November 17, 3:30p.m.–5:00p.m., Mardi Gras Salon F-H (Marriott)
  • Methods for Interpreting Physical Activity Data in Older Adults: One Size Does Not Fit All (Measurement, Statistics, and Research Design Special Interest Group Session) – Friday, November 18, 4:30–6:00p.m., Galerie 6 (Marriott)
  • Nutritional Interventions in Aging: Healthspan and Disease Vulnerability – Saturday, November 19, 8:00–9:30a.m. Galerie 3 (M)

Connect with NIA in the Exhibit Hall

Finally, please make sure to stop by the NIA exhibit in Booth #210. The Exhibit Hall opens with the welcome reception on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. NIA staff will also be at the booth on Thursday from noon to 5:00 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We’ll have the latest publications for patients and research information from NIA for you to take home, information about recently released Alzheimer’s disease concepts and funding opportunity announcements, as well as congenial staff to answer your questions about NIA funding, outreach opportunities, and more.

I hope to see you there!