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See you at AGS in the Lone Star State!

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

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.

Thursday sessions

NIA is participating in two major sessions on Thursday, May 18. These are great opportunities to hear first-hand what’s going on at NIA and to ask questions of senior NIA staff. Please mark these sessions in your program guide, and join us next week.

NIA 101 – Introduction to the National Institute on Aging for Early-Stage Researchers

Thursday, May 18, 7:30 – 9 a.m., Room 301

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’ll moderate this symposium and provide an overview of the NIH funding process. Dr. Robin Barr, director of NIA’s Division of Extramural Activities, will guide you through the NIA funding mechanisms; Dr. Caroline S. Blaum, director of the Division of Geriatrics at NYU School of Medicine, will provide the Center for Scientific Review study section perspective; and the early-career investigator perspective will be shared by Dr. Peter Abadir, associate professor of medicine at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

We’ll also have information about training and fellowships, particularly those for physician-scientists. Following the formal presentations, you’ll have the chance to meet program staff from our extramural divisions. They can answer your specific questions. Don’t miss this chance to be enlightened, or at least informed!

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

Thursday, May 18, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Room 301

We planned this symposium to offer a forum for discussion between the research community and NIA senior staff. We’ll also strive to meet the needs of established investigators by providing an update from NIA staff on research programs and initiatives. I’ll start the session with an overview of the current NIA budget, information about the Alzheimer’s disease bypass budget, and the NIA pay lines. Then, Dr. Laura C. Hanson, professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and I will moderate a question and answer session. Senior staff from NIA’s extramural divisions will be there to respond to your questions about particular policies, trends, and future priorities and research directions.

Other notable sessions

Self-Management of Pain in Older Adults: Addressing the National Pain Strategy through Science and Application Saturday, May 20, 12:45 – 2:15 p.m., Room 301

This symposium will focus on different methods by which older adults can manage their pain. Panel member Dr. Basil Eldadah of NIA’s Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology will describe NIA’s overall funding process, Alzheimer’s-related policies, and updates on pain-initiatives and interest in nonpharmacologic approaches as they relate to pain and other common conditions that affect older adults.

Visit NIA staff in the Exhibit Hall

Finally, please make sure to stop by the NIA Exhibit in Booth #503. The Exhibit Hall is open on Thursday from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m. We’ll have the latest publications for patients and research information from NIA for you to take home, as well as friendly staff to answer questions about NIA funding, outreach opportunities, and more.

We hope to see you there!


For those of you who read last week’s blog post about the upcoming workshop on including older and younger participants in clinical studies, the Request for Information (RFI) on this topic is now online. Please feel free to submit your comments on this topic to the RFI site.