You're invited! - Regional meeting for investigators in Denver Nov. 8
On November 8, I will be traveling to Denver, along with several NIA senior staff, for the NIA Director’s Regional Meeting on Aging Research, this time taking place at the University of Colorado, Denver. The meeting is part of our continuing effort to meet communities around the country who have a commitment to the problems of aging and the potential of aging research to address them. During the day-long meeting, we will describe current funding opportunities for researchers, particularly those who may be new to the field of aging research and/or those interested in health disparities research.
We know that travel funds are short for too many researchers, and that is particularly true for students and junior faculty. But we hope this meeting will attract researchers throughout the region. We have found these regional sessions to be a great way for us to reach out and engage with you in your own setting, “outside the Beltway” and beyond e-mail and websites. I’m looking forward to being there for productive conversations with participants about new opportunities in the field of aging research.
An all-star NIA lineup for this road trip
Each of NIA’s extramural divisions will be represented, providing a direct opportunity to speak with our team about your specific area of research. Scheduled to join me in Denver are:
- Marie A. Bernard, M.D., NIA Deputy Director
- Robin Barr, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities
- John Haaga, Ph.D., Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research
- Ron Kohanski, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Division of Aging Biology
- Evan Hadley, M.D., Director, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology
- Eliezer Masliah, M.D., Director, Division of Neurosciences
- Carl V. Hill, Ph.D., Director, Office of Special Populations
In the morning session, we’ll outline the NIH grant application process. We’ll share information about current NIA priorities, and each division leader will discuss activities of their respective divisions. Two breakout sessions in the afternoon will offer a forum for participants to ask specific questions related to the NIA's research divisions and programs, training, and small business innovation research and technology transfer programs.
A focus on the needs of Native populations
We are pleased to be the guests of Dr. Spero Manson, director of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, and associate dean of research in the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center. He oversees the activities of several national centers focused on research, program development, training, and collaboration with 250 Native communities in rural, reservation, urban, and village settings across the country. The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health is supported by NIA through the NIA-funded Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) network.
Dr. Manson and Dr. Hill, director of our Office Special Populations, will lead a panel discussion on how NIA can help stimulate health disparities research related to aging and engage Native investigators in our research activities. We know there are a several barriers to participation in biomedical research, including geographically remote locations, historical resistance to U.S. government agencies, and socioeconomic circumstances. We hope that Native American scholars in particular will take advantage of this opportunity to hear about our research interests first hand and provide valuable feedback on how we can structure our activities to meet the needs of their communities.
Another key focus of our visit is to make sure that the excitement around increased funding for research on Alzheimer’s and related dementias is experienced by as broad a community of scientists as we can reach. We have a unique opportunity with increased public investment to move closer to better prevention and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and now is the time for investigators to move the field forward with creativity, innovation, and inclusiveness.
If you plan to attend
There is no fee to attend this meeting, but participants should register online in advance. Participants, however, must pay for their own travel and lodging. The link to travel instructions (PDF, 496K) is here.
I encourage you to attend this meeting to hear about the NIA and our many training and research opportunities and for us to hear from you about the best ways to bring increased diversity into the research enterprise, among the scientific workforce and for all the communities of older people that we serve. I look forward to seeing you next month.