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A sure sign of spring - The AGS annual meeting!

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

“In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love,” wrote the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. And so, here at NIA, our thoughts are lightly turning to the annual meeting of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). Not quite the same as the blissful excitement of young love, but interesting and important nonetheless. We’re looking forward to attending the meeting and hope to see you there, May 3–5, in Orlando, Florida.

As always, NIA and the AGS Research Committee are offering two symposia—one for junior researchers new to aging and one for senior researchers.

The ABCs of NIA Grantsmanship – for Early-Stage Researchers

The new researcher session is again in the first hour of the first day of the meeting – Thursday, May 3, from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m., in the Asia 5 Room. We look forward to seeing morning people and those who have loaded up on caffeine. I’ll start things off with a summary of some of the opportunities for funding of new investigators and projections of possible pay lines this fiscal year. Dr. Robin Barr of our Division of Extramural Activities will then tell you how to get an NIA grant. Dr. Caroline Blaum of the NYU Medical School will describe what it’s like to be on a review panel at NIH’s Center for Scientific Review. We’ll wind things up with the perspective of a member of the Junior Faculty Special Interest Group, Dr. Michael LaMantia of the University of Vermont.

Because of the more compressed time for sessions, the podium presentations will be quite brief, taking no more than 30 minutes total. In the second half of the hour, we’ll have small group discussions, organized into a range of topics, such as K awards, response to critique and the review process, and strategies for efficient use of time in communicating with program officers.

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

Later the same day, from 1:30–2:30 p.m., we’ll be back in the Asia 5 Room for our update for seasoned researchers. This symposium is intended for independently funded researchers and established investigators at a mid- to senior career level and will offer an update from NIA staff on research programs and initiatives.

This year, the session will start with three brief presentations. I’ll talk about what is coming in the near future—NIH policy requiring provision of individual level data on sex/gender, race/ethnicity, and age at enrollment for NIH-funded clinical studies; Dr. Basil Eldadah will follow with a discussion of what’s ongoing—changes in general to NIH clinical trials; and Dr. Robin Barr will talk about what has been—top errors seen in NIH/NIA applications. The remaining 40 to 45 minutes will be devoted to an NIA café: Small group discussions with various program staff, akin to what we’ve done over the years in the junior researcher session.

See you in the Exhibit Hall!

Finally, please make sure to stop by the NIA Exhibit in Booth #708. 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.

I look forward to seeing you in Orlando and hearing where your thoughts are lightly turning this spring.

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