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Join NIA at GSA in Boston next week!

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

You don’t have to be a Red Sox fan—or even a baseball fan—to look forward to coming to Boston for the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America on November 14–18. This is your chance to talk with NIA staff and learn about funding opportunities, ask what might happen to your application, or just shoot the breeze. Many of us will be there, and we look forward to talking with and meeting you (and maybe having some clam chowder or a lobster roll).

This meeting gives us here at NIA a chance to connect and re-connect with current and potential grantees. In fact, we hope you will join NIA Director Richard Hodes, myself, and other NIA senior staff at two major sessions on Friday, November 16. These sessions, one specifically for early-career investigators and one for established researchers, will provide an overview of the exciting funding opportunities at NIA and give you a chance to ask us questions. So, mark your calendars and bring your inquiries.

Friday, November 16


  • NIA’s Support for Understanding the Purposes of Longer Lives—NIA/NIH Opportunities for Early-Career Scientists – Marie A. Bernard, Richard Hodes, Robin Barr


  • NIA Support for Understanding of the Purposes of Longer Lives—Symposium for Established Researchers – Marie A. Bernard, Richard Hodes, Eliezer Masliah, John Haaga, Felipe Sierra, Evan Hadley, Robin Barr

Join NIA Staff at Other Sessions

Several NIA staff will be participating in symposia throughout the meeting. If you haven’t already mapped out your conference agenda, we recommend that you add these to your schedule as well.

Wednesday, November 14 


  • Decline in Physical Resilience with Age – Felipe Sierra, Francesca Macchiarini


  • Advancing Geroscience: New Methods for Genomic Epidemiology of Aging – Luigi Ferrucci

Thursday, November 15


  • Perceived Physical and Mental Fatigability: New Insights into Contributors and Consequences – Eleanor Simonsick, Nancy Chiles Shaffer
  • Interest Group Session — Technology and Aging: The Collaborative Aging Research Using Technology (CART) Initiative: Technology Enabled Research for All – Nina Silverberg


  • Examining Factors Related to Recruitment and Retention in Aging Research with the National Institute on Aging – Cerise Elliott, Carl Hill, Elena Fazio
  • The Benefits and Challenges of Technology for Older Adults: Lessons from CREATE – Dana Plude
  • Predicting Older Adults’ Physical Resilience to Health Stressors: Test Paradigms for the Future – Basil Eldadah


  • Capturing Changes Over Time in Longer Lives in the Long Life Family Study – Nalini Raghavachari
  • Digging Deeper: Insights into Physical and Cognitive Health Using Novel Methods for Accelerometry and Function Perry Kuo, Eleanor Simonsick, Susan Resnick
  • Bridging Information across Research Enterprises: Novel Applications of Integrative Data Analysis in Gerontology – Nicole Armstrong

Friday, November 16


  • NIA Butler-Williams and ESPO Scientific Symposium: Health Disparity and Social Determinants of Health and Aging – Carl Hill
  • Racial and Ethnic Differences in Informal and Formal Caregiving for People with Dementia – Cerise Elliott
  • Enabling Reduction of Low-Grade Inflammation in Seniors: The ENRGISE Pilot Study – Barbara Radziszewska


  • Discrimination and Health Across the Life Course – Carl Hill


  • Assessing Multimorbidity: From Challenges to Solutions – Luigi Ferrucci, Marcel Salive

Saturday, November 17


  • The Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging: 60 Years Old and Better Than Ever – Luigi Ferrucci, Eleanor Simonsick, Nancy Chiles Shaffer, Qu Tian, Susan Resnick


  • Aging and Well-Being: Evidence from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project – Amelia Karraker
  • NIA Health Disparities Research Network: Approaches and Findings from Aging Biology Research – Carl Hill, Ronald Kohanski


  • The TAME Trial: A Prototype for Geroscience-Guided Therapeutics – Luigi Ferrucci

Sunday, November 18


  • Determination of Biological Age – Luigi Ferrucci

The NIA Exhibit

Last, but not least, be sure to stop by Booth #121 in the Exhibit Hall at some point during the meeting. The Exhibit Hall opens on Wednesday evening at 6:00 p.m. and will be open every day through 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. We’ll have the latest consumer publications and other research information from NIA for you to take home, as well as congenial staff to answer your questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!