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Watch for NIA at AAIC in the City of Angels!

Eliezer Masliah
Eliezer MASLIAH,
Division of Neuroscience (DN)

The stars of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research will be out next week at the 2019 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), July 14-18 (with preconference events starting July 11) in Los Angeles. It’s always exciting to join my colleagues in the global community of scientists, clinicians, advocacy organizations and health care professionals seeking progress in dementia research at AAIC. I look forward to hearing about and sharing innovative findings, technologies and strategies that support our goal of treating and preventing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Find NIA staff in the Exhibit Hall and beyond

Booth 705, Exhibit Hall

NIA leadership and staff are participating in several sessions, so keep an eye out for us if you want to touch base. A broad contingent of NIA program staff will be on hand, including representatives from the Divisions of Neuroscience, Extramural Activities, and Behavioral and Social Research, as well as the Offices of Small Business Research and Communications. We will rotate through exhibit booth 705 Sunday through Wednesday, so please stop by to ask questions or connect with us.

Don’t miss these events!

If you’re interested in NIA and NIH funding for projects and/or career support, here are a few key sessions to add to your calendar:

Thursday, July 11 and Friday, July 12
2nd NIA-Alzheimer’s Association (AA) Symposium: Enabling Precision Medicine for Alzheimer’s Disease through Open Science
JW Marriott LA, Platinum Ballroom

The NIA-AA Symposium spotlights several research and translational infrastructure programs focused on open-science collaboration in frontiers of Alzheimer’s research. Topics of discussion will include:

  • AMP AD Target Discovery Program: Progress and Future Prospects
  • MODEL-AD Consortium: Precision Medicine Approach to Animal Models Development and Preclinical Efficacy Testing
  • Predictors of Alzheimer’s disease Risk and Resilience and Responsiveness to Treatment: Sex Differences and the Rise of the Microbiome
  • Molecular Mechanisms of the Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease
  • Precision Medicine Approach in Clinical Research: Special Populations, Diversity and Data Sharing

Friday, July 12, 1 – 5 p.m.
Health Disparities in Alzheimer’s Research – Methodological Considerations
Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, Hollywood Room

Dr. Cerise Elliott, Program Director in our Division of Neuroscience and Dr. Carl V. Hill, Director of NIA’s Office of Special Populations, will serve as co-moderators of this session, which will highlight research methods focusing on health disparities in Alzheimer’s disease. Presentations and accompanying discussions will provide important research approaches for addressing health disparities over the life course and in late life.

Saturday, July 13, 10:25 a.m.
Technology and Dementia
Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, Wilshire Grand 1

NIA’s Office of Small Business Research Chief Dr. Todd Haim will discuss “NIA Funding Opportunities and Resources to Support Tech Development Focused on Dementia” at this preconference workshop. Email the Office of Small Business Research with questions or to set up a meeting to discuss your research ideas.

Sunday, July 14, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Federal Dementia Research: Priorities and Opportunities for Funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 408B

The session is sponsored by the International Society to Advance Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment (ISTAART). Seating and lunch are available on a first-come, first-served basis; priority seating is reserved for ISTAART members. NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes and NIA Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard will join me and several other colleagues to describe federal priorities and funding opportunities in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research. The session will include time for one-on-one consultations on research and career development grants with NIA program staff and scientific review officers.

Safe travels and see you there!

I hope you’ll take the time to stop and chat with NIA and NIH staff at booth #705 in the Exhibit Hall, or at the various presentations, poster sessions, and gatherings. You can also keep up with the latest AAIC-related NIA news and info by following @NIHAging or tracking #AAIC19 on Twitter. We look forward to joining colleagues, students, mentors, and advocates to see the stars of Alzheimer’s research shine in LA!


Submitted by Rose Sakamoto on July 10, 2019

Am interested to know more of current research in LA that I can become involved. Is there funding grants ongoing for such research?
Thank you.

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