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On the road again! Join NIA in Maine Nov. 7 for our regional meeting for investigators

Dr. Marie Bernard
Marie A. BERNARD,
Deputy Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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We know that travel budgets are tight for many researchers, especially for students and junior faculty. To help, we enjoy taking the NIA show on the road to meet face to face with scientists who are conducting research to better understand aging from a range of perspectives and disciplines. Our next stop is the NIA Director’s Regional Meeting on Aging Research at the University of Southern Maine on November 7 in Portland, ME. We are grateful to Dr. Cliff Rosen and colleagues for hosting the event.

NIA will offer a full day of presentations, one-on-one discussions, and answers to questions about funding opportunities, the outlook ahead, and recent scientific progress. Much of the day’s program will be of special importance to those new to the field of aging research. All participants will be invited to share comments, ideas, and concerns.

The value of face time

In this digital age, the entire world seems to be just a click away, but there’s no substitute for an energetic in-person discussion. My colleagues and I truly look forward to these opportunities each year to journey “outside the beltway” to participate in meaningful dialogue with so many stellar researchers who teach us so much about what is happening at the regional level.

An all-star NIA lineup

In addition to Dr. Richard Hodes and myself, all of NIA’s extramural program division directors will be on hand in Maine, including:

During the morning session, we’ll outline the NIH grant application process along with current NIA priorities, and division leaders will present updates about their respective scientific areas. Two breakout sessions in the afternoon will offer a chance for participants to ask specific questions about NIA's research divisions and programs, training, and small business innovation research and technology transfer programs.

Register now to attend!

There is no fee to attend this meeting, but participants should register online in advance. Attendees are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

My colleagues and I look forward to connecting with you next month in the Pine Tree State!

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