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GSA 2020: From the comfort of your own home

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

I will truly miss seeing so many of you in person at this year’s Gerontological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting November 4−7! Still, the virtual event is sure to be packed with many inspiring talks and collaborations to address the most pressing challenges in aging research, care, and supports. A silver lining is that there will hopefully be many more people participating, as the need for travel is not a barrier. NIA staff will be on hand as usual to answer your questions and share information on funding opportunities and training for emerging researchers. We’ll be none the wiser if you’re in slippers and sweatpants when we connect!

This year’s theme is “Turning 75: Why Aging Matters,” in celebration of GSA’s 75th anniversary. Join me, NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D., and other NIA staff at the sessions highlighted below. And don’t forget to visit the NIA virtual booth to learn about our new materials, resources, and initiatives.

Following is the schedule of NIA staff presentations:

Wednesday, November 4
11:30 a.m.12:15 p.m. ET: Opening Plenary Session
Richard Hodes and I will speak as part of this session.

Thursday, November 5
1:452:30 p.m. ET: Why Age and Aging Research Matter: A Chat with NIA Senior Leadership

  • Overview of session and update on NIH activities related to Inclusion Across the Lifespan — Marie A. Bernard, M.D.
  • Highlights of NIA Research — Richard Hodes
  • Open Funding Opportunities, including COVID-19 research — Ken Santora, Ph.D.
  • Live Q & A with Drs. Hodes, Bernard, Hadley, Kohanski, Masliah, Nielsen, and Santora

2:353:15 p.m. ET: Complementary and Integrated Studies of Longevity and Healthy Aging
Evan Hadley, M.D., director of the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology at NIA

3:454:30 p.m. ET: Why Age and Aging Research Matter: For Early-Career Researchers

  • Welcome & Overview — Richard Hodes
  • How to Get an NIA Grant — Ken Santora
  • The Butler-Williams Scholars Program and Early-Career Researchers — Patricia Jones, Dr.PH., M.P.H., M.S.
  • Live Q & A with Drs. Bernard, Jones, and Santora

3:454:30 p.m. ET: Building National Capacity for Dementia Caregiving Research: The NIA Edward R. Roybal Centers

Lisa Onken, Ph.D., director of the behavior change intervention program in NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research

In addition, since there’s no travel involved, we hope you’ll also be able to make this preconference workshop:

Monday, November 2
9:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. ET: Access to Care for Diverse Communities with Cognitive Impairments hosted by the Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMARs)

Melissa Gerald, Ph.D., and Elena Fazio, Ph.D., of NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research

Visit our booth to learn about new NIA materials and resources!

NIA is proud of our popular consumer publications to communicate evidence-based health information to the public — both in print and online. Don’t forget to visit our virtual booth to chat with staff and learn about new resources for older adults, clinicians, and researchers. “See” you there!

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