The late Mayor Ed Koch of New York used to roll down the back window of his limousine when he was stopped at an intersection and yell out to nearby pedestrians: “How’m I doin’?” After an initial startle, many of them would yell back congratulations, complaints, or both. When Koch died, the New York Post published a memorable cover with his photo and the banner headline: “Ya did fine!”
Harvey … Irma … Maria … hurricanes that won’t be forgotten any time soon. And, although they don’t have names, let’s not forget the Mexico City earthquake in September and the northern California wildfires in October. We know that the human, environmental, and economic costs of natural disasters are high. Older people face a number of challenges during natural disasters and we need to learn more about how to mitigate these challenges.
I’m excited to report to you that the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) study group, in collaboration with Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute and the University of California, San Francisco, announced that 16 years of anonymous data on 5,994 older men are now available online to any researcher worldwide who registers at the study website.
On November 8, I will be traveling to Denver, along with several NIA senior staff, for the NIA Director’s Regional Meeting on Aging Research, this time taking place at the University of Colorado, Denver. The meeting is part of our continuing effort to meet communities around the country who have a commitment to the problems of aging and the potential of aging research to address them.
If you’re a faithful reader of the blog, you may have noticed things looking a little different around here in the past couple of months. You’re not imagining things! You are, indeed, on a brand-new NIA website!
Now that we’re all back to work or back to school with the end of summer, I’d like to update you on some of the recent activities of NIA’s Office of Special Populations. We’re looking forward to a fall of funding opportunities and continued connections with you all to promote and support health disparities research related to aging.
CALERIE? Yes, CALERIE, not CALORIE. (And, yes, we do know how to spell here at NIA!) On September 7, 2017, NIA’s Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology and the CALERIE Research Network will host a workshop where information about datasets and stored biospecimens from the CALERIE trial will be introduced to investigators. The workshop’s goal is to learn more about how restricting our calories affects our underlying biology.
Dr. Nancy Nadon, chief of DAB’s Biological Resources Branch, is retiring next month, and I undertake this writing with very mixed feelings. On one hand, I’m elated that Nancy will now be able to fully enjoy the benefits of retirement. But on the other hand, I’m sad to see such a fair-minded and accomplished colleague leave the NIA.
Though research on age differences has its place, almost by definition, research on aging involves tracking people over time periods long enough to observe long-term changes in their lives and health. And, accurate measurements of large samples can be an expensive undertaking. The NIA has made major investments to create and maintain data resources that can be used for dozens—and in some cases, hundreds—of analyses, using the tools of the behavioral and social sciences.