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Three steps to training grant success

As the number of older people increases worldwide, the need for scientists and clinicians in aging research is greater than ever. To fulfill our mission of enhancing the pool of researchers in aging, NIA participates in a broad span of training programs.

Dr. Sharooz Vahedi
Shahrooz VAHEDI,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA).

Advance your scientific career with the 2019 Butler-Williams Scholars Program

New or emerging researchers in aging can invest a week of their summers for a career and support network building opportunity that will last a lifetime. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Butler-Williams Scholars Program. A truly unique experience, the B-W Scholars Program teaches new skills to build a successful research career and to engage peers with similar career goals.
Carl V. Hill
Carl V. HILL,
Director, Office of Special Populations,
Office of the Director (OD)

A wealth of shared data, specimens for aging research

We are pleased to announce the establishment of the AgingResearchBiobank, a central biorepository for the storage and distribution of a vast collection of biospecimens and data from longitudinal and clinical studies to the broader scientific community.
Dr. Rosaly Correo-de-Araujo
Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director, DGCG,
Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG)

What’s ahead in 2019

In this video post to kick off the New Year, NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes discusses opportunities ahead for researchers in aging and Alzheimer’s and related dementias science, including budget, pay lines, and growing the field, as well as upcoming events and funding opportunities.

Dr. Richard Hodes
Richard HODES,
Office of the Director (OD)

Open the door to a world of data

Question: What do these study questions from published papers have in common? What’s the relationship between widowhood and depression in the United States, Europe, Korea, and China? How and why do disability and morbidity among older people differ across 30 countries and three continents? Does making transportation universally accessible through free bus passes for older people in the United Kingdom reduce social isolation and increase physical activity?
Picture of Dr. Partha Bhattacharyya
Program Director,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)

Career development award pay lines are posted!

I have an early holiday present for those of you who’ve been waiting for this news: NIA’s FY 2019 pay lines for our career development program are 21 for our general allocation and 28 for our Alzheimer’s allocation. These numbers mean that we will pay most general allocation career award applications to the 21 score. We may require some applicants to resubmit within that line, and we may pay one or two beyond that line. The same holds true for the 28 score—for career award applications that focus on Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.
Dr. Robin Barr
Robin BARR,
Director, DEA,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)

A new NIA-funded resource synergizes efforts of aging research centers

There’s an old saying: “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.” That sums up an exciting new NIA-funded resource—the Research Centers Collaborative Network—that promises to advance aging research by bringing different research groups and disciplines together.
Basil Eldadah
Supervisory Medical Officer,
Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG)
Picture of Dr. Dana Plude
Deputy Director, DBSR,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)

Tracking the landscape of dementia research and resources

The dementia research landscape is wide, varied, and growing. While NIH funds a huge amount of dementia research, we’re not the only funding organization supporting research to understand the underlying mechanisms of age-related dementias, or to identify biomarkers, or to develop and test therapies, or increase knowledge around patient care. Whether you’re a researcher, caregiver, or just interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s research, the International Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Research Portfolio (IADRP) is a resource you should know about.
Charlene Liggins
Charlene LIGGINS,
Senior Scientific Program Analyst,
Division of Neuroscience (DN)