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You're invited! - Regional meeting for investigators in Denver Nov. 8

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.
Dr. Richard Hodes
Richard HODES,
Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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The first cleared concepts for FY 2018

The National Advisory Council on Aging met here on the NIH campus on September 26–27. Among several actions by the Council was the approval of eight new concepts for Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). The lively discussion around these concepts is always one of the highlights of this two-day meeting, with conversations and conjecture often continuing into the corridors.
Dr. Marie Bernard
Marie BERNARD,
Deputy Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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Every year at NIA brings its own challenges. This one was special—and how!

In recent years, we have scrambled to try to maintain a funding line by finding ways to stretch what seemed to be ever-shrinking resources. Then a trickle of new money arrived—beginning in FY 2014—targeted towards Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). In the following years, that trickle became a stream, and then a river. In FY 2017, it was a $400 million river.
Dr. Robin Barr
Robin BARR,
Director, DEA,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)
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The investigator's guide to the new NIA website

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!
Jennifer Watson
Jennifer WATSON,
Senior Public Affairs Specialist,
Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL)
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Olivia Kent
Olivia KENT,
Office of Communications & Public Liaison (OCPL).

Summit to focus on dementia care and caregivers

Today, it’s estimated that more than 5.3 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease. This number is expected to climb to nearly 14 million by 2050, unless we find ways to stop the disease. The National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers on October 16 and 17 will focus on the research needed to develop, evaluate, implement, and disseminate comprehensive care, services, and support for people with dementia, their families, and other caregivers.
Elena Fazio
Elena FAZIO,
Health Scientist Administrator,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
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Update, opportunities from NIA's Office of Special Populations

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.
Carl V. Hill
Carl HILL,
Director, Office of Special Populations,
Office of the Director (OD)
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Let your research retire some of your educational debt

The NIH Loan Repayment Program provides up to $35,000 per year for qualified researchers to pay off student loans. The program is accepting applications now, as it does every fall, and NIA is one of several institutes involved in this important program. If the program is appropriate for you, apply now. You may be able to get part of your student loans repaid by NIA or one of the other NIH Institutes and Centers accepting applications.
Dr. Robin Barr
Robin BARR,
Director, DEA,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)
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CALERIE Research Network builds new opportunities in aging research

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.
Giovanna Zappala
Giovanna ZAPPALA,
Health Scientist Administrator,
Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG)
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Dr. Richard Hodes
Richard HODES,
Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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The NIA funding line: A story with a multilayered plot

We published an updated funding line table a couple of weeks ago. As I thought about describing the changes in this post, what came to mind was something like the complicated plot structure of one of those Sunday-night PBS dramas. We have several themes percolating through that table. I’ll do my best to straighten them out for you.
Dr. Robin Barr
Robin BARR,
Director, DEA,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)
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San Francisco, here we come … to attend IAGG

We’re looking forward to the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2017 World Congress on July 23–27 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. IAGG is the largest worldwide meeting on aging, with more than 6,000 professionals in health and aging expected to attend. I’d like to highlight a handful of sessions that you may be particularly interested in, and where you’ll be able to catch up with NIA staff.
Dr. Marie Bernard
Marie BERNARD,
Deputy Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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