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A full-year budget and funding lines

In his blog post of a couple of weeks ago, NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes mentioned that we would soon be calculating the pay lines for the new fiscal year. I’m happy to announce that we’ve done the math and come up with our initial funding policy for FY 2019.
Dr. Robin Barr
Robin BARR,
Director, DEA,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)
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Join NIA at GSA in Boston next week!

You don’t have to be a Red Sox fan—or even a baseball fan—to look forward to coming to Boston for the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America on November 14–18. This is your chance to talk with NIA staff and learn about funding opportunities, ask what might happen to your application, or just shoot the breeze. Many of us will be there, and we look forward to talking with and meeting you (and maybe having some clam chowder or a lobster roll).
Dr. Marie Bernard
Marie BERNARD,
Deputy Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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New strategy aims to enhance recruitment for Alzheimer’s disease clinical studies

We’ve seen substantial expansion of our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in recent years. But we still have a long road to travel. One of the biggest hurdles in our path is recruitment and retention of participants in clinical studies for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Dr. Marie Bernard
Marie BERNARD,
Deputy Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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Eliezer Masliah
Eliezer MASLIAH,
Director,
Division of Neuroscience (DN)
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We have a budget for FY 2019!

Amid all the news coming out of Washington these days, you may have heard that, for the first time in decades, a portion of the Federal budget was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President at the beginning of the 2019 fiscal year.

Dr. Richard Hodes
Richard HODES,
Director,
Office of the Director (OD)
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A third geroscience summit on the horizon

I’m very pleased to report that only seven short years after taking our first steps in geroscience, we’re now ready to expand the reach of the field into new areas with a third Summit on Geroscience. While the concept of geroscience has been well accepted within the aging biology research community, the goal of the upcoming Summit is to extend our reach into new areas of scientific endeavor and to involve new participants, including disease advocates and policymakers.
Felipe Sierra
Felipe SIERRA,
Division Director,
Division of Aging Biology (DAB)
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NIA launches unique challenge competition for Alzheimer's care software

Are you up for a challenge? Then check out the Improving Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Using Technology (iCare-AD/ADRD) Challenge. Submissions opened on October 1, 2018 for NIA’s first Eureka prize competition. Applicants can compete for up to $250,000 in cash prizes for their solutions.

Dr. Dawn Beraud
Dawn BERAUD,
Health Science Policy Analyst,
Office of the Director (OD)
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Picture of Dr. Partha Bhattacharyya
Partha BHATTACHARYYA,
Program Director,
Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)
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NCRAD poised for major expansion

Infrastructure may seem like an odd word to use when thinking about research into Alzheimer’s disease. We want to see clinical trial results. We want answers on the basic mechanisms. We want prevention measures. And we want them all now! Infrastructure may seem less exciting, but it’s absolutely necessary to achieve our goals for research in Alzheimer’s disease. That’s why NIA has substantially increased the grant award to the Indiana University School of Medicine for the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (NCRAD).
Nina Silverberg
Nina SILVERBERG,
Program Director, Alzheimers Disease Center,
Division of Neuroscience (DN)
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Good news! Increased pay lines ahead!

I have good news for you! We’re giving 6 percent back to all the competing awards that we cut by an average of 18 percent in 2018. We will also be working from an average cut of 12 percent for awards we make in FY 2019. We’ve also expanded our general pay line to the 23rd percentile.
Dr. Robin Barr
Robin BARR,
Director, DEA,
Division of Extramural Activities (DEA)
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CALERIE Network aims to inspire, support new studies

The first study to specifically focus on the effects of sustained caloric restriction (CR) in humans—CALERIE (Comprehensive Assessment of the Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy)—collected a trove of biosamples and data. CALERIE investigators are now aiming to facilitate new studies and analyses that will take advantage of these resources.
Giovanna Zappala
Giovanna ZAPPALA,
Health Scientist Administrator,
Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG)
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