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DAB Office of the Division Director

The DAB Office of the Division Director sets priorities and strategic directions for research supported by the Division, including collaborations with other NIA Divisions and NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. In addition, the Office of the DAB Division Director manages and coordinates the portfolios for health disparities research, the training, mentored research and workforce diversity programs, and the Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in the Biology of Aging. The Office of the Division Director also provides support for the  Division’s Small Business Grants. Major themes for the Office of the Division Director are expanding basic biological research with human participants and further increasing workforce diversity.

Programs and Activities

The DAB Office of the Division Director has a broad array of programs and activities that support research on many topics related to the biology of aging. Explore details about specific programs and activities below:

Biology of Health Disparities in Aging Program

This program is aimed at supporting and promoting research focused on understanding age-related health disparities and the biological pathways that are linked to poorer health outcomes in subsets of the population. Areas of interest include:

  • Impact of health inequities on the biology of aging.
  • Cellular, molecular, and physiological mechanisms associated with disparate health outcomes in aging.

Contact: Stacy Carrington-Lawrence, Ph.D.

HIV and Aging Program

The HIV and Aging Program spans NIA’s extramural divisions and supports a diverse portfolio of research promoting healthy aging among older adults living with HIV.  Priority areas in HIV and aging include: 

  • Understanding the impact of HIV infection and pathogenesis in the context of aging-related genetic, molecular, and cellular changes and physiological outcomes. 
  • Understanding molecular mechanisms that may be common to multiple comorbid states with HIV. 
  • Understanding the contributions of individual, interpersonal, social, structural, and institutional factors to the physical, psychological, and economic well-being of persons aging with HIV and to social inequalities and health disparities. 
  • Understanding relationships between HIV infection and cognitive decline, especially in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (ADRD) and other neurological impairments in people with HIV and advancing age. 
  • Enhancing assessment and treatment of older individuals with HIV and comorbidities, polypharmacy, disability, or disparities in health outcomes.

Contact: Ann Namkung, MPH 

Nathan Shock Centers (NSC) of Excellence in the Biology of Aging

The NSC provide intellectual leadership and innovation, training, and pertinent cores focused on the needs of the biology of aging field and opportunities for research career development.

Contact: Christy Carter, Ph.D.

Training and Workforce Development Program

This program fosters training and educational opportunities for individuals and organizations focused on biology of aging research. Supported activities include:

  • Workforce development, education, and training programs to support early career researchers in the biology of aging.
  • Institutional (T-) and individual (K-) training and mentored programs.

Contact: Christy Carter, Ph.D.

Trans-NIH Geroscience Interest Group

The Geroscience Interest Group (GSIG) at NIH highlights and advances research at the intersection between aging biology and the biology of conditions that are of interest to multiple NIH institutes and centers. The GSIG regularly hosts events focused on basic research and clinical topics related to geroscience.

Contacts: Siobhan Addie, Ph.D.


Contact Information

Acting Director: Stacy Carrington-Lawrence, Ph.D.

Siobhan Addie, Ph.D.
Christy Carter, Ph.D.
Pragati Katiyar, Ph.D.
Katherine Kim, M.Sc.
Ann Namkung, MPH

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