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Labs at NIA

The NIH intramural research program has shifted all non-mission-critical laboratory operations to a maintenance phase in order to promote physical distancing and diminished transmission risk of COVID-19. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, only mission-critical functions within NIH research laboratories will be supported.

The Intramural Research Program (IRP) in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is comprised of seven scientific laboratories, the Translational Gerontology Branch, the Center for Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (CARD), and ten core facilities. The research program has three main focus areas: Neuroscience, Aging Biology and Translational Gerontology. IRP scientists conduct research in many different disciplines that range from basic science to clinical research and epidemiology. Medical problems, which typically affect older persons, are studied in depth using the tools of modern laboratory and clinical research, with a translational perspective. The central focus of our research is understanding age-related changes in physiology and the ability to adapt to environmental stress.

Read about NIA labs and find contact information for IRP researchers by clicking on the lab names below. Or, read the latest IRP news.

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About IRP

Learn about intramural research at NIA.

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IRP Labs

Read about the labs of NIA's Intramural Research Program.

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Core Facilities

Core facilities provide research support to researchers inside and outside of NIA.

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Training Opportunities

Learn about research and training opportunities at IRP.

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Clinical Studies

Clinical research studies at NIA Intramural Research Program.

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Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging

The BLSA, begun in 1958, America's longest running scientific study of human aging.

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Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Lifespan

HANDLS is a community-based, longitudinal, epidemiologic study of age-related health disparities in Baltimore.

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Research Resources

Access bioinformatics, biophysics, and other scientific tools from IRP.

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Clinical Research Core

Read about the Clinical Research Core and clinical studies conducted by NIA IRP.