About NIA

NACA meeting: January 25–26, 2011

General Information/Staff Awards

GENERAL INFORMATION/STAFF AWARDS

Publication

Miller, R. A., Harrison, D., Astle, C. M., Baur, J. A., deCabo, R., Fernandez, E., Flurkey, K., Javors, M. A., Nelson, J. F., Pletcher, S., Sharp, Z. D., Sinclair, D., Starnes, J. W., Wilkinson, J. E., Nadon, N. L., Strong, R. (2010) Rapamycin, But Not Resveratrol or Simvastatin, Extends Lifespan of Genetically Heterogeneous Mice. J. Gerontology, Biological Sciences (in press).

Pre-published online - http://biomedgerontology.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2010/10/25/gerona.glq178.full.html?ijkey=tDWixitFHibO8zq&keytype=ref

DAB Web Activities 2010

The following are new web activities initiated during the last quarter of 2010:

  1. DAB Supported Meetings page: http://www.nia.nih.gov/dab/research

    DAB maintains a listing of upcoming meetings that are supported by the R13 mechanism in DAB portfolios. Listed meetings also include meetings that are not supported by R13s but DAB staff is involved.

  2. DAB Listserv:
    DAB created a DAB listserv (DAB_Grantees-L), to provide information via email to DAB grantees on division activities, funding opportunities, and changes in NIH policy and new scientific resources. We aim at sending one email each month to grantees and others who might ask to be included.

  3. Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence: http://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dab/nathan-shock-centers-excellence

    The Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence (NSC) web page received an upgrade in mid November 2010. Information for each of the five NSCs, their cores, core services and core contacts is better organized and easier to find.

Press Releases:

Severe sepsis associated with later cognitive, physical decline. Released October 26, 2010

Publications:

Demography, Volume 47, Supplement 2010
This supplemental issue consists of 10 articles based on presentations at the 2009 15th Anniversary conference of the founding of the Demography and Economics of Aging Centers funded by NIA. All the articles were peer reviewed and revised for publication.

Perspectives on Psychological Science, Volume 5, Number 5, September 2010
Special issue on Genetics, Personalized Medicine, and Behavioral Intervention—Can this Combination Improve patient Care?
Most of the authors were participants at a workshop sponsored by NIA/BSR in Bethesda, Maryland, June 23-24, 2009. At this meeting it became clear that genetic investigations have four major, though still unrealized, contributions to make to behavioral interventions: (1) help identify target variables at which to aim behavioral interventions; (2) provide clues about mechanisms of effect of behavioral interventions; (3) help understand individual differences in response to behavioral interventions; (4) help identify the most propitious timing of interventions.

Global Health Action, Supplement 2, 2010. Growing older in Africa and Asia: Multicentre study on ageing, health and well-being. There is a lack of evidence on the health of older populations in low- and middle-income countries. Even in high-income countries, which face increasingly large older populations and predominance of chronic diseases, there are major evidence gaps. The set of papers in this Supplement represent a significant step towards better evidence on the health of older populations. They are based on studies in four African and four Asian countries as part of collaboration between two multi-country networks

Improving Health Care Cost Projections for the Medicare Population. National Academies Press, prepublication released Aug 25, 2010.
This report is a summary of the January 2010 workshop, Improving Health Care Cost Projections for the Medicare Population, convened by the Committee on National Statistics. In 2008 the Medicare program provided health insurance coverage for over 45 million people—37.8 million ages 65 and older and 4 million disabled people, with total Medicare expenditures of $468 billion. Given the substantial growth in the Medicare population, and the continued increases in Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance spending, the availability of well-specified models and analyses that can provide useful information on the likely cost implications of health care policy alternatives is critical for public- and private-sector policy planning. It is therefore timely to review the capabilities and limitations of extant health care cost models and to identify areas for research that offer the most promise to improve modeling, not only of current U.S. health care programs, but also of policy alternatives that may be considered in the coming years.

Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys: Beyond ADLs and IADLs. National Academies Press. 2009.
This report is a summary of the January 2009 workshop, Improving the Measurement of Late-Life Disability in Population Surveys: Beyond ADLs and IADLs. It was organized to draw upon recent advances to improve the measurement of physical and cognitive disability in population surveys of the elderly population. Are the measures of activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) used in many population surveys sufficient as the primary survey-based indicators of late-life disability? If not, should they be refined or should they be supplemented by other measures of disability in surveys? If yes, in what ways should disability measures be changed or modified to produce population estimates of late-life disability and to monitor trends. What further research is needed to advance this effort?

  • Sokratis Makrogiannis, Ph.D., an image processing expert in the Clinical Research Branch, has been invited to serve as an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence Tools. This journal is published by World Scientific. Dr. Makrogiannis was selected because of his expertise in medical and biological applications of machine learning techniques.
  • Kenneth Boheler, Ph.D., Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, has been awarded a $200,000 budget for his project entitled “Isolation of homogeneous human iPS cell Populations with enhanced pluripotency and therapeutic potential using novel cell surface glycoprotein marker panels” by the NIH induced Pluirpotent Stem Cell Center (NiPSCC). Ken’s project was one of 71 total applicants, only one of eleven funded at the NIH and the only one at the NIA.
  • Dawn Nines, Laboratory of Experimental Gerontology, won the Richard L. Pierson Award at the 2010 National Capital Area Branch (NCAB) Meeting of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. This award recognizes supervisory animal care personnel that have significantly improved animal care and welfare.
  • Dawn Phillips and Dawn Nines, both from the Laboratory of Experimental Gerontology, won awards at the NCAB Meeting for their poster presentations. “Myth of whiskers: Does shaving mouse whiskers allow you to group house C57BL/6 males at any age?” won the Most Unique Award and “Rodent identification methods for longevity projects (from a technician’s view)” won the Best Image Award.

Proposed NIH/NIA Legislation:
New NIH/NIA Legislation:

OCPL Publications and Related Activities

The following new publications and other products were developed, updated, or reprinted:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet
  • Can We Prevent Aging? tip sheet
  • Caregiver Guide: Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease (online only)
  • Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging
  • Diabetes AgePage
  • El cuidado de los pies (Foot Care AgePage)
  • End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care
  • Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging
  • Ejercicio y actividad física: su guía del Instituto Nacional Sobre el envejecimiento (Exercise Guide, Spanish)
  • Foot Care AgePage
  • Frontotemporal Disorders: Information for Patients, Families, and Caregivers
  • Go4Life “Be active every day!” posters (5 versions, including 1 in Spanish)
  • Go4Life “Curl up with a good book!” bookmark
  • Go4Life Everyday Exercises from the National Institute on Aging at NIH (DVD)
  • Go4Life “READ to stay informed. MOVE to stay healthy” bookmark
  • Guía para quienes cuidan a personas con Alzheimer (Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Guide)
  • Healthy Aging: Lessons from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging
  • Heart Health AgePage
  • Heat Stroke fan
  • Hipertermia: muy caliente para su salud (Hyperthermia AgePage)
  • Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Hospitalization Happens
  • Hot Flash fan
  • Hyperthermia AgePage
  • Hypothermia AgePage
  • La enfermedad de Alzheimer (Alzheimer’s Disease booklet)
  • La salud del corazón (Heart Health AgePage)
  • Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Menopause: Time for a Change
  • NIA Publications Catalog
  • NIA Research Program Information Resources tip sheet
  • NIHSeniorHealth “Discover Wisdom for the Ages” bookmark
  • Nunca es tarde para comenzaer a hacer ejercicio/It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising (bilingual fotonovela)
  • Osteoporosis AgePage
  • Pain: You Can Get Help AgePage
  • Progress Report on Alzheimer’s Disease: Translating New Knowledge, CD, 2009
  • Safe Use of Medicines
  • So Far Away: Twenty Questions and Answers About Long-Distance Caregiving
  • Smoking: It’s Never Too Late to Stop AgePage
  • There’s No Place Like Home—For Growing Old tip sheet
  • Understanding Memory Loss
  • What’s Your Aging IQ?

The following new topics were added to NIHSeniorHealth.gov:

  • Alcohol Use and Older Adults
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease

(For more information about NIA’s publications or NIHSeniorHealth, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, and Ph: 301-496-1752.)

Meetings and Exhibits

NIA/ADEAR exhibited at the following conferences:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Denver, CO
  • AARP, Orlando, FL
  • Mid Continental Chapter – Medial Library Association (MCMLA) 2010, Wichita, KS
  • Frontotemporal Dementia Conference, Indianapolis, IN
  • Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA

NIA/ADEAR exhibited or disseminated materials at:

  • GAO Health Fair, Washington, DC
  • ADC/ADCS Meetings, San Francisco, CA
  • International Parish Nurse Association, St. Charles, MO
  • Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (SAGE) Conference, New York, NY

NIA staff met with the Sleep Research Society, the Society for Women’s Health, and Ad Hoc for Medical Research Funding.
(For more information about OCPL’s meetings and exhibits, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752. For more information about meetings with professional organizations or associations, contact Dr. Tamara Jones, Legislative Officer, and Ph: 301-451-8835.)

Publication Awards

  • 2010 Apex Awards awarded for:
    • Saving for Retirement – What Do You Know?
    • Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging
  • Clear Mark Award of Excellence awarded for
    • Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging
    • Older Adults and Alcohol

(For more information about NIA’s awards, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, and Ph: 301-496-1752.)

NIA News Releases

The following press releases were distributed to audiences in print and on the Internet:

(For more information about NIA’s media activities, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)