Health Disparities

Blog post - A new generation of early career researchers in aging

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Every summer, early career researchers from diverse backgrounds come from all over the U.S. to spend a week at the National Institute on Aging’s 2014 Butler-Williams Scholars Program. They explore the best of NIA’s science, learn about grantsmanship, share challenges, and make new connections.

Blog post - Funding opportunity for research on chronic inflammation

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Chronic inflammation increases with aging, and it is linked to heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer, as well as frailty and disability. The NIA is offering new funding for research on chronic inflammation. If you study inflammation, please read about this grant opportunity and consider applying.

OSP Scholar Spotlight: Dr. Alexander Smith

Dr. Alexander  SmithDr. Alexander Smith is working to improve quality of life and communication for older adults with life limiting illness. After training in Primary Care Internal Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Smith continued his education in a General Medicine research fellowship and obtained his Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Blog post - Alzheimer’s disease research & the U.S. NIH: what’s new?

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International collaboration is vital to advancing Alzheimer’s disease research, from genetics to biomarkers to translational research.

Blog post - new funding for health disparities research

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New funding for health disparities research has just been announced by the National Institute on Aging. This funding will add health disparities projects and researchers to existing NIA grants. Grad students, postdocs, and junior faculty members with appropriate, rigorous projects can work with funded investigators to take advantage of this research funding opportunity.

Blog post - women of color and career advancement

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Women of color continue to face many challenges in science. Too often, they experience covert or overt racism and sexism in science classrooms and in research workplaces. In a new blog post, Marie Bernard, Deputy Director at the National Institute on Aging, relates how her own experiences encouraged her to get involved in the Women of Color Research Network at NIH.

NIA Administrative Supplement Now Available

The NIA Office of Special Populations - in collaboration with each NIA Division - is pleased to offer Administrative Supplements for Aging Research on Health Disparities. These one year awards are designed to support promising research that addresses disparities in aging and health.

Blog post - applications due March 28: Butler-Williams Scholars Program

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The March 28, 2014 application deadline is fast approaching for NIA’s summer training opportunity: the Butler-Williams Scholars Program.

Blog post - NIA's support of LGBT research

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Researchers know relatively little about the health of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. When it comes to research on aging, these communities are significantly under-studied. In a new blog post, Kate Nagy of NIA's Office of Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation describes NIA and NIH activities and funding opportunities for health research with these groups.

New to aging research? Apply to the Butler-Williams Scholars Program by March 28

Emerging researchers, including those with limited involvement in research on aging, are invited to apply for the next Butler-Williams Scholars Program (formerly the Summer Institute on Aging Research), to be held August 4-8, 2014, at the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, MD.

Sponsored by NIA, the 5-day program will explore research design relative to aging, including issues relevant to racial/ethnic minorities and health disparities. The agenda will include:

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