The National Endowment for the Arts, the NIH, and the National Academy of Sciences co-hosted a public workshop that explored the benefit of the arts to the health and well-being of older adults. The gathering featured leading neuroscientists, psychologists, researchers, and practitioners in health and the arts who presented findings from research on the arts and aging in an effort to pinpoint gaps for future studies. (Contact: Dr. Lis Nielsen, 301-402-4156)
NIA offered the 10th annual Nathan W. Shock Symposium with the topic “Proteins at the Dance, with and without Chaperones,” featuring talks by:
This special event, held at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus, was cosponsored by NIA and the Nathan W. and Margaret T. Shock Aging Research Foundation. (Contact: Taya Dunn, 410-558-8035)
Better approaches to measure and resolve inconsistencies in stress are needed in health-related epidemiological research. This exploratory meeting brought together experts to develop a conceptual framework that could be used to harmonize psychosocial stress measures used in population-based survey research. Data analyses from longitudinal studies of aging and health were presented, highlighting areas of harmonization potential and need. (Contact: Dr. Lis Nielsen, 301-402-4156)
The steady-state design of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) calls for adding a new 6-year birth cohort every six years to maintain a nationally representative sample of older Americans. The HRS will add the late Baby Boom cohort (1960-1965) in 2016, followed by the 1966-1970 birth cohort in 2022. This exploratory meeting at the National Academy of Sciences gathered a panel of experts, including some members of the HRS staff, to discuss the most innovative and cost-effective approaches for screening and interviewing HRS cohorts to ensure the study’s ongoing success. (Contact: Dr. John Phillips, 301-496-3138.)
The NIA’s Division of Neuroscience partnered with the Foundation for NIH (FNIH) in a day-long exploratory meeting to begin a dialogue within the Alzheimer’s disease research community and with physicians on key issues in developing practice guidelines to improve quality performance patient outcome measures, including measures to assess treatment impact and disease status. (Contacts: Dr. Molly Wagster or Dr. Nina Silverberg, 301-496-9350).