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Posted on December 17, 2014 by Creighton Phelps, Deputy Director, Division of Neuroscience.

Identifying the genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is of course no easy task. From among the thousands of gene candidates in the human genome, we need to determine which are involved in onset and progression, and which increase risk or offer protection. Where can researchers find the biological specimens needed to unlock these mysteries? The NIA-funded National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease, or NCRAD, a veritable treasure trove of biological material located at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Read More

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Posted on December 10, 2014 by Marcel Salive, Program Officer, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology.

The NIA has long been interested in understanding the role of aging on the development and progression of specific chronic diseases. More recently, we’ve begun to try to understand why two or more conditions might occur together in older people, and perhaps more importantly, what to do about it. NIA released a set of Program Announcements on self-management of chronic conditions, seeking applications using R01, R15, or R21 mechanisms. Read More

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Posted on December 3, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We announced interim paylines on our funding policy site the other day. When you read that we are funding to the 5th percentile for research grants, and to a score of 14 on career awards and only paying NIA-reviewed applications that achieved scores of 10 or 11 you must wonder at our apparent miserliness. Why not release more awards now? Read More

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Posted on November 19, 2014 by NIA Blog Team, Division of Extramural Activities.

As we await news on our budget for this year and move forward on a number of initiatives, we thought we would reprise a few of the blog’s greatest hits of the last six months in case you missed them. If you missed a few, now is your chance to catch up. Every week, the NIA blog brings you important information on funding, grants, scientific resources, and other topics of interest to researchers. Have a question you’d like us to cover? Let us know by commenting on this post. Read More

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Posted on November 12, 2014 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

Like many other Institutes at NIH, the NIA assesses and updates its research directions every few years. This exercise is an important one, resulting in a Strategic Directions document that helps set and communicate priorities for the Institute and for aging research. We are updating our Strategic Directions, and I am seeking your input. Read More

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Posted on November 5, 2014 by Vicky Cahan, Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison.

Much of our job in the NIA’s Office of Communications and Public Liaison is to help scientists talk and write about research in a clear, uncomplicated way. Many researchers struggle to find those simple words, and I notice similar difficulties again and again. Let me share with you tips for avoiding these common mistakes, and an example of how we worked with a scientist to rewrite scientific text for clearer communication.   Read More

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Posted on October 29, 2014 by Neil Buckholtz, Director, Division of Neuroscience.

Determining the best way forward in Alzheimer’s disease research is as challenging and complicated as the disorder itself. So what steps do we take next to accelerate the discovery and development of effective treatments for people at all stages of Alzheimer’s disease? That is the focus of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention taking place February 9-10 at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Read More

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Posted on October 22, 2014 by Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging.

In a special session at this year’s Gerontological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Washington, D.C., NIA Director Richard Hodes, along with NIA’s scientific leadership, intramural scientists and grantees, advocates, and alumni, will reflect on major accomplishments in research to improve the health of older people since the establishment of the Institute in 1974. If you are attending the GSA meeting this November, please join us for this symposium on Saturday, November 8, from 3 – 6 p.m. GSA has made this symposium open to all, including non-registrants. We look forward to seeing many of you who helped build NIA and aging research, past and present, at this very special event. Read More

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Posted on October 15, 2014 by Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director and Training Officer, Division of Extramural Activities.

It’s that time of year again! The application period for the NIH Loan Repayment Program is open, as it is every fall, and NIA is one of a number of institutes joining with NIH to increase awareness of this important program. If the program is appropriate for you, apply now. You may be able to get part of your student loans repaid by NIA or one of the other NIH Institutes and Centers accepting applications. Read More

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Posted on October 8, 2014 by Kimberly Firth, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities.

Have you ever seen that old-time vaudeville act where the guy spins plates on tall poles? Well, that’s a little of the way it feels to be a new Scientific Review Officer, or SRO, at the NIH. You smile with three plates spinning smoothly—then, three more plates appear for you to spin. Read More

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Posted on October 1, 2014 by Marilyn Miller, Program Director, Division of Neuroscience.

Are you studying the genetics of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease? Did you know that the Alzheimer’s disease research community has a database that gives you access to a broad range of genetics and genomics data? NIAGADS (often pronounced NYE-ya-gads) is the NIA Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Data Storage Site, a national genetics data repository that facilitates access to data by qualified investigators. Read More

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