About NIA

NACA Meeting: June 4-5, 2013

General Information/Staff Awards

On March 22, 2013, the Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) held a special program in conjunction with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to honor the WSA Achievement Awardees. Nicole Noren Hooten, Ph.D, Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science, received the NIA Investigator Award and Yael Yaniv, Ph.D., Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, received the NIA Fellow Award.

BSR Staff Honors

Dr. Richard Suzman was elected a Fellow of AAAS, Section on Social, Economic and Political Science.

Ms. Farheen Akbar was inducted into Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, 2013

  • Generations Awards, an international competition for excellence in senior marketing aimed at professionals who have communicated to the 50+ market www.generationsaward.org received for:
    • Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Tip Sheets, Gold Award in the Publications category
    • Go4Life E-Cards, Special Recognition in the Electronic Media category
  • US Department of Health and Human Services “HHS Innovates” Award for Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s bringing together NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) that conduct research with the aging services agencies of the Administration on Aging (AoA) at the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) at HHS, which annually reach over 10 million older people and family caregivers. With the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease as a spark, AoA/ACL and NIA collaborated across disciplines to plan and conduct activities to raise awareness about participation in clinical research through free webinars and presentations for both the research and aging services communities. Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s won both a Secretary’s pick and a People’s Choice award.

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

Press Releases

Research Highlights, Announcements:

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

NIH-supported study finds U.S. dementia care costs as high as $215 billion in 2010. April 4, 2013.

The costs of caring for people with dementia in the United States in 2010 were between $159 billion to $215 billion, and those costs could rise dramatically with the increase in the numbers of older people in coming decades, according to estimates by researchers at RAND Corp. and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The researchers found these costs of care comparable to, if not greater than, those for heart disease and cancer.


2011-2012 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Intensifying the Research Effort (new online)

Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Tip Sheets (new online):

  • End-of-Life Care
  • Going Out
  • Going to the Hospital
  • Grooming and Dressing
  • Home Safety
  • Money Problems
  • Traveling Overnight

AgePages (English):

  • Cancer Facts (updated and reprinted)
  • Smoking: It’s Never Too Late to Stop (updated and reprinted)
  • Urinary Incontinence (updated and reprinted)

AgePages (Spanish):

  • Asilos de ancianos: cómo escoger el lugar adecuado (Nursing Homes: Making the Right Choice) (new)
  • Problemas de la prostate (Prostate Problems) (updated and reprinted)
  • El cuidado de los dientes y la boca (Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth) (updated and reprinted)


  • Connections: News from NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center—Winter 2013
  • Connections: News from NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center—Spring 2013
  • Links: Minority Research & Training—Winter 2013
  • Spotlight on Aging Research: News & Notes from the National Institute on Aging at NIH—February 2013

Exercise and Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging at NIH (updated and reprinted)

Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss (updated and reprinted)

NIA Publications CD (updated and duplicated)

Go4Life Online Tip Sheets (English):

  • Protect Your Eyes When You Exercise
  • Sun Safety
  • Work Out at Work
  • Do Exercise and Physical Activity Protect the Brain?
  • Exercise to Improve Your Balance
  • Exercise and Osteoporosis
  • Biking Safely
  • Heart Health
  • Fall Proofing Your Home
  • Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Go4Life Online Tip Sheet (Spanish):

  • El ejercicio y la diabetes tipo 2 (Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes)
  • La salud del corazón (Heart Health)
  • Camine para su salud (Walking for Your Health)
  • Mantener un peso saludable (Maintaining a Healthy Weight)
  • Escoja opciones inteligentes a la hora de comer (Making Smart Food Choices)

Social Media

  • The ADEAR Twitter page was launched in February. Visit https://twitter.com/Alzheimers_NIH.
  • A redesigned public website for the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA) launched in April. Visit www.blsa.nih.gov.
  • A new communication effort - Inside NIA: A Blog for Researchers – will launch mid-May. The blog is intended for grantees, as well as applicants for NIA funding, research trainees, and others in the scientific and aging research community. Posting once weekly, Inside NIA will provide the latest information on funding opportunities, research priorities and news, as well as quick answers to common questions on grant writing, training opportunities, NIA scientific resources and research priorities. OCPL welcomes NACA support in helping let the research community know about this new blog.

New videos added to NIA’s YouTube channel

  • The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2012
  • NIA’s 2012 Summer Institute on Aging Research
  • Six profiles of participants in NIA’s Summer Institute on Aging Research
  • “The Importance of Strong Muscles as We Age” (mentioned and linked to in the Washington Post)
  • “Participating in an Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trial”
  • The BLSA Gait Lab
  • The Director’s Jeopardy Challenge for the Combined Federal Campaign
  • The Combined Federal Campaign Kickoff
  • A Welcome from Dr. Richard Hodes for the Alzheimer’s Disease Progress

Report NIHSeniorHealth added 7 new videos.

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

International Differences in Health, National Research Council 2013. (OBSSR principal funder.)

The United States is among the wealthiest nations in the world, but it is far from the healthiest. Although life expectancy and survival rates in the United States have improved dramatically over the past century, Americans live shorter lives and experience more injuries and illnesses than people in other high-income countries. The U.S. health disadvantage cannot be attributed solely to the adverse health status of racial or ethnic minorities or poor people: even highly advantaged Americans are in worse health than their counterparts in other, "peer" countries.

In light of the new and growing evidence about the U.S. health disadvantage, the National Institutes of Health asked the National Research Council (NRC) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to convene a panel of experts to study the issue. The Panel on Understanding Cross-National Health Differences Among High-Income Countries examined whether the U.S. health disadvantage exists across the life span, considered potential explanations, and assessed the larger implications of the findings. This document presents detailed evidence on the issue, explores the possible explanations for the shorter and less healthy lives of Americans than those of people in comparable countries, and recommends actions by both government and nongovernment agencies and organizations to address the U.S. health disadvantage.

Interim report of December 2012 meeting of Panel on Measuring Subjective Well-being in a Policy Relevant Framework. National Academies of Science 2012.

Meetings & Exhibits

OCPL/ADEAR attended, coordinated, participated in or sent materials to the following conferences and meetings:

ADC/ADCS Meetings, San Diego, CA

American Geriatrics Society Meeting, Grapevine, TX

American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL

NIA leadership and staff participated in a variety of professional meetings:

American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (February 27)American Urological Association (March 12)

Friends of NIA (March 22)

American Gerontological Society (April 2)

Population Association of America’s President, Dr. Christine Bachrach presented Dr. Hodes with their 2013 Excellence in Public Service Award (April 3)

Dr. Marie Bernard presented a keynote address at the Institute of Medicine Elder Abuse and its Prevention Meeting (April 17)

April 23 – researchers from the South Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and BiotechnologyFederation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Public Affairs Committee (April 30)

May 7 - Dr. Andre Syrota, INSERM’s CEO and also Chairman of AVIESAN, the French Alliance for Life Sciences and Health

To celebrate Older Americans Month, NIA Deputy Director Dr. Marie Bernard and Dr. Chhanda Dutta of DGCG joined Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin and Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee on May 15 for remarks and then a stroll around the Capitol with hundreds of staffers from across HHS. The one-mile walk was part of the Surgeon General’s new Every Body Walk! campaign. The event featured Go4Life, NIA’s exercise and physical activity campaign focused on older adults.

On May 23, NIA staff participated in the Senate Special Committee’s on Aging’s Healthy Aging Forum on Capitol Hill. The expo event was attended by Committee Chair Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and Ranking Member Senator Susan Collins of Maine, along with Committee and Senate staff. DGCG, OCPL and Legislative staff from NIA offered information about the Institute’s aging and Alzheimer’s disease research and patient and provider resources, the Go4Life campaign, and NIHSeniorHealth. It also featured high tech research, by video, of the NIA Intramural Research Program’s Gait Lab.

(For more information about NIA’s conferences or exhibits, contact Vicky Cahan, Director, OCPL, Ph. 301-496-1752. For more information about NIA’s professional meetings, contact Dr. Tamara Jones, Legislative Officer, Ph. 301-451-8835.)