About NIA

NACA meeting: May 19-20, 2009

General Information/Staff Awards

Biology of Aging Summit – September 2-5, 2008
The results of the Biology of Aging Summit were presented to Council in January by Dr. Felipe Sierra. The proceedings of the meeting were published as a series of articles (15 original articles plus an introduction) in the February issue of The Journals of Gerontology, Biological Sciences (J. Gerontol. Biol. Sci 64A (2):155-318). (For more information, contact Dr. Felipe Sierra, DAB, 301-496-6402.)

Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) (DHHS)-NIA Seminar on Health and Aging: Trends and Correlates of Cognitive Impairment Among Older Adults – March 18, 2009
This informational meeting, funded by BSR and held at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), was designed to inform senior HHS staff of current issues in aging research. Dr. Kenneth Langa, University of Michigan School of Medicine and Institute for Social Research, discussed “Trends in Cognitive Impairment in the United States: Evidence of a Compression of Cognitive Morbidity?” Dr. Dawn Alley, University of Maryland School of Medicine, presented “Educational Differentials in Cognitive Decline and Life Expectancy with Cognitive Impairment.” Dr. Kathleen Cagney, University of Chicago, Population Research Center, talked on “Social Resources and Cognitive Function.” (For more information, contact Dr. John Haaga, BSR, Ph: 301-496-3131.)

ASPE-NIA Recent Trends in U.S. Mortality at Older Ages – April 16, 2009
This informational meeting, funded by BSR and held at DHHS, was designed to inform senior HHS staff of current issues in aging research. Dr. Eileen Crimmins, University of Southern California, Andrus Gerontology Center, presented Trends in Mortality and Health: Putting the U.S. in an International Context, comparing the U.S. to other advanced countries. Dr. Samuel Preston, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology, presented Some Factors Responsible for Trends in American Mortality: Past and Future, showing evidence that cohort smoking histories explain a great deal of the difference in trends across nations, especially the recent poor longevity trends for American women. An implication of his work is that longevity improvements can be expected much faster in coming decades than official forecasts of the Social Security Administration project. (For more information, contact Dr. John Haaga, BSR, Ph: 301-496-3131.)

Division of Aging Biology New Investigators Forum – May 5-7, 2009
The Third Annual Division of Aging Biology New Investigators Forum was held at the Residence Inn Bethesda on May 5-7, 2009. The purpose of the forum was to bring together new awardees of grants from DAB in the spring of the year following their award, to encourage their continued success in this field by allowing them to get acquainted with NIA program staff as well as network with each other. The new investigators were asked to make short presentations describing their planned work (or results to date) with an emphasis on how it relates to the area of aging research. As for previous meetings, the invitation letter included the following language: “Since you are being funded by the National Institute on Aging, we presume that your talk will clearly and explicitly demonstrate to us (and to the other forum participants) how your research is related to the area of aging.” (For more information, contact: Dr. David Finkelstein, DAB, 301/496-6402.)

Staff Awards

2009 Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) Achievement Awards
The 2009 WSA Achievement Awards Program was held on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, in Baltimore. Two NIA awardees presented their research at the program, in honor of Women’s History Month:

  • Dr. Susan M. Resnick of the Laboratory of Personality and Cognition received the NIA WSA Investigator Award
  • Dr. Nagarama Kothapalli of the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology received the NIA WSA Fellow Award.

2008 Professor Enrico Greppi Award
Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, Senior Investigator, Clinical Research Branch, NIA, was selected by the Italian Society of Gerontology and Geriatrics (S.I.G.G.) as a recipient of the 2008 Professor Enrico Greppi Award in recognition of his substantial contributions to the fields of geriatric and gerontological research. Dr. Ferrucci received this award in November 2008 at the Society’s annual meeting in Florence, Italy.

2009 Jordi Folch-Pi Award
Dr. Francesca Bosetti, Investigator, Brain Physiology and Metabolism Section, NIA, received the 2009 Jordi Folch-Pi Award at the American Society of Neurochemistry (ASN) Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC. The Jordi Folch-Pi Award is given to an outstanding young investigator who has demonstrated a high level of research competence and originality, who has significantly advanced the knowledge of neurochemistry and who shows a high degree of potential and future accomplishments.

NIA Publications

The following new publications were completed:

  • Connections Newsletter (first issue in electronic format)
  • Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from The National Institute on Aging (revised edition)
  • Healthy Aging: Lessons from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging
  • Older Adults and Alcohol: You Can Get Help

The following publications were updated and/or reprinted:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Fact Sheet
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet
  • Can Alzheimer’s Disease Be Prevented?
  • Caregiver Guide for People With Alzheimer’s Disease
  • AgePage: Concerned About Constipation?
  • Conductores de la terecera edad (Older Drivers AgePage)
  • El cuidado de sus dientes y boca (Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth AgePage)
  • Hospitalization Happens: A Guide to Hospital Visits for Individuals with Memory Loss
  • Home Safety for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • La mala memoria: Reconozca cuándo deve pedir ayuda (Forgetfulness AgePage)
  • Making Your Website Senior Friendly (Tip Sheet)
  • Menopause
  • NIA Publications CD-ROM
  • NIHSeniorHealth “Discover Wisdom for the Ages” bookmark
  • Spotlight on Aging Research ezine issue 2
  • Urinary Incontinence AgePage

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

News Releases

The following news releases were distributed to audiences in print and on the internet:

(For more information about NIA press activities, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, Communications Director, OCPL, 301-496-1752.)

Meetings and Exhibits

NIA staffed, exhibited, and/or disseminated materials at the following meetings and conferences:

  • National Council on Aging/American Society on Aging in Las Vegas
  • Red Hat Society Annual Meeting in Dallas
  • American Geriatrics Society in Chicago
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Centers/Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study meetings in Seattle

NIA coordinated meetings with the following groups:

  • AD HOC Group for Medical Research Funding (January 29)
  • Alzheimer’s Association (February 23)
  • Friends of NIA (FoNIA) (March 10)
  • American Society of Nephrology (ASN) (March 13)
  • American Geriatrics Society (AGS) (March 18)
  • Association of Population Centers/Populations Association of America (March 19)
  • American Medical Association (AMA) (March 30)

(For more information about NIA exhibits, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752. For more information about meetings with professional organizations or associations, contact Dr. Tamara Jones, Legislative Officer, Ph: 301-451-8835.)

NIA Website Activities

NIA Created a series of new grants opportunities pages related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), including separate pages offering guidance on:

  • Funds for Administrative Supplements
  • Funds for Students and Science Educators
  • Funds for Competitive Revision
  • Grand Opportunities (RC2) grants
  • NIA-specific Challenge Grants

Learn more at the NIA Recovery Act home page.


  • NIHSeniorHealth won Bronze Telly Awards for both television public service announcements (PSAs): the live action, La Ronde, and the animated senior-friendly website. The Telly Awards were founded in 1978 to honor excellence in local, regional, and cable TV commercials, as well as non-broadcast video, TV PSAs, and other TV program categories.

Collaboration with HBO

  • NIA/NIH is collaborating with HBO Documentary Films in presenting The Alzheimer’s Project, a multi-platform public health series which looks at groundbreaking scientific discoveries as well as the effects of the disease on those with Alzheimer's and on their caregivers. The Project is an information and outreach effort to bring wider understanding about research in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and greater knowledge of resources for caregivers. The four-part documentary film series at the center of the project debuts on HBO, with largely open access, on May 10-12, focusing on science and research, on children touched by Alzheimer’s, and on people with AD and their caregivers. The Project also includes 15 supplemental films featuring interviews with scientists involved in research and offering additional detail and insight into their work and topics of current scientific interest. HBO will host a website with clips from the films and will create an online community to discuss aspects of AD. The website will direct visitors to NIA’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center, as well as resources from the Alzheimer’s Association and others. Further, the Project will offer DVDs of the films to thousands of organizations and communities nationwide, providing viewer discussion guides and support to audiences. NIA provided scientific and technical guidance to the films and other aspects of the Project. This collaboration includes the Alzheimer’s Association, the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, and the Geoffrey Beene Gives Back Alzheimer’s Initiative. The Project was announced March 24 at a press conference in Washington, DC, moderated by Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, featuring Dr. Richard Hodes, NIA Director; Harry Johns, President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Maria Shriver, co-executive producer of the series.