About NIA

NACA meeting: January 27-28, 2009

General Information/Staff Awards

Division of Aging Biology New Investigators Forum – Spring 2009
The Third Annual Division of Aging Biology (DAB) New Investigators Forum will be held in Gaithersburg, MD, in spring 2009.  The purpose of the forum is 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 will be 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 will include 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, Ph: 301-496-6402.)

Staff Awards

2008 Annemarie Opprecht Parkinson Award:

Dr. Andrew Singleton, Chief and Senior Investigator of the Laboratory of Neurogenetics (LNG), Intramural Research Program (IRP), NIA, was selected as one of the winners of the Annemarie Opprecht Parkinson Award for 2008.  Dr. Singleton and Dr. John Hardy (previous Chief and Senior Investigator of LNG), each received $50,000 in Basle, Switzerland, on October 29, 2008.  The award was for their pioneering work in the search for the pathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease, and their enormous contribution to the genetics of Parkinson’s disease for many years. 

2009 FARE Award Winners:

The NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE) is an annual competition that provides recognition for outstanding scientific research performed by intramural fellows.  The winners each receive a travel stipend to attend a scientific meeting where they will present their abstract, either as a poster or a seminar.  The winners also will present their work at one of the FARE poster sessions that follow each Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) 2009/2010 seminar, and also will serve as a judge for the FARE 2010 competition.  The NIA IRP had a grand total of 12 NIH FARE Award winners: 

  • Brain Physiology and Metabolism Section
    Dr. Saba Aid
    Dr. Sang-Ho Choi
    Dr. Christopher Toscano
  • Laboratory of Neurosciences
    Dr. Yazhou Li
  • Laboratory of Neurogenetics
    Ms. Joyce van de Leemput
  • Laboratory of Molecular Gerontology
    Dr. Parameswary A Muniandy
    Dr. Monika Aggarwal
    Dr. Jian Lu
    Ms. Deepa Rajagopal
  • Laboratory of Immunology
    Dr. Yasuto Araki
  • Laboratory of Genetics
    Dr. Rong Guo
  • Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science
    Dr. Yue Li

Heidelberg Award for Significant Contributions to the Field of Gerontology:

The NIA Demography of Aging Centers program received the biennial Heidelberg Award for Significant Contributions to the Field of Gerontology.  The Mayor of Heidelberg, Germany, presented the gold medal and certificate on September 13, 2008, in a ceremony at the city hall.  The text cites Richard Suzman, Director of DBSR, and Robert Schoeni, who leads the Coordinating Center core at the University of Michigan, and notes that “The program includes 13 centers and 540 scientists with a global involvement in international projects which help to develop the field of demography of aging across many countries.”  Dr. John Haaga, who accepted the award on behalf of the program, gave an address on global aging and NIA-funded research on demography. 

Dr. Andrew Monjan, Chief of the Neurobiology of Aging Branch, Division of Neuroscience, NIA, received an award of appreciation from the Sleep Research Society for his past service as the Executive Secretary of the National Commission of Sleep Disorders Research.

NIA News Releases

The following news releases were distributed by the NIA Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) to audiences in print and on the internet:

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

NIA/OCPL Print Materials/Publications/Websites

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet
  • Alzheimer’s Disease Medications Fact Sheet
  • Alzheimer’s Disease: Unraveling the Mystery
  • Age Page: Beware of Health Scams
  • Age Page: Osteoporosis: la usurpadorade los huesos (Osteoporosis)
  • Age Page: ¿Está considerando hacerse una círugia? (Considering Surgery)
  • Age Page:  Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help
  • Age Page:  Getting Your Affairs in Order
  • Age Page:  Older Drivers
  • Age Page: Incontinencia urinaria (Urinary Incontinence)
  • Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease Fact Sheet
  • NIA Publications Catalog
  • NIA rolodex card
  • Research Program Information Resources Tip Sheet
  • Healthy Aging: Lessons from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging
  • What Happens Next? A booklet about being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder
  • Health Disparities Resource Persons Network (HDRPN) – A new web-based network is now available for research professionals in aging, geriatrics, and gerontology who work to redress health disparities and improve the health status of racial, ethnic and disadvantaged older adults. See http://rpndemo.niapublications.org/index.php
  • Health Disparities Resource Persons Network postcard

(For more information about NIA’s Print Materials/Publications/Websites, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)

NIA Meetings and Exhibits

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

  • Alzheimer’s Disease Centers/Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study, Salt Lake City
  • AARP Life@50+, Washington, DC
  • Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC
  • Gerontological Society of America at National Harbor, MD (Washington, DC)
  • Montgomery County (MD) Aging in Place Health Fair, Rockville, MD
  • NIH Health Disparities Summit at National Harbor, MD (Washington, DC

Scientific Opportunity and Public Health Gain:  New Directions for Physical Activity Research NIA met with representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association and coordinated the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM) and the NIH meeting entitled “Scientific Opportunity and Public  Health Gain:  New Directions for Physical Activity Research.”  The meeting focused on translational activities and research opportunities brought about by the release of the HHS Federal guidelines:  Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

(For more information about NIA’s 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/OCPL Awards

  • The following were selected for the 2008 National Mature Media Awards:
    • End of Life: Helping with Comfort and Care (Gold Award)
    • La Ronde/Animation PSAs (Gold Award)
    • Caregiver Guide: Tips for Caregivers of People with Alzheimer’s Disease (Silver Award)
    • End of Life: Helping with Comfort and Care (Gold Award)
    • Why Population Aging Matters: A Global Perspective (Silver Award)
    • Growing Older in America (Silver Award)
    • NIA Publication Catalog (Silver Award)
    • Age Page: Mourning the Death of a Spouse (Bronze Award)
    • What Happens Next? A booklet about being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (Bronze Award)
    • At Last! A Website designed for grown ups (Merit Award)
  • The following were selected for the 2008 National Health Information Awards:
    • What Happens Next? A booklet about being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder (Merit Award)
    • Connections Newsletter article: National Cell Repository on Alzheimer’s Disease  (Merit Award)
    • Spotlight on Aging Research: News and Notes from the NIA electronic newsletter article: Scientists Weigh Mechanisms, Effects of Calorie Restriction (Merit Award)

For more information on OCPL awards, contact Ms. Vicky Cahan, OCPL, Ph: 301-496-1752.)