During the fiscal year 2014, NIA was affected by a number of events and challenges. As the fiscal year winds down, Dr. Robin Barr, director of the Division of Extramural Activities, looks back on the changes and surprises that occurred, including an expanded research agenda, a budget increase, and an unexpected influx of well-written applications.
Dr. Kimberly Johnson is dedicating her career to identifying best practices among providers to increase access to hospice care for older African Americans. Her research describes inter-county variability in ethnic disparities in hospice use in North Carolina and South Carolina. She is currently working to expand her study to include a national sample of hospice organizations.
Many people who have been affected by Alzheimer’s wonder how they can help combat this devastating disease. Volunteering to participate in research is one powerful way. Right now, at least 70,000 volunteers are needed for more than 150 active Alzheimer’s and related clinical trials and studies in the United States. All kinds of people, including healthy older adults, can join in this critical research.
Every summer, early career researchers from diverse backgrounds come from all over the U.S. to spend a week at the National Institute on Aging’s 2014 Butler-Williams Scholars Program. They explore the best of NIA’s science, learn about grantsmanship, share challenges, and make new connections.