Personality Traits in Early Life May Predict Dementia Risk 50 Years Later

A recent NIA-funded study has shown that personality traits in early life may predict dementia risk 50 years later.  The study used data from Project TALENT, the largest survey of U.S. high school students in existence.  Project TALENT began in 1960, surveying over 1,200 high schools and 377,000 students across the country.  The current study included approximately one quarter of the original respondents and sought to evaluate associations between personality traits in adolescence and dementia risk in later life.  Ten traits were assessed as part of the Project TALENT personality inventory; of these, vigor (reflecting vitality, energy, and physical activity) was associated with a decreased risk of dementia in later life.  Two additional traits, calmness and maturity, were associated with decreased dementia risk, although these associations appeared to be moderated by socioeconomic status.  These findings, published in JAMA Psychiatry, support prior research which has linked early life experiences to later life cognition and dementia risk.

Cleared concepts: Early notification for future funding possibilities

NIA Deputy Director, Dr. Marie Bernard discusses NIA atest collection of cleared concepts for funding opportunity announcements (FOAs).  NIA thinks of the cleared concepts as an early notification system that provides the research community with precious time to consider future applications and chart new directions for their labs or centers. Check out the latest blog from NIA https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2020/02/cleared-concepts-early-notification-future-funding-possibilities

National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Registration for the National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers, which will take place on March 24-25, 2020 on the NIH campus, is now open. This Summit will bring together individuals with a variety of backgrounds to identify evidence-based programs, strategies, approaches, and other research that can be used to improve the care, services, and supports of persons with dementia and their caregivers.  The meeting will  include plenary talks, research presentations, discussion panels, and a poster presentation session at this two-day event. For more information on logistics of the Summit, and to register, please visit the summit website

NIA Program Officer positions in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research posted

The official job announcements for Program Officer positions in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research have been posted on www.usajobs.gov. For your reference, direct links to the job announcements are included below.  Please see the attached flyers for more information about these positions. Applications must be submitted through the website by January 30, 2020, to be considered. Applicants must be US citizens.

For the Population and Social Processes Branch Health Systems Program Officer position, please apply through:

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

For the Individual Behavioral Processes Branch Chief position, please apply through:

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)

For the Individual Behavioral Processes Program Officer for Psychological Development and Integrative Science position, please apply through:

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)

Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)