FoNIA Offers Input on 21st Century Cures Discussion Document

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has offered comments to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Energy & Commerce Committee on its initial discussion document that outlines specific 21st Century Cures initiative proposals. This document “seeks to continue the important dialogue of the past year, encouraging more discussion from patients, innovators, researchers, care givers, and other experts on the common goal of accelerating the pace of cures in the United States.”  The committee invited comment on the discussion.

FoNIA offered feedback on the proposed 21st Century Chronic Disease Initiative Act, plans to help emerging young scientists, and initiatives related to the National Institutes of Health.

Please click here to read the comments.



FoNIA Calls on NIH Director Collins to Increase Aging Research Funding

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has sent a letter to Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, urging for an inclusion of an additional $500 million in the FY 2016 NIH Budget to support aging research. Its FY 2015 budget allocated about $2.5 billion for aging research.

The letter noted, “We believe that this funding is the minimum essential to sustain research needed to make progress in attacking the chronic diseases that are driving significant increases in our national healthcare costs. The institutes that make up the NIH, in particular the National institute on Aging (NIA), lead national scientific efforts to understand the nature of aging in order to promote the health and well-being of older adults, whose numbers are projected to increase dramatically in the coming years due to increased life expectancy and the aging of a baby boom generation.”

Please click here to read the letter.

FoNIA’s Message to President Obama: Increased Funding Needed for Aging Research at NIH

Members of the Friends of the National Institute on Aging have sent a letter to President Obama requesting an increase of $500 million to support biomedical, behavioral and social sciences aging research efforts at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2016.

The letter points out that the 65 and older population is expected to double between 2010 and 2050.  This will come with an increase in the prevalence of diseases disproportionately affecting older people, most notably Alzheimer’s disease.

With this added investment, however, the NIH can:

  • Implement new prevention and treatment clinical trials, research training initiatives, care interventions, and genetic research studies developed to meeting the goals of the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Bolster trans-NIH initiatives developed by the NIH GeroScience Interest Group to understand basic cellular and molecular underpinnings of aging as a principal risk factor for chronic disease and to explore common mechanisms governing relationships between aging and chronic disease.
  • Understand the impact of economic concerns on older adults by examining work and retirement behavior, health and functional ability, and policies that influence individual well-being.
  • Support family caregivers by enhancing physician-family communication during end-of-life and critical care.

To read the letter, please click on the link below:
FONIA final FY 2016 OMB

Rally for Medical Research/September 17 & 18, 2014/Washington, D.C.

PrintThe Friends of the NIA, in collaboration with other partner organizations, is taking part in the Rally for Medical Research on September 17 & 18, 2014, at Capitol
Hill in Washington, D.C.

The Rally for Medical Research will raise awareness about the urgent need for an increased investment in the National Institutes of Health to improve health, spur more progress, inspire more hope and save more lives.  We are committed to the cause of medical research funding and sustained investment in the NIH and the National Institute on Aging.  For more information, visit the Rally for Medical Research website.

Below is the schedule:

Wednesday, September 17

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Washington-Capitol Hill, Columbia Room

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building,
Room 325

Thursday, September 18

7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Washington-Capitol Hill, Ballroom A

9:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Meetings with House and Senate offices