Check Out This NIA Informational Video Narrated by Dr. Richard Hodes, NIA’s Director

The NIA released an informational video about the Institute’s mission, history, and research that has led to important scientific discoveries about healthy aging. The video can be found on the NIA’s YouTube channel and via the NIA website . Narrated by Dr. Richard Hodes, NIA’s Director, the piece combines photos, animation, video clips, illustrations, and other dynamic elements to convey the history and work of the Institute. Please feel free to share the link to this video with anyone that you think would be interested in learning more about the nation’s lead agency on aging research!

NIA Announces Increased Pay Lines

In this week’s NIA Blog, Dr. Robin Barr, Director, Division of Extramural Activities, writes about the impact of the 5% increase in general appropriations to the NIA.  Read more here.   You can see all of these numbers in a table. The Alzheimer’s and related dementias funding lines have not changed from the May posting.

NIA Launches iCare-AD/ADRD Challenge

The NIA launched the Improving Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Using Technology (iCare-AD/ADRD) Challenge.  This Eureka prize competition seeks to spur the development of technology applications to improve dementia care coordination and/or care navigation, as part of the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act.  Up to $400,000 in cash prizes may be awarded to teams or individuals that participate in the challenge.  Entries will be accepted from October 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

The iCare-AD/ADRD challenge managers will be hosting a webinar on October 17, 2018 at 2:30 PM EDT.  This webinar will introduce attendees to the Challenge and cover participation requirements.  Time will be allotted to answer questions from attendees.  To register for the webinar please visit:

Please share this announcement broadly; NIA is interested in receiving applications from all relevant sectors.  The NIA is excited to see what types of innovations will be sparked from this competition!

Dr. Francis Collins testifies before Senate HELP Committee

Dr. Francis Collins testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP).  The hearing focused on Prioritizing Cures:  Science and Stewardship at the National Institutes of Health – you can view the videocast at this link.  In addition to Dr. Collins, several NIH Institute Directors also attended to respond to questions, including our own director, Dr. Richard Hodes, and Drs. Ned Sharpless from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Anthony Fauci from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Diana Bianchi from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

You can read Dr. Collins’ testimony here:

If you view the hearing, you will see that Dr. Collins also made a brief statement about foreign influence on biomedical research; an official statement on this topic can be found here:


Statement on Appropriations Bill FY 2019

FoNIA Statement for Appropriations Bill FY 2019


July 2, 2018 – The Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA) sincerely appreciates the Senate Appropriations Labor, HHS and Education Subcommittee’s sustained and meaningful support for the National Institutes of Health.  We thank Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt and Ranking Member Patty Murray for their leadership on the research funding included in the FY 2019 appropriations bill, which includes a $2 billion increase for NIH.

The funding, approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on June 28, will provide for increased investment in the NIA, the lead federal agency for biomedical research on aging.  For FY 2019, the NIA is to receive $3,084,809,000 for NIA, a significant boost from the FY 2018 level of $2,574,091,000.  This investment comes at a time when scientific advances are around every corner.  We have the ability to make a real difference in people’s lives by coupling our understanding of health through the lifespan and biological aging with opportunities for increased research in new directions.  This knowledge will translate into improved care and quality of life for all of us as we age.

The FONIA is also pleased with the committee’s continued support for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research.  NIA, in conjunction with several other institutes at NIH, is working toward the ambitious national goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, as set out in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.  The $425 million increase for Alzheimer’s and related dementias research enables NIA to take advantage of every breakthrough and every new piece of knowledge.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to take up its version of the Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations bill after the July 4 recess.