An Important Message from Dr. Richard Hodes

Posted by Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW on November 10, 2010 at 12:25pm
Dear Friends of NIA,
Please see below for an important message from Dr. Richard Hodes, Director of the National Institute on Aging, regarding this week’s Nature article on the NIA payline and success rates.
Best regards,


Dear Friends of NIA:

As you are aware, there is interest and concern in the field and within NIA regarding our depressed payline and success rates. Recently, we outlined steps being taken to address the situation ( and were contacted by the journal about our efforts. I thought you would be interested in seeing the article that appeared online today, at, and that will be included in the print version of the journal later this week.

We will keep you apprised as we move forward with already-instigated and new approaches regarding opportunities in investigator generated research. Please do not hesitate to contact us in the coming weeks and months with any questions, concerns or thoughts.
Thank you.



Richard J. Hodes, M.D.

Director, National Institute on Aging

November 18th Briefings: “Leading the Way on AD and Aging Research”

Posted by Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW on November 10, 2010 at 12:22pm

Dear Friends of the National Institute on Aging,

I wanted to let you know about an upcoming event that may be of interest to you, your colleagues, and your constituents. On Thursday, November 18th, Friends of the NIA is co-sponsoring two educational briefings (one House and one Senate), titled “Leading the Way on Alzheimer’s Disease and Aging Research: A briefing about the vital work of the National Institute on Aging. The event is jointly sponsored by the Alliance for Aging Research, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Friends of the NIA, and Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD). Links are provided below for the flyers for both the House and Senate briefings, listing time and location as well as confirmed speakers.

Please feel free to disseminate these flyers through your listservs, websites, etc. Any assistance you could provide in helping to spread the word about this exciting event would be greatly appreciated. To RSVP for either briefing, please send an email to [email protected] confirming your plans to attend.

Best regards,



Sign On Today: FY2012 NIA Budget Letter

Posted by Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW on September 17, 2010 at 2:51pm

Dear Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA) Member,

In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the Alliance for Aging Research, representatives from the Friends of the National Institute on Aging plan to meet with staff at OMB later this month regarding FY2012 funding for the NIA. This year we decided that moving forward with a strong and unified “ask” would be beneficial to our collective efforts, especially if our coalitions – and the individual organizations comprising them – sign on to a letter to President Obama communicating the rationale for the ask. With an estimated payline of just 8% for NIA grants in 2010, it’s time for all of our organizations to stand together to ask for a more robust investment in the NIA and the cutting-edge research it supports.

If your organization would like more information about the letter and how to sign on, please email me at [email protected] before COB Friday, September 24th. Your support is essential to making this effort a success.

Best regards,
Kimberly D. Acquaviva, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Chair, Friends of the National Institute on Aging
Director, The National Collaborative on Aging
Assistant Professor, The George Washington University School of Nursing
phone: 202-994-7735
email: [email protected]
[email protected]

Population Reference Bureau and Hopkins Population Center, “Annual Symposium on Policy and Health,” June 23, 2010

Posted by Kimberly Acquaviva, PhD, MSW on June 15, 2010 at 10:30am


“Family Care for an Aging Population: Demographic Contexts and Policy Challenges”

When: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 • 1 p.m. Lunch • 1:30 – 3 p.m. Symposium

Where: National Press Club, 529 14th St, NW, Washington, DC (Murrow, White, and Lisagor Rooms)

RSVP: Dottie Ferrell, [email protected]

Andrew Cherlin, Benjamin H. Griswold III Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, and Director, Hopkins Population Center, Johns Hopkins University

Nancy Folbre, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts

Madonna Harrington Meyer, Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Professor of Sociology, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

John Haaga, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging

Presented in collaboration with the Hopkins Center for Population Aging and Health and with the Center for Aging and Policy Studies at Syracuse University