NIA Announces ADORE

In an important step toward meeting the growing demand for volunteers in Alzheimer’s clinical research, NIA has introduced new tools for Alzheimer’s clinical trials recruitment. Dr. Nina Silverberg, Director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers Programs, posted to the InsideNIA blog this week to announce the debut of ADORE (Alzheimer’s and Dementia Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Resources). ADORE is a searchable online toolbox designed to help researchers engage, recruit, and retain participants in clinical trials and studies for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. ADORE currently hosts over 300 resources, including the new Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Clinical Studies Recruitment Planning Guide. In addition to ADORE, the NIA published a series of four videos profiling participants in AD clinical trialswe encourage you to download these videos and use them as part of engagement and recruitment efforts.

Friends of NIA submits written testimony for FY 2020 Appropriations

FoNIA is grateful for the Members of the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee continued commitment to the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and, in particular, the research supported and conducted by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). FoNIA respectfully requests at least $41.6 billion in funding for NIH. Within this amount, we request that an increase of $500 million be designated in support of cross-Institute aging research initiatives. In addition, the FONIA requests an increase of at least $350 million above the final enacted amount for FY 2019 specifically for Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia (AD/ADRD) research at NIH.

NIA Establishes AgingResearchBiobank

In a recent InsideNIA blog, Dr. Rosaly Correa-De-Araujo, Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director of the NIA Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, announced the new establishment of the AgingResearchBiobank.  The AgingResearchBiobank is a central inventory system for the storage and distribution of biospecimens and data collected over several years from NIA-supported longitudinal and clinical studies of aging.  Biospecimens and related phenotypic and clinical data housed in this Biobank will be made publicly available over time. The first featured collection – available now! – was gathered from the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) study, the largest and longest-running randomized trial of physical activity in older adults.  LIFE is just the first of many studies and data resources that will be available for public access in 2019.