Advancing the Health of an Aging Population: Groundbreaking Research Supported by the NIA

Please join the Friends of the National Institute on Aging to hear about the groundbreaking aging research that is being supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The NIA, one of 27 Institutes comprising the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leads the national scientific effort to promote the health and well-being of older adults. It will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016, 2:00-3:00 p.m. at the Capitol Visitorʼs Center, SVC 201, U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. To RSVP for the event, please go here.  To download details, please click here.

Below is an agenda of the event:

Welcome & Introductions
Kathryn Jedrziewski, Ph.D.
Chair, Friends of the NIA
Deputy Director, Pennʼs Institute on Aging

Advances at the NIA: From Bench to Bedside to Real-World Practice
Richard Hodes, M.D.
Director, National Institute on Aging

Marie A. Bernard, M.D.
Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging

Precision Medicine Approaches for Treatment of Alzheimerʼs & Parkinsonʼs
Corey McMillan, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania

Training the Next Generation
Peter M. Abadir, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology


FoNIA June 22 Capitol Hill Briefing

The Friends of the NIA (FoNIA) held a Capitol Hill briefing on June 22 on “Turning Discovery into Health: Learn about the Latest at the National Institute on Aging.”

The briefing started out with updates from NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes and Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard on the latest groundbreaking research activities and outreach efforts within the organization. Dr. Neil Buckholtz, director of the NIA’s Division of Neuroscience, also shared the results from the 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit.

Dr. Kathryn Jedrziewski, FoNIA co-chair and deputy director, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania, gave insights on the role the NIA plays in advancing research at her institute.

Susan Peschin, MHS, FoNIA chair and president & CEO of the Alliance, concluded the briefing with a recap on recent FoNIA activities as well as an update on the policy front. She shared some encouraging news about NIA FY 2016 funding (and National Institutes of Health funding in general).

“This past week, we had an exciting surprise from the House Appropriations Labor, HHS Subcommittee,” said Peschin. “Their bill provides $31.2 billion for the NIH, $1.1 billion above the fiscal year 2015 enacted level. The bill also includes a more than 25 percent increase for the National Institute on Aging to $1.5 billion and a call for $300 million of that increase to be used for Alzheimer’s disease research.”

This research funding is a wise investment, noted Peschin, but she also cautioned more support will be needed to address the coming impact of an aging population and the expected rise in chronic diseases it will bring.

“We understand that things are tight, but we also know 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 health care costs,” she said.



Briefing on Effects of Marriage, Divorce, and Family Formation on Health & Well-Being/April 17

The Population Association of America and the Association of Population Centers hold a congressional briefing titled “The Vow Factor: Marriage, Divorce, and Family Formation & Their Impact on Health and Well-Being” on April 17, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center in Washington, D.C.

Participating experts include:

Isabel Sawhill, Ph.D., The Brookings Institution

Lisa Berkman, Ph.D., Harvard University
Andrew Cherlin, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Elizabeth Peters, Ph.D., Urban Institute

For more information, please go here.  Note: Please RSVP by April 15.

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


Aging Research at the National Institute on Aging (NIA): Live Long and Prosper

Please join the Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA) for an hour-long briefing to learn about the groundbreaking research and educational efforts of the NIA. There will also be an informative discussion of the NIA’s funding by leading advocacy organizations. Please note there are briefings at both the House and the Senate

When and Where:
Friday, June 6, 2014

House Briefing
2318 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Click here to register for the House Briefing

Senate Briefing
188 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Click here to register for the Senate Briefing

Featured Speakers:

  • Richard J. Hodes, M.D., director, National Institute on Aging
  • Andrew B. Singleton, Ph.D., senior investigator and chief, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Aging
  • Susan Peschin, M.H.S., chair, Friends of the NIA, president & CEO, Alliance for Aging Research
  • Kathryn Jedrziewski, Ph.D., co-chair, Friends of the NIA, deputy director, Institute on Aging, University of Pennsylvania

Featured Panelists

  • Marie Bernard, M.D., deputy director, National Institute on Aging
  • John Haaga, Ph.D., deputy director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, Extramural Research Program, National Institute on Aging
  • Ronald Kohanski, Ph.D., deputy director, Division of Aging Biology, Extramural Research Program, National Institute on Aging