Advisory Committee to the NIH Director Virtual Meeting – Feb 26th

Join NIH on Friday, February 26th from 3:00PM to 5:30PM EST for a virtual meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director focused on NIH efforts promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. The meeting will be available to the public through NIH Videocast.
Meeting Agenda

3:00 PM Opening Remarks Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, NIH

3:10 PM ACD Working Group on Diversity
Marie A. Bernard, MD, Acting Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and Deputy Director, NIA, and Working Group Co-Chair
M. Roy Wilson, MD, President, Wayne State University, and Working Group Co-Chair

3:40 PM Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Biomedical Research—The NIH UNITE Initiative
Marie A. Bernard, MD, Acting Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and Deputy Director, NIA
Alfred Johnson, PhD, Deputy Director for Management, NIH
Lawrence A. Tabak, DDS, PhD, Principal Deputy Director, NIH UNITE Committee Co-Chairs

4:30 PM Discussion

5:15 PM Common Fund Concept Discussion Robert Rivers, PhD, Program Director: Office of Minority Health Research Coordination, NIDDK

5:30 PM Closing Remarks and Adjourn Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director, NIH

New Funding Opportunities to Investigate Cellular Senescence!

From the NIA Division of Aging Biology

Contacts are [email protected] (Felipe Sierra, NIA) and [email protected] (Kevin Howcroft, NCI).

Application due dates are March 8, 2021.

The NIH Common Fund has issued three funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to support the new Cellular Senescence Network (SenNet) program. The program aims to catalyze the development of a framework for mapping cellular senescence and its associated secretory phenotype at high resolution, and to provide atlases of cellular senescence in multiple tissues across various states of human health, and across the lifespan. In addition, it is expected that the SenNet will provide comprehensive sets of biomarkers describing heterogenous senescent cell states.

In these FOAs, NIH is calling for applications in the following areas:

Pre-application Webinar: NIH Common Fund staff will host an interactive pre-application webinar to discuss frequently asked questions as well as any other applicant queries on January 22, 2021, from 12:00-1:30 P.M. (EST). A recording of the webinar will not be posted online, but the slides and resultant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will be posted on the SenNet webpage. Please direct inquiries to [email protected]. Webinar details are below:

Meeting number: 126 463 3177

Password: Senescence

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Application Due Dates: Applications for each FOA are due March 8, 2021. Additional details about the program will be posted on the SenNet webpage as they become available.

We encourage you to share this email with any interested colleagues.

About the NIH Common Fund: The NIH Common Fund encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high-impact, trans-NIH programs. Common Fund programs are managed by the Office of Strategic Coordination in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives in the NIH Office of the Director in partnership with the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. More information is available at the Common Fund website:

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.

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