NIH Inclusion Across Lifespan-II Workshop 9/2/2020

The NIH Inclusion Across Lifespan-II Workshop is happening TOMORROW, starting at 11am Eastern. 

For more information, visit the IAL-II website; in addition, we’ve provided some key details and links below.

To participate tomorrow, click here:

Pre-recorded overviews of topic areas from some of the workshop panel co-chairs here:

Here’s an overview of the topics that will be covered:

Topic Area 1: Inclusion/exclusion criteria

Panel co-chairs:


The study population defined by the eligibility criteria should be representative of the population of people with the condition being studied. The inclusion and exclusion criteria should be objective and written in clear, concise language, and investigators should provide a scientific justification for each criterion. The co-chairs will discuss this topic with specific considerations for the pediatric and older adult perspectives.

Topic Area 2: Study design and metrics

Panel co-chairs:

  • Jerry Gurwitz, M.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Peter Peduzzi, Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine

PLEASE NOTE: Topic area 2: Study design and metrics does not have pre-recorded videos to view.


The study design and metrics of a clinical trial should be constructed in a way to be more inclusive across all ages, using input from the entire study population. Here we will examine challenges that investigators face when designing studies and how these challenges can impact clinical trials.

Topic Area 3: Recruitment, enrollment, and retention

Panel co-chairs:


Ensuring appropriate representation of children and older adults in clinical trials goes beyond the inclusion criteria — additional consideration is needed to design effective methods to identify, enroll, and retain children and older adults in clinical studies and trials. The co-chairs will examine the pediatric and geriatric considerations for recruitment and retention with emphasis on special populations.

Topic Area 4: Data analysis and study interpretation

Panel co-chairs:


Appropriate data analysis and interpretation is critical to the synthesis of trial evidence and its application in treating patients. This includes careful consideration of certain sub-populations in the analysis, including children and older adults. The study of specific sub-populations must be considered throughout the process, beginning with study design, and extending to data analysis, interpretation, and dissemination. With increases in inclusion of children and older adults in clinical studies, it is critical to develop data analysis plans that ensure appropriate, relevant, and meaningful study conclusions.

COVID: Opportunities and Obstacles in Aging Research and Caregiving

Please join the Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA) and our distinguished panelists on Thursday, August 6, 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, EDT for a webinar on COVID: Opportunities and Obstacles in Aging Research and Caregiving which will explore the nexus between the COVID-19 virus and older adults.  Register here. Specifically, our three panelists will discuss: 

  • What does data around COVID tells us about existing racial, economic and geographical health disparities;∙
  • How aging research can be more inclusive in light of COVID exposed disparities;
  • Opportunities to study care needs of older adults and their caregivers before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • How aging impacts the effectiveness of potential COVID treatments and vaccines.

Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD
Professor, Health Behavior and Society
Johns Hopkins University
Vicki A. Freedman, PhD
Research Professor, Institute for Social Research
Director, Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging
University of Michigan
Matt R. Kaeberlein, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology
University of Washington

Register Here

2020 National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers

As many of you know, the NIA, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA), planned to host the second National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers on March 24-25, 2020. Unfortunately, the event was canceled per COVID-19 physical distancing guidance. In lieu of hosting an in-person event, the NIA will host a 2020 Dementia Care, Caregiving, and Services Research Summit Virtual Meeting Series in Summer 2020. 

This series will include three meetings, with research presentations, panelist remarks, sharing of the draft research gaps and opportunities, and moderated discussion/Q&A. These draft gaps and opportunities, developed by the Summit Steering Committee with input from stakeholder groups and organized into six themes, are intended to identify important potential areas for future research in the fields of dementia care and caregiving.

The dates of the Summit Virtual Meetings Series are:

  • Summit Series Virtual Meeting 1

Friday, July 10, 2020, 1:30-4:30 pm EDT

The first virtual meeting will cover the welcome, setting the stage, Impact of Dementia (Theme 1), and Participation of Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers in Research (Theme 4).

  • Summit Series Virtual Meeting 2

Thursday, July 21, 2020, 1:00-4:30 pm EDT

The second meeting will cover Long-Term Services and Supports in Home, Community, and Residential Care Settings for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers (Theme 2), Services and Supports in Medical Care Settings for Persons with Dementia (Theme 3), and Integration: The Present and Future of Integrated Long-Term and Medical Care.

  • Summit Services Virtual Meeting 3

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 1:30-4:45 pm EDT

The third meeting will cover Intervention Research, Implementation, and Dissemination (Theme 5), Research Resources, Methods, and Data Infrastructure (Theme 6), and Emerging Topics.

The full agendas for all three meetings are now posted online on the 2020 Summit Webpage.

National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Registration for the National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers, which will take place on March 24-25, 2020 on the NIH campus, is now open. This Summit will bring together individuals with a variety of backgrounds to identify evidence-based programs, strategies, approaches, and other research that can be used to improve the care, services, and supports of persons with dementia and their caregivers.  The meeting will  include plenary talks, research presentations, discussion panels, and a poster presentation session at this two-day event. For more information on logistics of the Summit, and to register, please visit the summit website