March 14, 2017

NIA Funds Roybal Centers for Translational Research in Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has renewed funding for nine Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology and designated four new centers. The goal of the centers is to move promising social and behavioral research findings out of the laboratory and into programs and practices that will improve the lives of older people and help society adapt to an aging population. The centers focus on a range of projects, including maintaining mobility and physical function, enhancing driving performance, understanding financial and medical decision making, and sharpening cognitive function.

The total amount of support is more than $23.4 million over the next five yeras. The majority of the funding is provided by the NIA. One of the new centers was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Additional funding is supplied by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Social Security Administration and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research of the U.S. Department of Education.


March 14, 2017

NIA Funds Centers To Study Demography of Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, today announced that it has committed more than $36.7 million over the next five years to support and expand its Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging. The Centers form a network of universities and organizations leading innovative studies on the characteristics of the aging population. The awards, which include some support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, renewed support for 11 Centers and established three new ones.

"The NIA Demography Centers have been instrumental in constructing and maintaining critical databases, attracting and developing scholars, establishing international and interdisciplinary networks and informing public policy," said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, MD. "The Centers provide an important infrastructure for promoting research in the areas of health, demographics, economics and population aging."

Each NIA Demographc Center has its own set of disciplinary specializations, although research conducted at the different Centers is often interrelated.


March 14, 2017

Call for Applications: 2010 MGH Physician-Scientist Development Award (Four Year Awards for Investigators Under-Represented in Academic Medicine)

The Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)'s Multicultural Affairs Office and the Executive Committee on Research are inviting basic, clinical, translational and health services investigators to apply for its 2010 Physician-Scientist Development Award designed for MD and/or PhD investigators at MGH who are under-represented in academic medicine.

The award is intended to provide transitional funding for support in the development of such physicians/scientists, and an amount of $30,000 per year, plus 15% indirect costs will be provided for each awardee.

Under-represented minorities in academic medcane include Hispanics, African-Americans, Alaskan Natives and American Indians.

More information regarding the Call is attached.

March 14, 2017

Boston Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Pinnacle Award for Achievement in the Professions: Sharon K. Inouye, MD, MPH

Sharon  K. Inouye, MD, MPH, director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, has received the Boston Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Pinnacle Award for Achievement in the Professions.

The Pinnacle Awards honor business and professional women who have demonstrated excellence in entrepreneurship, management and lifetime achievement. Dr. Inouye pioneered research on delirium, an acute mental condition characterized by confused thinking and disrupted attention, and continues as a leading investigator on understanding and treating this vexing disease.

More information on Dr. Inouye's award is attached.