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The Alliance’s blog offers a personal, inside look at our activities and perspectives on a range of timely issues. We encourage your feedback.

A Champion Falls

Author: Dan Perry

Date: May 25th, 2010

U.S. primary elections have taken down a fierce champion of medical research. For all of us who count on cures and treatments for the diseases that shorten and stunt human lives, the absence of Arlen Specter from the U.S. Senate will be deeply felt.


NIH Accepts Public Comments on Draft Stem Cell Guidelines

Author: Lindsay Clarke

Date: May 7th, 2009

In response to President Obama’s March 9th Executive Order lifting the Bush Administration’s restrictions on stem cell research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has issued draft guidelines on the federal funding of this research. The public comment period for the draft is open through May 26th so there’s still time to have your voice heard!


A Research Jolt for Economic Stimulus

Author: Dan Perry

Date: February 17th, 2009

Medical research will get a huge boost from the economic stimulus about to be signed into law by President Obama.

 


National Geographic Channel Special on Healthspan, Sunday, November 29

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 23rd, 2015

This Sunday, November 29 at 9 p.m. ET, the National Geographic Channel will debut an important special, The Age of Aging. Directed by Ron Howard, it highlights the pioneering research dedicated to extending our healthy years of life, or healthspan.  


Sen. Kelly Ayotte on the Value of NIH and Caregivers

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 15th, 2015

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (NH) was the recipient of the Alliance's Distinguished Public Service Award.


Alliance Debuts New Video on NIH's Impact

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 17th, 2015

Today the Alliance debuted a new video on the impact of the National Institutes of Health at the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C.  


Seeking Local DC People for Video in Support of the NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 20th, 2015

Do you live in the DC area? Do you support the cause of the National Institutes of Health?  If so, we want to invite you to participate in the making of a video we are shooting this Wednesday, July 22.


Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin on Being at the White House Conference on Aging

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 14th, 2015

Yesterday, the White House Conference on Aging was held in Washington, D.C. Our President and CEO Sue Peschin was among the individuals in attendance. 


Friends of the NIA Comments on Senate NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 26th, 2015

The Friends of the NIA has made the following statement on the Senate NIH Funding bill.


Friends of the NIA Holds Capitol Hill Briefing

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 23rd, 2015

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."


Friends of the NIA Comments on House NIH Funding Bill

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 18th, 2015

The Alliance's Friends of the NIA initiative has released the following statement on the House NIH funding bill.


The 21st Century Cures Act: A Critical Bill to Improve the Future of Medical Research in America

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 12th, 2015

The 21st Century Cures Act represents a positive change in how American biomedical research will be conducted and streamlines the processes intended to deliver new medical cures and treatment to patients.


NIH Puts Focus on Alzheimer's

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 16th, 2015

Over the last couple of weeks, the National Institutes of Health has shared several updates about its work surrounding Alzheimer's disease and dementia. 


New Video on the History of the Alliance

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 20th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research has just released a new video chronicling the first three decades of our organization.


A Bleak Future for American Medical Research...Unless We Act Now

Author: Dan Perry

Date: March 16th, 2015

Alliance Founder Dan Perry on the current state of medical research in the U.S.


Matching the Needs of Patients with Those of Our Federal Health Agencies

Author: Cynthia Bens

Date: February 12th, 2015

On Tuesday, the Alliance for Aging Research responded to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee 21st Century Cures Initiative and its recently released discussion draft.


Healthspan Explained in Four Points and Six Minutes

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: January 15th, 2015

Here is a series of short videos that communicates why we believe the extension of healthspan is such an important priority.


Geroscience and the Links Between Aging and Chronic Disease

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 10th, 2014

The journal Cell recently published an article titled “Geroscience: Linking Aging to Chronic Disease.” It was authored by some of the leading lights in the field of geroscience.


Rally for Medical Research Is September 18

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 3rd, 2014

We wanted to share news about an important event taking place on Capitol Hill on September 18, 2014.


It's Healthy Aging Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 8th, 2015

Healthy Aging Month provides an opportunity to educate on the importance of healthy aging so we can ensure our later years are not just more numerous, but lived in good health.


Participate in an Alzheimer's Disease Clinical Trial

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 12th, 2015

Participating in Alzheimer's disease clinical trials is a valuable way you and your loved ones can personally impact this disease.


NIH Director Collins Gives Insights on Latest in Medical Research on Charlie Rose Show

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: November 9th, 2015

Francis Collins, Ph.D., M.D., the director of the National Institutes of Health, appeared on the Charlie Rose Show on PBS to discuss the state of medical research in the United States.


Alliance Shoots Video in Support of NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 22nd, 2015

Yesterday, we spent the day at the offices of the Interface Media Group to shoot a video on the vital importance of medical research to the national fabric of the United States.


Alliance Applauds Passage of 21st Century Cures Act in House

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 10th, 2015

The Alliance for Aging Research has issued the following statement on the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, or H.R. 6, today in the U.S. House of Representatives.


We Are More Alike Than We Realize

Author: Susan Peschin

Date: January 22nd, 2015

Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin gives comments on precision medicine, MHS.


Letter to President Obama: More Funding Needed for Aging Research at NIH

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 30th, 2014

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging has sent a letter to President Obama requesting an increase of $500 million to support biomedical, behavioral and social sciences aging research efforts at the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2016.


Capitol Hill Briefings Lend Insights into Aging Research at the NIA

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: June 9th, 2014

The Friends of the NIA, a coalition led by the Alliance for Aging Research, hosted two briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on the National Institute on Aging and its aging research efforts.


The President’s Budget: Read the Numbers, Not the Headlines

Author: Ryne Carney

Date: February 18th, 2016

The Obama administration’s FY 2017 vision for the federal government does not include continuing increases for America’s biomedical research community.


Bill for Alzheimer’s Disease Postal Stamp Introduced in U.S. House of Representatives

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: March 2nd, 2016

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives for a Alzheimer's disease research postal stamp.


NIA's Dr. Felipe Sierra on This Month's Geroscience Summit in NYC

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 6th, 2016

The National Institute on Aging's Dr. Felipe Sierra talks about this month's Disease Drivers of Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit in New York City.


An Update on the 2016 Advances in Geroscience Science Summit

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 15th, 2016

Learn more about the Disease Drivers in Aging: 2016 Advances in Geroscience Summit that was held in New York City on April 13 and 14.


May Events for Older Americans Month

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 4th, 2016

During Older Americans Month, here are some events to keep you informed on research and health topics of interest to older adults. 


Don't Miss This Seminar on Nutrition, Fasting, Longevity, and Diseases

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: May 11th, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) holds its spring seminar with Dr. Valter Longo  from the University of Southern California on nutrition, fasting, longevity, and diseases. 


HROTW: The Value of Aging Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: July 9th, 2015

Our Health Resource of the Week is inspired by an important piece of legislation that's currently being considered in the U.S. Congress.


Congress and the Omnibus Miracle

Author: Susan Peschin, MHS

Date: December 17th, 2015

Congress gave Americans a holiday miracle this week and reached a deal on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill for FY 2016, increasing funding for NIH, NIA, and FDA.


Alliance Debuts New Video at Rally for Medical Research

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: September 22nd, 2016

Today, at the Rally for Medical Research in Washington, D.C., Alliance president and CEO Susan Peschin, MHS, introduced a new video that shares the moving stories of patients and their loved ones who have taken on the challenge of living with diseases and conditions such as heart disease, chronic pain, and stroke.


An Update on 21st Century Cures

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: October 31st, 2016

We provide an update on the 21st Century Cures Act, an important piece of legislation that the Alliance has been advocating for.


GeroScience Interest Group Kicks off Seminar Series

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: November 2nd, 2016

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) will launch its 2016-2017 GSIG seminar series this Thursday at the NIH campus. The first GSIG seminar, titled “From the Human Genome Project to Precision Medicine: A Journey to Advance Human Health,” will be led by Dr. Eric Green, the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).  


Alliance Releases Statement on Passage of 21st Century Cures

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 7th, 2016

The Senate today approved landmark legislation overhauling the development of medical treatments and cures for patients, which represents the culmination of a multi-year, bipartisan initiative in Congress. Here is a statement from Alliance President and CEO Sue Peschin.


Alliance Urges President-Elect Trump to Retain Dr. Francis Collins as NIH Director

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: December 16th, 2016

The Alliance for Aging Research authored a letter that was signed by 79 other patient and research nonprofit organizations, individual researchers, and companies urging President-elect Donald Trump to retain Dr. Francis Collins as the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in his administration. 


GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Winter Seminar

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: February 14th, 2017

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) held its winter seminar, titled "Bone Marrow Aging and the PTH Receptor: A Model of Integrative Physiology," on Wednesday, February 1.

 


Tomorrow Is the March for Science

Author: Noel Lloyd

Date: April 21st, 2017

This Saturday, April 22, thousands of people will gather in the shadow of the Washington Monument to march for not just a cause, but in support of one of humanity’s most important endeavors: science.


GeroScience Interest Group Hosts Summer Seminar

Author: Breanna Bishop

Date: July 21st, 2017

The Trans-NIH GeroScience Interest Group (GSIG) hosted its summer seminar on Thursday, July 13, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., on the NIH Campus (Building 49, Room 1A51/1A59). The seminar, titled "Hematopoietic Stem Cells Aging - Mechanisms, Consequences and Interventions," featured Dr. Emmanuelle Passegué of the Columbia University Medical Center.

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