The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 27 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), leads the national scientific effort to understand the nature of aging in order to promote the health and well-being of older adults, whose numbers are currently escalating due to increased life expectancy and the aging of the baby boom generation. Increased investment in preventing, treating or curing chronic diseases of aging is perhaps the single most effective strategy in reducing national spending on healthcare. Chronic diseases associated with aging account for more than 75 percent of Medicare and other federal health expenditures. Simply put, our nation does not have the luxury of time to address the health research needs of this population.
Please join the Friends of the National Institute on Aging (FoNIA)—a coalition of more than 50 academic, patient-centered and non-profit organizations that supports the research and training missions of the NIA—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 NIA’s funding by leading advocacy organizations.
- 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
- 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