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Conferences, Workshops, and Meetings

Unexplained Fatigue in the Elderly

June 25-26, 2007 -- The NIA convened this exploratory workshop to initiate a broad-based scientific dialogue exploring the clinical problem of “idiopathic” or “unexplained” fatigue in older adults. Participants represented a diverse array of scientific and research fields, spanning clinical, translational, and basic scientists from a variety of biological, psychological, and social science backgrounds.   

Report from the NIA Meetings on New Interventions for Menopausal Symptoms Summary in PDF (264K)

July 11-12, November 20-21, 2006 -- NIA in collaboration with other NIH institutes convened an advisory panel to make recommendations regarding the next steps to be undertaken by NIH to address priorities and new research opportunities targeted by the NIH State-of-the-Science (SoS) Conference on Management of Menopause-Related Symptoms expert panel.  This meeting summary reviews the key symptoms associated with the menopause transition, and reports recommendations issued by the advisory panel regarding needs for further research on the etiology and characteristics of symptoms, as well as promising new strategies for managing menopausal symptoms.  

NIA Workshop on Inflammation, Inflammatory Mediators, and Aging in Adobe PDF (295K)

September 1-2, 2004 -- A multidisciplinary workshop on Inflammation, Inflammatory Mediators, and Aging (1) to explore the current state of knowledge on the role of inflammation on aging and in the development of many chronic diseases of aging, (2) identify gaps in understanding, and (3) pinpoint opportunities for future research.   

Health and Wealth in an Aging America: A Briefing for Journalists

September 2004 -- NIA gathered eminent researchers on September 28 to discuss with journalists, “How can we prepare to meet the challenges of an aging population?” The answers, at least according to this NIA-supported group of leading social, behavioral, and economic scientists, will come from creative thinking and new approaches to some of today’s most difficult questions, such as the rise in health expenditures and major gaps in personal savings for retirement.  

The National Institute on Aging/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering: Meeting on Applications of Imaging and Sensor Technologies to Aging Research

July 22-23, 2004 -- The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) convened a meeting consisting of experts in aging, imaging, and sensor technology research to explore opportunities for collaborative research in this area, as well as future outreach and resource needs.  

Biology of the Perimenopause: Impact on Health and Aging Workshop

May 26–27, 2004 -- Workshop held in Bethesda, MD, to review the current state-of-the-science in the interaction of the changing hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian hormones across the menopausal transition with nonreproductive somatic and neuronal tissues resulting in pathophysiology associated with postmenopause. The workshop summary report and slides (which the speakers agreed to share) from the various talks and discussion sessions are available on this Web site.   

Meeting on Creativity, Aging, and Health: Society for the Arts in Healthcare (SAH)

April 2004 -- Bruce L. Miller, M.D., clinical director of University of California, San Francisco's Memory and Aging Center, spoke on frontotemporal dementia and the neuropsychology of creativity at a workshop on creativity, aging, and health sponsored by NIA and SAH.   

Vital Visionary Collaboration

March–April 2004 -- NIA sponsored the Vital Visionaries Collaboration to encourage interaction between older people and first-year medical students to foster improved understanding and appreciation of older people by medical students and to awaken older people to their creative possibilities. NIA worked in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD to develop this pilot project. The Academy for Educational Development handled project logistics, analyzed the student surveys, and wrote the draft report for NIA.   

Report of the July 2003 Meeting of the NIA Longitudinal Data on Aging (LDA) Working Group in PDF (147K)

July 2003 -- A report from the first meeting of the NIA LDA Working Group. The LDA Working Group consisting of epidemiologic, clinical, and basic researchers explored research opportunities and identified resource requirements for applying existing longitudinal studies more extensively to advance research on determinants of aging and health across the lifespan.   

NIA Panel on the Characterization of Participants in Studies of Exceptional Survival in Humans

August 2002 -- NIA Panel report revealing exceptional individuals—whose productive lifespan greatly exceeds the average—have been subjects of interest for many years. Understanding the factors that contribute to exceptional longevity and/or exceptional “health span” (survival without disease or disability) could lead to better means to maintain health and prevent disease throughout life.  

GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Highlights

November 2001 -- Highlights from the NIA Symposium: Research Initiatives, Funding and Training Opportunities at the National Institute on Aging. Presented at the 54th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America: “2001 - A Gerontological Odyssey: Exploring Science, Society and Spirituality”.   

Exploring the Role of Cancer Centers for Integrating Aging and Cancer Research

June 2001 -- An excellent foundation for research planning was created in the multidisciplinary NIA/NCI Workshop, Exploring the Role of Cancer Centers for Integrating Aging and Cancer Research.   

The Advisory Panel on Exceptional Longevity Report in PDF (622.2K)

June 2001 -- A report of the NIA Advisory Panel on Exceptional Longevity that includes recommendations on the feasibility of studies to identify genetic factors and other factors that might interact with genetic factors that contribute to exceptional longevity.   

NIA Workshop on Primate Models of the Menopause

January 2001 -- Report describing the NIA Workshop on Primate Models of the Menopause, including recommendations for research opportunities and resource requirements to further develop nonhuman primate models of menopause.  

Aging and Genetic Epidemiology Working Group Report

November 1999 -- Report describing the Aging and Genetic Epidemiology Working Group meeting convened by NIA to identify research opportunities for research on genetic epidemiology of aging-related outcomes.