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Welcome to Spotlight on Aging Research

Photo of Dr. Richard HodesDear Reader,

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Spotlight on Aging Research: News and Notes from the National Institute on Aging. We are pleased to offer this new electronic newsletter to keep you—the research community, aging-services providers, health care professionals, policy makers, media, and others, including NIA staff—informed about the Institute’s programs, people, and achievements. Each issue will highlight NIA-conducted or sponsored research, recently published findings, upcoming events, and new publications, and will provide links to current funding opportunities.

As NIA director, I am impressed and energized by the breadth of aging-related research nationwide and around the globe. NIA—one of the 27 institutes and centers that compose the National Institutes of Health (NIH)—is the Federal focal point for this research. In our intramural labs and through extramural studies conducted by NIA grantees, the Institute plays a key role in building the body of knowledge about topics as diverse as basic cellular changes with age to the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of age-related conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Spotlight on Aging Research will offer examples of this research on a regular basis and will provide links to a variety of professional and consumer resources available from the Institute. We invite you to sign up for a free subscription to Spotlight through the “Subscribe/Unsubscribe” feature at the left of this opening page. For further information about NIA or to sign up for regular e-mail alerts, visit our website at or contact the Office of Communications and Public Liaison at 301-496-1752.

We hope you find this first issue to be both informative and engaging. Thank you for your ongoing interest in the National Institute on Aging and our efforts, with many of you, to improve the health and well-being of older people and to address the challenges and opportunities of an aging society.

Richard J. Hodes, M.D., Director
National Institute on Aging