Looking Ahead with Hope to 2021

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Hope for the New Year
Richard J. Hodes, Director, NIA
The rapid development of highly effective COVID-19 vaccines is wonderful news for the world, and especially for older adults, who are among the most vulnerable to the virus. This historic achievement is a testament to the importance of diversity in the scientific workforce and the incredible adaptability and dedication of researchers. 

Some other good news as we head into the New Year: the FY 2021 omnibus appropriations bill includes $3.899 billion for NIA and represents an overall $300 million increase in federal funding for Alzheimer’s and related dementias (AD/ADRD) research. With these increases, NIA is humbled and energized as we become the third largest of the 27 NIH Institutes and Centers. We are also excited at two big upcoming events on the calendar: our 2021 AD/ADRD Summit slated for April 19-22 and the 2021 Butler-Williams Scholars Program to be held this August. Read the full blog post.

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