Check out the latest in aging advances, research, and events happening at NIA:
- Genetic study of Lewy body dementia supports ties to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases — An NIH-led study found that five genes may play a critical role in determining whether a person will suffer from Lewy body dementia. Lewy body patients had higher chances of having Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease than age-matched controls.
- NIH networks to advance emotional well-being research — Five new research networks, funded in part by NIA, will allow investigators to refine and test key concepts that advance the study of emotional well-being.
- Employment may slow memory decline for women — According to an NIA-supported study, working in the paid labor workforce may have cognitive benefits later in life for U.S. women.
- Seven recent papers amplify advances in Alzheimer’s research — New findings from big-data and open-science research, supported in part by NIA, are revealing clues about the molecular mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease and new ways to discover potential therapeutic targets and biomarkers.
- Two studies explore LRRK2’s activity in Parkinson’s disease — Two research teams led by NIA researchers have reported discovering mechanisms that suggest the biological role of the LRRK2 gene in the development of Parkinson’s disease.
- Cognitive impairment among factors linked to elevated death rates in nursing home residents with COVID-19 — An NIA-supported study linked cognitive impairment, along with age, gender, chronic medical conditions, and physical limitations, to a higher risk of death among nursing home residents with COVID-19.
- NIA’s Advancing Diversity in Aging Research program supports undergraduate students in pursuing aging research careers — The NIA-funded program provides hands-on research experiences to help students excel in aging research.
- NIA deputy director receives 2020 UPenn Women in Medicine Award — Marie A. Bernard, M.D., deputy director of NIA, was awarded the 2020 Elizabeth Kirk Rose Women in Medicine Award, which recognizes the extraordinary record of commitment and contributions to advancing the education and careers of women in academic medicine by a University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) alumna, faculty, or staff member.
- Spotlight On: Lisa Mascone, deputy executive officer at NIA —NIA’s Lisa Mascone shares her story of finding balance and supporting the mission of NIA during the pandemic.
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Last Updated on March 3, 2021