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National Institute on Aging

  1. Richard J. Hodes

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0583

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Hodes, R. J. 2010. National Institute on Aging. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Director, National Institute on Aging

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of 27 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. Congress established the NIA in 1974 to “improve the health and well-being of older Americans through research on aging processes, age-related diseases, and the special problems and needs of the aged.” Later legislation designated NIA as the primary federal agency on Alzheimer's Disease (AD) research. NIA conducts intramural research at NIA laboratories in Bethesda and Baltimore, MD, and sponsors extramural research at universities and other research institutions. NIA funds both individual and institutional training and career support at pre- and post-doctoral levels for all stages of careers, and places special emphasis on underrepresented minorities.