Institute on Aging Awards $2.5M to Launch Collaborative Research Project

Institute on Aging Awards $2.5M to Launch Collaborative Research Project
A new National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded collaborative project will bring together scientists from different disciplines to study a range of issues affecting older adults, including Alzheimer’s disease. The Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) will be funded with $2.5 million over year years by the NIA at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to the Wake Forest School of Medicine, with a subcontract to the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). The research network will promote interdisciplinary efforts in aging research with scientists from six NIA center programs. Five strategies will be used to achieve this goal, including conferences, pilot programs, early career faculty education, web-based resource identification tools, and fundraising/proposal development. The new RCCN will be established under a cooperative agreement with Wake Forest, which will be in charge of the network’s scientific projects and outreach to the aging research community. AFAR will mainly be in charge of the administrative functioning of the research network, including grants and planning conferences and webinars. Stephen B. Kritchevsky, PhD, principal investigator of the Wake Forest Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC), will serve as co-principal investigator for the RCCN, with Stephanie Lederman, AFAR’s executive director. The six NIA programs in the RCCN include 83 individual centers and five coordinating centers, including the 31 Alzheimer's Disease Core and Rese
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