National Institute on Aging

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National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Agency overview
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
Agency executive
  • Dr. Richard J. Hodes, Director
Parent departmentDepartment of Health and Human Services
Parent agencyNational Institutes of Health

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), located in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIA itself is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

The NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.[1] In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer's disease research.

NIA is led by Director, Richard J. Hodes, M.D, and Deputy Director: Marie Bernard, M.D.


NIA's mission is to improve the health and well-being of older Americans through research, and specifically to:

  • Support and conduct high-quality research on:
    • Aging processes
    • Age-related diseases
    • Special problems and needs of the aged
  • Train and develop highly skilled research scientists from all population groups.
  • Develop and maintain state-of-the-art resources to accelerate research progress.
  • Disseminate information and communicate with the public and interested groups on health and research advances and on new directions for research.


NIA sponsors research on aging through extramural[2] and intramural[3] programs. The extramural program funds research and training at universities, hospitals, medical centers, and other public and private organizations nationwide. The intramural program conducts basic and clinical research in Baltimore, MD and on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

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  1. ^ "About NIA". National Institute on Aging. Retrieved 14 Sep 2020.
  2. ^ "Division of Extramural Activities". National Institute on Aging. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  3. ^ "NIA Intramural Research Program". National Institute on Aging. Retrieved 6 December 2016.

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