The National Institute on Aging is one of the 27 National Institutes of Health. Established in 1974, the National Institute on Aging conducts and supports research dedicated to understanding the nature of aging, supporting the health and well-being of older adults, and extending healthy, active years of life.
The institute's fourfold mission is to:
Support and conduct genetic, biological, clinical, behavioral, social and economic research on aging.
Foster the development of research and clinician scientists in aging.
Provide research resources.
Disseminate information about aging and advances in research to the public, health care professionals and the scientific community, among a variety of audiences.
The National Institute on Aging is the nation’s primary federal agency for Alzheimer’s disease research. The institute supports research into all aspects of memory loss, cognitive decline, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, institute operates the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center where the public, patients and their families can access a wealth of information on the disease.
The institute sponsors research on aging through extramural and intramural programs. The extramural program finances 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 and on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Md.
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