National Institute on Aging


National Institute on Aging The National Institute on Aging, or the NIA, is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers that make up the National Institutes of Health. The NIA focuses on understanding aging and finding strategies, new medicine, and lifestyle changes. As life expectancy in America continues to increase, the NIA hopes to help older adults live those extra years in good health.

Founded in 1974, the NIA strives to understand the aging process, as well as common conditions that occur as we age, such as Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Through this organization’s work, scientists are getting closer to finding effective ways to treat and/or prevent these conditions.

At the same time, the NIA educates and trains new scientists in aging and dementia research. Through programs like the Butler-Williams Scholars, fellowship opportunities, grants, and career development awards, a new generation of researchers are investigating the aging process. The NIA makes this research readily available to the public, so patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals can stay up-to-date on the latest findings and recommendations.


  • Location: National Institute on Aging, Building 31, Room 5C27, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2292 Bethesda, MD 20892
  • Primary Emphasis: NIA sponsors research on aging through extramural and intramural 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.
  • Link to website: National Institute on Aging
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