Cognitive Aging Summit II, October 3-5, 2010 J.W. Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC
A second Cognitive Aging Summit was held on October 3-5, 2010, at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. The second Summit built upon the success of the first Cognitive Aging Summit held in October, 2007, by bringing together experts in a variety of research fields to discuss advances in understanding the aging brain and the behavioral and cognitive changes associated with normal aging combined with selective preliminary progress reports from the 2009 cycle of award recipients.
Like the first Summit, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) convened the meeting under a grant from the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). The second Cognitive Aging Summit brought together 350 scientists from diverse disciplines to discuss critical questions in age-related brain and cognitive research and explore future avenues of research. The summit created tremendous excitement among researchers about building a more collaborative approach toward profiling brain health and cognitive function across the lifespan and developing healthy cognitive aging interventions. Following a key note address asking the questions “What Do We know and What’s Next”, the presentations focused on a “Mechanisms of Age Related Cognitive Changes and Targets for Intervention” with discussion on Genetics/Epigenetics; Neural Circuits/ Network Plasticity; Inflammatory, Oxidative and Metabolic Processes; Social Interactions and Stress. The concluding half-day segment of the Summit dealt with the development of clinical trials in which considerations for design and new opportunities were considered and discussed. To view the video of the proceeding of Cognitive Aging Summit II, please click on the following link.
Following the 2007 Summit, the Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging was formed as a public-private effort between the MBRF and the NIA to support current and emerging research on age-related changes in the brain and cognition. Jointly funded by the NIA, one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the MBRF, through the FNIH, this effort awarded an estimated $28 million in research grants over a five years period beginning in July 2009. The research partnership is aimed at expanding understanding of how we think, learn and remember with age and at developing interventions to maintain cognitive health as we grow older.
Two areas for competitive grant awards were targeted for the first cycle of grant awards. In 2008, NIA invited scientists to submit research proposals in the following two areas for the first cycle of grants to be awarded:
- Interventions to remediate age-related cognitive decline and
- Neural and behavioral profiles of cognitive aging.
In 2009, a total of 17 grants were awarded through the joint support from the NIA and the MBRF. Six applicants received grant awards in the category of interventions to remediate age-related cognitive decline, and 11 received grant awards in the category of neural and behavioral profiles of cognitive function in aging. One of the 17 awards was funded through the Federal Recovery Act Funds. Reports from the first grant award recipients will be received annually over the five year of the grant award with the anticipation that the results of the research will guide future directions for research in cognitive aging leading to the understanding and alleviation of age related memory loss.