The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It was established in 1974 when Congress passed the Research on Aging Act, charging the institute to conduct and support biomedical, social, and behavioral research as well as training and education on the process of aging and the diseases and special needs of older individuals.

"Our research is very far-ranging, from basic research into cell regulation and cell death, to aging and cancer, to the social and behavioral aspects of aging," says Miriam Kelty, associate director of NIA and director of the office of extramural affairs.

Some current NIA statistics:

  • NIA's appropriated budget for fiscal year 1994 is $420 million, of which $38 million went to fund intramural research. For fiscal year 1995 the total appropriated budget is $434 million, with almost 9 percent of that assigned to the intramural program.

  • The extramural program supports more than...
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