Friends of NIA lobby day brings attention to research on aging

Brickman, a member of APA’s Committee on Aging, talked about his research and answered questions from Congressional staff about how universities are coping with the increasingly tight budgets of the National Institutes of Health

Adam Brickman, PhD, of the Taub Center at Columbia University, and APA staff participated in a series of Congressional staff meetings on April 20 to highlight the progress and promise of research on aging. Brickman, a member of APA’s Committee on Aging, talked about his research and answered questions from Congressional staff about how universities are coping with the increasingly tight budgets of the National Institutes of Health.

The Friends of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a coalition of scientific and health organizations that lobbies in support of the budget of the National Institute on Aging, provided information (PDF, 204KB) calling for an appropriation of at least $32 billion for the National Institutes of Health for Fiscal Year 2013, approximately a 4.5 percent increase over the FY 2012 appropriation. The Friends of NIA are also calling for an appropriation of $1.4 billion for NIA, an increase of $300 million. 

On April 20 the Friends group met with staff of members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Aging and Retirement Subcommittee of the Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee, and the House and Senate appropriations subcommittees that fund the National Institutes of Health.