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National Institute on Aging (NIA)

NIA leads a national program of research on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging process; the prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities; and the promotion of a better quality of life for all older Americans.

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Director

Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Richard Hodes, M.D.

Building 31, Room 5C35
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-496-9265
Email: hodesr@mail.nih.gov

Education

M.D., Harvard Medical School

Professional Accomplishments

  • Member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Author of more than 250 research papers.
  • Touted as an influential scientist in the field of immunology.

Deputy Director

Marie A. Bernard, Deputy Director, National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Marie A. Bernard, M.D.

Building 31, Room 5C35
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-496-0216
Email: bernardma2@mail.nih.gov

Education

M.D., University of Pennsylvania
B.S., Bryn Mawr College

Professional Accomplishments

  • Previously served as the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine and professor and chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.
  • Held an appointment as associate chief of staff for geriatrics and extended care at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Served as chairman of the board of directors of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs and president of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Scientific Director

Luigi Ferrucci, Scientific Director, National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Luigi Ferrucci, M.D.

Building BRC, Room 04C225
251 Bayview Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410-558-8110
Email: ferrucciLu@grc.nia.nih.gov

Education

M.D., University of Florence

Professional Accomplishments

  • Chief of the Longitudinal Studies Section at NIA and the Director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study on Aging.
  • Served as Associate Professor of Biology, Human Physiology and Statistics at the University of Florence.
  • Also served as Chief of Geriatric Rehabilitation at the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Epidemiology at the Italian National Institute of Aging.

Executive Officer

Patrick Shirdon

Building 31, Room 5C35
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: 301-496-5345
Email: shirdonp@mail.nih.gov

Education

M.S. in Business Management, Johns Hopkins University
B.A. in Economics/Finance (Cum Laude), University of Maryland Baltimore County

Professional Accomplishments

  • Began his NIH career as an intern in the Outstanding Scholar Program in 1992.
  • Previously held a variety of positions at NIH, including Deputy Executive Officer at NIMH, Budget Officer at the National Institute on Aging, Special Assistant to the Director at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, and Budget Analyst in the Office of AIDs Research.

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