In population health and well-being research, scientists consider how behavioral, biological, environmental and social characteristics interact with one another and with interventions designed to improve health and wellbeing and to reduce disparities across demographic groups. Simulation Modeling and Systems Science (SMSS) can help answer critical questions about what interventions work, under what conditions, and what strategies and combinations of strategies will yield innovative ways to address disparities.

This FOA solicits applications for work that:

(1) Fosters trans-disciplinary partnerships and collaborations in understanding the etiology and causal pathways of health disparities using SMSS.

(2) Uses SMSS to identify modifiable barriers and cost-effective factors to reduce and eventually eliminate health disparities.

(3) Provides evidence-based simulation or prediction of the impact of effective or ineffective health disparities interventions delivered in real-world settings.

(4) Promotes big data harmonization and novel analytic methods in SMSS to address minority health and health disparities.

Policies for Action, an RWJF signature research program, is funding $2 million toward research on the impact of national, state, or local policies on health and health equity – including $450,000 to study what happens when state governments seek to nullify or preempt local laws.

Assessment of policy impact on health may involve either laws and regulations or private sector policies and practices, such as those affecting workplaces, neighborhood and community development, and family stability.

Proposals from interdisciplinary/cross-sector teams are strongly encouraged.

Application deadline: June 7, 2018, 3 pm ET

The American Society on Aging is holding its 2018 Aging in America conference – the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults – in San Francisco. Focused on caregiving improvements – including disability technology, livable communities, policy and advocacy, and brain health – the conference brings together researchers, practitioners, and policymakers.

The Butler-Williams Scholars Program provides unique opportunities for junior faculty and researchers who are new to the field of aging to gain insight about research on aging, to learn how to build a successful research career, and to engage with like-minded peers.

Led by NIA scientific staff and senior extramural researchers, the week-long program includes lectures, seminars, and informal small group discussions. Sessions cover topics including:

Research design relative to aging
The biology of aging
Genetics and Alzheimer’s disease
Health, behavior, and aging
Geriatrics and clinical gerontology research
Health disparities research related to aging

Date of Program: July 30-August 3, 2018
Program Location: Bethesda, MD

Eligibility: Qualified applicants must hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., M.D., etc.). Only applicants working in the field of aging or actively considering this research field will be considered.

To Apply: Complete and submit the application form, then send the required supporting documents by email.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2018

The IAPHS Program Committee encourages submissions for the conference in two categories.

Panels of Original Contributions are interdisciplinary panels that present original research or engage in innovative discussions around a significant issue relevant to the conference theme.

Poster presentations by individuals or co-authored teams may focus on original research, practice, theory, methods, new ideas on student training, or technological innovations.

The Committee seeks submissions that will highlight the promise of interdisciplinary population health science and action that can improve population health across the life course. Submissions from postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, clinical students and trainees are especially encouraged.

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Dublin City University became the first third-level institution to adopt the concept and principles of an Age-Friendly University in 2012 and has committed to lead and highlight the role that universities can play in responding to challenges and opportunities associated with the ageing demographic of the 21st century.

In collaboration with our international partners in education representing Europe, North America, Canada, and South Korea we are hosting the second international age-friendly universities conference in March 2018.

This event will bring together institutes of higher education, policy makers, government and civic society to share, debate and explore new frontiers of ageing across a broad range of themes.

In addition to the Conference, there will also be a networking opportunity for those interested in joining the Age Friendly University Global Network on March 15th in Dublin City University. All are welcome to attend.

This year’s NIH Alzheimer’s Research Summit, titled “Path to Treatment and Prevention,” brings together multi-stakeholder participants from academia, government, industry, private foundations, and patient advocacy to formulate an integrated, translational research agenda that will enable the development of effective therapies (disease modifying and palliative) across the disease continuum for the cognitive as well as neuropsychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Program agenda will be organized around seven sessions:
– Novel Mechanistic Insights into the Complex Biology and Heterogeneity of AD
– Enabling Precision Medicine for AD
– Translational Tools and Infrastructure to Enable Predictive Drug Development
– Emerging Therapeutics
– Understanding the Impact of the Environment to Advance Disease Prevention
– Advances in Disease Monitoring, Assessment and Care
– Building an Open Science Research Ecosystem to Accelerate AD Therapy Development

Register to attend the Summit in person or via videocast. See link below.

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The 2018 NIH Alzheimer’s Research Summit will build on the foundation laid by the NIH AD Research Summits held in 2012 and 2015. It will feature progress towards achieving the AD research implementation milestones and to continue the development of an integrated multidisciplinary research agenda necessary to enable precision medicine for AD.

Key to achieving this goal is the identification of: 1) resources/infrastructure and multi-stakeholder partnerships necessary to successfully implement this research agenda and 2) strategies to engage patients, caregivers, and citizens as direct partners in research.

Participants can attend the NIH AD Summit in person or watch via live videocast.

In the coming decades, industrialized countries will experience a steep increase in the share of elderly persons in the population and a fall in the share of the working-age population. Such demographic developments could have a strong influence on inequality, depending on social systems and policy in areas such as old age security and health care.

This workshop on Inequality and Aging will discuss topics such as population dynamics and income distribution, the evolution of age inequality, health inequality in old age, the effects of social security and pensions on inequality, flexible work and aging, and salient policies.

Researchers are invited to submit papers for this workshop (1-page abstract due Sept 30, 2017), a selection of which will be published in a special issue of the Journal of the Economics of Ageing.