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Funds Boost Research into Causes, Interventions for Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Date:3/1/2010

The partnership is supported by NIA and the MBRF through the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), a nonprofit that seeks funding partners for a broad portfolio of groundbreaking programs and projects in support of biomedical research. Beyond primary support from the partnership, additional funding comes from NIH's Office of Dietary Supplements and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

"We have made great strides in understanding how the brain and cognitive function change with age, identifying a number of avenues to explore in developing candidate therapies for improved cognition. The challenge remains, however, to distinguish between the changes that come with normal aging and those that signal an unhealthy decline," said NIA Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D.

Hodes pointed out that emerging evidence suggests that certain interventions -- such as exercise, environmental enrichment, diet, social engagement, cognitive training and stress reduction -- should be studied more intensively to determine if they might prevent or reduce declines in cognitive health. "These grants will make it possible for researchers to further pursue basic research in this area and to devise interventions that could be experimentally tested for their ability to improve cognitive function in older people," he said.


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