Science Again Proves Itself a Winning Investment; Share Yours at GSA 2021!

GSA is now accepting abstract submissions for this November’s Annual Scientific Meeting! This is your chance to advance the science of aging — and as we take stock of the past year’s upheavals, we find that science was one of few arenas that brought us significant hope.

While the development of new COVID-19 vaccines may be the achievement most people remember from this time, there were critical advances in other important areas, too. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Dr. Francis Collins, recently authored a blog highlighting many of them.

NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world, enabling groundbreaking research to move forward at 27 Institutes and Centers. I have had the privilege of serving on the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA), of the National Institute on Aging (NIA), for the past three years. The research projects supported by NIA hold great promise for improving the lives of older adults in the years ahead. The most recent NACA meeting took place earlier this month.

It’s also reassuring to see our incoming presidential administration embrace science. In his victory speech, President Joe Biden said he will heed America’s call “to marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.”

Society wins when we invest in science, and I know the GSA community shares this outlook!