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NIH 1998 Almanac/The Organization/NIA/      

National Institute on Aging : Mission


In 1974 Congress authorized the establishment of the National Institute on Aging. The NIA is responsible for "conduct and support of biomedical, social, and behavioral research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the aging process and diseases and other special problems and needs of the aged."


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