NIH 1999 Almanac/The Organization/NIA/
National Institute on Aging : Important Events in NIA History
December 2, 1971--The White House Conference on Aging recommended the creation of a
separate National Institute on Aging.
May 31, 1974--Public Law 93-296 authorized the establishment of a National
Institute on Aging and required that the institute develop a national comprehensive plan
to coordinate the HEW agencies involved in aging research.
October 7, 1974--The National Institute on Aging was established.
April 23, 1975--First meeting of the National Advisory Council on Aging was held.
July 1, 1975--The Adult Development and Aging Branch and Gerontology Research
Center were separated from their parent institute to become the core of the National
Institute on Aging.
December 8, 1976--The research plan required by P.L. 93-296 was transmitted to the
September 20, 1982--NIA Laboratory of Neurosciences Clinical Program admitted the
first inpatient to a new unit at the NIH Clinical Center.
September 9-11, 1983--The institute marked the 25th anniversary of the Baltimore
Longitudinal Study of Aging. The first volunteers joined this unique study in 1958.
1984--NIA funded Alzheimer's Disease Centers around the country where researchers
at medical institutions work to cure and prevent this disorder, while improving care and
November 14, 1986--P.L. 99-660, section 951-952, authorized the NIAs
Alzheimers Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center as a part of a broad
program to conduct research and distribute information about Alzheimers disease to
health professionals, patients and their families, and the general public.
September 6, 1988--Dr. Gene Cohen assumed the permanent position of NIA deputy
November 4, 1988--P.L. 100-607 established the Geriatric Research and Training
1988--Congress authorized NIA to make LEAD awards to researchers who had made
significant contributions to Alzheimers disease research.
1990--The GRTCs were expanded and renamed the Claude D. Pepper Older American
Independence Centers and charged with conducting research in diseases that threaten
1993--Six Edward Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology were authorized
to convert research findings into programs that improve the lives of older people and
NIA funded six Exploratory Centers for Minority Aging and Health Promotion in
collaboration with the NIH Office of Research on Minority Health.
1994--Nine demography of aging centers were funded to provide research on health,
economics, and aging to make more effective use of data from several national surveys of
health, retirement, and long-term care.
1995--Three Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging were
established to further the study of the basic processes of aging.