National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral IRTA Fellowship Program 2023 at NIA IRP
Applications are now open for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Postdoctoral IRTA Fellowship Program 2023 at NIA IRP.
The Postdoctoral IRTA Fellowship Program provides advanced training and research experience to physician and Ph.D. level investigators who are at the beginning stages of their professional research careers. Participants engage in research studies under the direction of a senior NIA investigator who serves as supervisor during the appointment period. A postdoctoral IRTA fellow must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have five years or less of relevant postdoctoral research experience. Initial IRTA commitments are made for two years with appointments made in one-year increments which may be renewed. NIH Office of Education Online Application.
Visiting Fellowship Program
Visiting Fellowships are awarded to foreign (non-U.S.) scientists to support advanced postdoctoral research and training in NIA’s IRP laboratories. Visiting Fellows must have a doctoral or equivalent degree in the sciences and five years or less of relevant postdoctoral research experience. For more information about this program, visit The Fogarty International Center website.
Earl Stadtman Investigator Program
The National Institutes of Health has announced its seventh annual call for “NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators,” a broad recruitment of tenure-track investigators (assistant professor equivalent) for the NIH intramural research program. Come join the team whose hallmarks are stable funding, intellectual freedom, shared resources, and access to a wide range of scientific expertise. A fantastic array of scientists already has been hired through the “Stadtman” recruitment in the last seven years. Learn more about the Earl Stadtman Investigator program and read an NIH Catalyst profile of the 2018-2019 investigators. Current Stadtman Investigators at NIA IRP include Isabel Beerman and Myong-Hee Sung.
The Intramural Research Program (IRP) in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is comprised of seven scientific laboratories, the Translational Gerontology Branch, the Center for Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias (CARD), the Section on DNA Repair, and nine core facilities, with leadership from the Scientific Director. The research program has three main focus areas: Neuroscience, Aging Biology, and Translational Gerontology. IRP scientists conduct research in many different disciplines that range from basic science to clinical research and epidemiology. Medical problems, which typically affect older persons, are studied in depth using the tools of modern laboratory and clinical research, with a translational perspective. The central focus of our research is understanding age-related changes in physiology and the ability to adapt to environmental stress. This understanding is then applied to developing insight about the pathophysiology of age-related diseases. The program seeks to understand the changes associated with healthy aging and to define the criteria for evaluating when changes should be considered pathologic and require treatment. Thus, in addition to studying common age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, and cancer, we also explore the determinants of healthy aging as possible targets for interventions aimed at improving health and quality of life in the older population at large.
The goals of the IRP are to support a broad-based research program centered around critical issues regarding the general biology of aging and age-associated diseases and disabilities. The specific areas of study on the general biology of aging have focused on: (1) characterization of normal aging, (2) cell cycle regulation and programmed cell death, (3) stress response, and (4) DNA damage and repair. Age-associated disease and disabilities research has included the study of: (1) Alzheimer’s disease, (2) cancer, and (3) osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and frailty, (4) cardiovascular disease and hypertension, and (5) diabetes. Additionally, researchers at the IRP continue to develop and/or test different intervention strategies (pharmacotherapy, gene therapy, and behavioral or lifestyle changes) to treat many of these age-associated diseases.
IRP research is conducted in multiple sites; most of the basic science laboratories are located at the Biomedical Research Center on the Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. The NIA Clinical Research Core (CRC) is located at Harbor Hospital, a few miles south of the Bayview Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. The NIA CRC is also home of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, a longitudinal study of aging that was started as far in time as 1958. The Laboratory of Neurogenetics and CARD are located on the NIH main campus in Bethesda. Finally, the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span study (HANDLS), a longitudinal study that addresses health disparities associated with race and socio-economic status, is profoundly rooted in several Baltimore neighborhoods.
The IRP provides a stimulating academic setting that encourages and fosters a comprehensive effort to understand aging through multidisciplinary investigator-initiated research. Particular emphasis is put on the value of synergistic interaction and collaboration through inter-laboratory collaboration. The program offers many excellent training opportunities in both laboratory and clinical medicine with a wealth of valuable resources. The NIA is committed to training researchers for lifetime careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.