The problems associated with an aging society transcend the boundaries of any specific discipline and play out across multiple biologic and societal domains ranging from individual cells, to organs and organ systems, to persons, to communities, to national and world economies. The six National Institute on Aging (NIA) Center programs address important topics in aging but typically from a specific disciplinary perspective.
The objective of the Research Centers Coordinating Network (RCCN) is to initiate new cross-disciplinary collaborative networks that bring together key thought leaders from each of the six NIA center programs to align approaches across programs that will uncover synergies and insights that lead to novel collaborations.
The RCCN website supports linkages between the six NIA center programs and shares center-related resources, funding and meetings opportunities, and webinars.
Managed by Wake Forest School of Medicine and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), the RCCN will spur multi-disciplinary efforts in aging research across the centers through five complementary strategies: conferences, pilot programs, early career faculty education, web-based resource identification tools, and fundraising/proposal development.