Institute to develop initiatives in neuroscience and cognitive aging as a way to increase the power of its research investments.

Several examples illustrate the kinds of collaborations that are likely to be beneficial. The NIA might share in the support of animal colonies and benefit by improved access to aging animals for research purposes. Research to clarify the interpretation of fMRI signals and to develop protocols for recording data and statistical techniques for analyzing them would be beneficial not only to the NIA but also to other institutes that support research that relies on these signals. Collaborations with other NIH institutes that deal with disabled populations (e.g., the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) would probably help advance research on adaptive technology. And interinstitute collaborations can also help in carrying out the large-scale longitudinal studies recommended in this chapter. These studies, sometimes with the inclusion of a few additional variables in the research protocol, can provide valuable information on a range of issues relating to health and well-being. Collaboration with other institutes and agencies may make possible studies that could not be fielded with NIA support alone.

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