Individuals over age 65 represent the fastest-growing segment of the population, yet they are also the least studied group and are most likely to be excluded from research most likely to apply to them. A significant reason for this deficit has been a dearth of scientists and clinicians to care for and study the many diseases that impact older adults. The purpose of this manuscript is to help early-stage clinician-scientists develop local forums fostering their career developments.
In this manuscript, the difficulties associated with raising new generations of researchers in aging and offer suggestions for how early-stage clinician-scientists can foster career development in aging are discussed. This paper draws upon a local example, ARIES, to explain how early-stage investigators can be brought together with the goal of creating a pipeline of future leaders in aging research.
The model may empower more early-stage clinicians to successfully pursue aging research.
The current success of aging researchers in the early stages serves as a model for creating similar career development programs designed for early-stage researchers in aging.
Authors thank Drs Sandra Shi and Clark DuMontier for scheduling the ARIES grant review sessions and Dr Monty Montano for leveraging resources to support our activities. Authors also appreciate Drs Basil Eldadah, Susan Zieman and Marcel Salive for continuing to foster their involvement with the NIA and Clin-STAR. The ARIES activities are supported by the Boston Claude D. Pepper Older American Center (P30AG031679). Dr Ouchi is supported by the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program from the Cambia Health Foundation and Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76AG064434). Dr Orkaby is supported by Veterans Administration CSR&D Career Development Award (IK2‐CX001800) and NIA GEMSSTAR Award (R03AG060169). Dr Bhasin is supported by National Institutes of Health (R01NR014502, R01HD093724 and R01AG060539).There is no conflict of interest for any of the authors.Author contribution: KO, SB and ARO conceived the manuscript concept. KO and ARO drafted the manuscript and all authors contributed substantially to the manuscript revisions.
Ouchi, K., Bhasin, S. and Orkaby, A.R. (2021), "Aging researchers in early stages (ARIES): a model for career development collaboration of researchers in aging", Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, Vol. 22 No. 2, pp. 75-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/QAOA-01-2021-0012
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