National Institute on Aging
In September 2012, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) convened a diverse team of experts to launch its Network on Reversibility. Since then, this group has developed new ideas on how to reverse harmful effects of early environmental adversity in adulthood. The purpose of the Network is to define the scope of future research initiatives and to marshal a transdisciplinary approach in the development of such programs.
RLA staff attended the September 2012, February 2013, and November 2016 meetings of the Reversibility Network. These meetings followed an innovative format that put a very strong emphasis on high-level discussions and allocated minimal time to prepared presentations. RLA staff followed the discussions, took extensive notes, and drafted summaries of main themes, incorporating scientific presentations and discussion sessions. The content was scientifically complex and covered multiple disciplines including neuroscience, genetics, psychiatry, epidemiology, and cognitive psychology. The scientific expertise of our key staff enabled RLA to prepare coherent, technical reports that are understandable to even nonscientific audiences. RLA managed the revision and editing processes, ensuring that feedback from individual speakers and NIA staff was incorporated into the final reports, and produced Web-ready documents that met Federal accessibility requirements.