Best practices

Progress reports to NIA

ADRCs must annually submit progress reports to the NIA, following these guidelines. All of the needed files and instructions for the ADC Progress Reports are posted in this section. If you have questions or comments, please contact Emily Little ( and Grayson Donley ( and cc: Nina Silverberg ( and Cerise Elliott (

Please note: For Table a7, NIA would like a Yes or No answer indicating whether your center does any work in the listed categories.

Working with an EAC

Each ADRC is required to have an external advisory committee (EAC) that meets annually to review the Center’s progress toward its stated goals. The committee’s charge is to evaluate the Center’s programs, research progress, communications, interactions with NACC, and other activities for which outside expertise is required or desirable.

In 2017, NIA formed an ad-hoc committee (John C. Morris, MD, Chair) to provide guidance on how an EAC should be organized and how it should conduct its work. The committee’s recommendations (see links above) may be useful to ADRCs not only in conducting an EAC visit, but also in preparing their NIA progress reports.

NIA biospecimen best practices

The National Institute of Aging convened a working group (Tatiana Foroud, PhD, and Thomas J. Montine, MD, PhD, Co-chairs) to provide guidance on best practices for the ADRCs in the acquisition, preparation, and storage of biospecimens. The group’s 2014 report can be found below, along with additional protocols from 2011 for induced pluripotent stem cells.

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