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 Annika Noreen ( 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.

ADRC Best Practices

In 2020-2021, the National Institute on Aging convened a working group (Contributors) to update the guidance on best practices for the ADRCs in the acquisition, preparation, and storage of biospecimens. These updated documents are included below by topic, along with best practice recommendations for other areas. The recommendations for annual ADRC External Advisory Committee meetings, which also may be of assistance in preparing ADRC Progress Reports, were developed in 2017.

These best practices are intended to be a resource for new Centers and for Centers who may be embarking on a new line of research. Of importance, they should not be construed as requirements for Center activities. Also, we appreciate that many of these areas are rapidly evolving and as such, we envision these guidelines as a living document that will be re-evaluated annually (at a minimum) to determine if further updates are needed. Please email Dr. Krista Moulder ( if you have suggestions for new topics or for sections that may be outdated.

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