Creating brain resiliency: What is the secret to healthy aging?

Richard Hodes, M.D.

Richard Hodes

Director, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Bethesda, Maryland

Richard J. Hodes, M.D. directs the research program of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health. A leading immunologist, Dr. Hodes was named Director of the NIA in 1993 to oversee studies of the basic, clinical, epidemiological and social aspects of aging. He is dedicated to developing a strong, diverse and balanced research program, focusing on the genetics and biology of aging, investigating aging's behavioral and social aspects and reducing disease and disability - including Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive change.

Dr. Hodes is a graduate of Yale University and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He completed training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and in Oncology at the National Cancer Institute. An author of more than 250 research papers, he is an influential scientist in and contributor to the field of immunology.