Much of the research on human subjects is sponsored by public and private organizations or foundations. For example, public support for research and training programs that benefit older Americans comes from federal agencies such as the Administration on Aging, the Office of Nursing Home Affairs, the National Institute on Aging, and the Department of Education. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), in particular, sponsors biological research on Alzheimer's disease, osteoporosis, drug reactions in older people, and prosthetic devices. In its research support functions, the NIA tries to strike a balance between medicine, biology, psychology, and other sciences concerned with aging. Basic research on aging conducted by specialists in geriatrics, gerontology, and other professions is also sponsored by the British Council on Aging and similar organizations in other countries.
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