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National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences | Catalyzing Innovation
Volume 05 • Issue 08 • August 25, 2016

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An oft-cited component of NCATS’ mission is getting more treatments to more patients more quickly. It’s tempting to assume that once a potentially life-saving therapy is developed in the laboratory, shown to be safe and effective in human trials and enters...


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NCATS Small Business Award Seeds Medication App

Even the most promising drugs fail when patients don’t take them as prescribed. To help address this translational research problem, an NCATS Small Business Innovation Research awardee developed a smartphone application that helps patients take the right medication at the right time. Read more >

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Monica Kasbekar, Michael Gormally and Ian Goldlust

Students Use NCATS Resources for Disease Therapies

Since 2012, the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars training program has enabled future scientists to work with NCATS researchers to translate promising new therapies. Three students — Monica Kasbekar, Michael Gormally and Ian Goldlust — have harnessed NCATS’ assay development and high-throughput screening capabilities to identify potential new therapeutics for cancers and tuberculosis. Read more >

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Ali Torkamani and Galina Erikson

CTSA Program Supports Healthy Aging Research

Scripps Translational Science Institute researchers led efforts to sequence and compare the genomes of 511 healthy agers — deemed the “Wellderly” — and a representative group of 686 older adults. The Wellderly had reduced genetic susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting protection against cognitive decline is one genetic feature of healthy aging. Read more >

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Tour of NCATS lab

NCATS Teaches Biomedical Graduate Students about Translational Science

In August 2016, NCATS pre-clinical researchers Matthew Hall, Ph.D., Craig Thomas, Ph.D., and Pepper Bonney provided translational science training, including a tour of the NCATS laboratories, to biomedical science graduate students participating in an NIH summer research program. Many of the students were from diverse backgrounds or had faced socioeconomic adversity. Tour NCATS' Labs >

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Meet More NCATS Staff

Erica K. Rosemond, Ph.D., is a program director in NCATS’ Division of Clinical Innovation. Christopher J. Dillon, M.S., is the Center’s Office of Strategic Alliances technology development administrative specialist. Learn more about these and other NCATS staff members via NCATS Staff Profiles >

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