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National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences | Catalyzing Innovation
Volume 06 • Issue 2 • February 23, 2017

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“Translation is a team sport.” This is never more true than in research on rare diseases (defined as affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S.) since people affected by, and researchers working on, any particular rare disease are by definition few and far between. 


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NCATS Seeks Applications to Repurpose Existing Drugs 

In collaboration with AstraZeneca and Janssen Research & Development, LLC, NCATS is seeking applications to explore new treatments for patients using existing experimental drugs or biologics. Through its NIH-Industry Partnerships initiative, NCATS will support public-private partnerships by making a selection of industry assets available to test ideas for new therapeutic uses. Read more >

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CTSA Program Hubs Collaborate on Regulatory Expertise

Three North Carolina Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program hubs recently collaborated to create a platform for sharing regulatory expertise. Regulatory Guidance for Academic Research of Drugs and Devices features a best practices website to help researchers better navigate the complex regulatory environment in translational science. Read more >

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Rare Disease Day at NIH Feb. 27, 2017 #RDDNIH

Don’t Miss Rare Disease Day at NIH on Feb. 27, 2017

Rare Disease Day at NIH is just days away: If you can’t attend in person on Feb. 27, 2017, watch the live webcast to learn more about how research collaborations are making a difference. Patients and their advocates, scientists, and government leaders — including Rep. Leonard Lance, Rare Disease Congressional Caucus co-chair — will participate. Read more >

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CTSA Program Good Clinical Practice Standards Published

Investigators leading the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program good clinical practice (GCP) standards initiative recently published three papers in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. GCP incorporates established ethical and scientific quality standards for the design, conduct, recording and reporting of clinical research involving the participation of human subjects. Read more >

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Meet More NCATS Staff

Anne R. Pariser, M.D., is the new deputy director of the NCATS Office of Rare Diseases Research. Stacia H. Fleisher, M.P.P., is the deputy director of NCATS’ Office of Grants Management. Learn more about these and other staff members via NCATS Staff Profiles >

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