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National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences | Catalyzing Innovation
Volume 05 • Issue 12 • December 22, 2016

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NCATS celebrates its fifth birthday this month, providing us the opportunity to reflect on the remarkable progress of the last five years and share our plans for an even more transformative future. On Dec. 23, 2011, NCATS was officially established. It was...


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NCATS’ Five-Year Anniversary Highlights

NCATS was officially established on Dec. 23, 2011, to transform the translational science process so that new treatments and cures for diseases can be delivered to patients faster. The Center’s work spans the entire translational science spectrum, and much has been accomplished in the past five years.
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Turning Up the Volume on Quiet Genes

NCATS and Harvard Medical School scientists recently collaborated to screen 367,000 compounds to identify combinations that could turn on silenced genes on an X chromosome. As reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this research potentially could lead to new therapies for females with diseases stemming from faulty genes.
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NIH I-Corps Training Helps NCATS Grantees

Leaders from two NCATS-supported small biotechnology companies recently participated in NIH Innovation Corps (I-Corps) programs on how to better navigate the challenges of product development. The eight-week I-Corps course helps scientists who want to better understand potential business customers to best focus research efforts. Read more >

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Rare Disease Day at NIH February 27, 2017 #RDDNIH

Register Now for Rare Disease Day at NIH

Rare Disease Day at NIH is Feb. 27, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Sponsored by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center, the annual event is designed to raise awareness about rare diseases, the patients they affect, and NIH research collaborations. Read more >

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Meet More NCATS Staff

Wei Zheng, Ph.D., is a biology group leader for NCATS’ Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases program. Angie Cruz-Albertorio, M.B.A., is the director of NCATS’ Intramural Administrative Services. Learn more about these and other staff members via
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