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National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences | Catalyzing Innovation
Volume 06 • Issue 03 • March 23, 2017

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The workings of living things are replete with teamwork. Strands of DNA pair in complementary symmetry, proteins work with each other to turn on genes in exquisitely specific patterns, enzymes modify their molecular partners in a myriad of ways critical to life...


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NCATS Achieves Milestone to Speed Multisite Clinical Studies

All Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program sites have signed on to the NCATS Streamlined, Multisite, Accelerated Resources for Trials Institutional Review Board authorization agreement, making it possible to initiate multisite clinical studies within weeks instead of months. Read more >

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Members of the collaborative Niemann-Pick type C1 project team

Scientist-Patient Advocate Team Advances NPC1 Research

Government and academic scientists teamed with parents and other patient advocates to advance research on the deadly rare disease Niemann-Pick type C1 (NPC1). Working in tandem, the collaborative team has developed a candidate drug treatment for NPC1 that currently is being tested in patients. Read more >

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Exhibitor at 2017 Rare Disease Day at NIH speaks to an event participant

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Hundreds of patients, advocates, caregivers and researchers participated in Rare Disease Day at NIH on Feb. 27, 2017. Hosted by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center, the event featured powerful presentations, remarks by NIH and congressional leadership, posters and exhibits, tours of the Clinical Center, and more. View photos >

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University of Florida research scientists

From Clinician to Translational Scientist via NCATS Support 

Many hospital clinicians are interested in pursuing research, but they often do not have sufficient training or time to devote to such endeavors. Thanks to NCATS’ Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program support, a University of Florida clinician is finding a way forward. Read more >

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Portraits of Michelle Culp and Patricia Dranchak

Meet More NCATS Staff

Michelle A. Culp, M.P.H., is director of clinical operations in NCATS’ Division of Clinical Innovation. Patricia K. Dranchak, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist in NCATS’ Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation. Learn more about these and other staff members via NCATS Staff Profiles >

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