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Politicizing pediatric research ?>

Politicizing pediatric research

A seemingly innocuous new bill, the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Act (H.R. 2019) sponsored by Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Va., is up for a vote in the U.S. House today and it is causing quite a stir. The bill is named in honor of Gabriella Miller, a ten year old that recently passed away from brain cancer and advocated strongly for increased funding for pediatric cancer research, and it would allow $12.5 million to be authorized to the National Institutes…

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Reddit "Ask Me Anything" with NCATS director ?>

Reddit "Ask Me Anything" with NCATS director

Are you interested in talking about the research process on rare diseases with the director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences? Now you can seize your opportunity to ask anything on Reddit. NCATS is the newest center of the National Institutes of Health that was established “to transform the translational science process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster.” Christopher P. Austin, M.D., the NCATS director, will be joined by Amy Dockser…

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UPDATE: NIH-pharma collaboration expanded ?>

UPDATE: NIH-pharma collaboration expanded

Last month the National Institutes of Health announced a new partnership between three independent pharmaceutical companies and the newly established National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Since then five more companies have joined the partnership. Abbott, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Pharmaceutical Research & Development and Sanofi have joined Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Eli Lilly in the Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules program. The partnership gives academic investigators access to compounds that the companies have developed and tested but failed…

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NIH announces partnership with pharma to find new uses for “orphan” drugs ?>

NIH announces partnership with pharma to find new uses for “orphan” drugs

The National Institutes of Health on May 3 announced a new pilot program between the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and three major pharmaceutical companies in order to advance drug development. Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca and Eli Lilly have agreed to give academic researchers access to 20 compounds that passed through safety studies but didn’t make it beyond midstage clinical trials. The program utilizes the idea of “crowdsourcing” in the hope that outside researchers will be able to develop new…

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NIH appropriations hearings in the House and Senate ?>

NIH appropriations hearings in the House and Senate

This month, for the first time in almost two years, the appropriations subcommittees on labor, health and human services and education in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate held hearings on the National Institutes of Health. On March 20, members of the House subcommittee heard testimony from NIH Director Francis Collins on the fiscal 2013 budget for the NIH and the development of the new NIH center, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. In their opening statements,…

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NIH outlines future of NCRR grants on the heels of NCATS creation ?>

NIH outlines future of NCRR grants on the heels of NCATS creation

The National Institutes of Health is moving full steam ahead with plans to establish the new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The NCATS formation represents the largest reorganization at the NIH in more than a decade, and NIH leadership is eager to bring this new center online. Transparency appears to be a key issue in the NCATS reorganization, possibly in response to the controversy raised over the seemingly hasty pace with which NIH moved to establish NCATS. Now that…

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New NIH Center Mentioned in President’s Speech ?>

New NIH Center Mentioned in President’s Speech

On Saturday, September 17, President Obama gave at speech at Thomas Jefferson High School in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC while signing into law the America Invents Act, which among other things, restructured the nation’s patent process.  During his speech, President Obama said the following: “We live in a world that is changing so rapidly, companies like the ones represented here today, they can set up shop anywhere where there’s an Internet connection.  And if we want startups here…

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NCATS Budget Details Finally Released ?>

NCATS Budget Details Finally Released

Months after recommending the creation of the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science, the National Institutes of Health have finally outlined the expected budget for the new entity.  On Monday, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius sent a letter to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (which funds the NIH) detailing the expected budgetary outlays for NCATS in FY12.  Importantly, though…

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Organizational Changes Proposed at NIH ?>

Organizational Changes Proposed at NIH

The National Institutes of Health are poised to undergo their first major reorganization in nearly a decade.  In a statement posted on the agency website on Nov. 18, Director Francis Collins described recommendations made by the NIH Scientific Management Review Board to merge the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism into a single entity focused on addiction.  According to Collins, the new institute, which would also include addiction-related programs currently in the…

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