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…

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…

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…

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…

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…