Translational Medicine at NIH

On July 6th, the journal Science Translational Medicine published a commentary written by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins, describing in detail his plans for a new National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at NIH, which PAN strongly supports.

The mission of NCATS will be to move high-need medical cures through the development pipeline faster – giving hope to millions of patients and their families throughout the country.  NCATS will allow researchers unmatched opportunities to focus on the reengineering of the translational process, and will complement translational research being carried out elsewhere in NIH and the private sector.  The establishment of NCATS will connect expertise from the public and private sectors in a spirit of cooperation and precompetitive transparency.

Through the hard work of PAN advocates and coalition partners, NCATS received a Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 appropriation of approximately $576 million.  NIH is moving ahead to complete the necessary preliminary work of establishing NCATS, with current focus on appointing an NCATS Director.  For additional information, see here.