Category Archive: announcement

Join NCATS for Rare Disease Day at NIH


Rare diseases affect an estimated 25 million Americans. On Feb. 27, 2017, NIH will host an event designed to raise awareness about rare diseases, the people they affect and current research collaborations. Sponsored by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Masur Auditorium in Building 10 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The event will feature presentations, posters, exhibits, an art show and tours of the NIH Clinical Center. Admission is free and open to the public. In association with Global Genes®, participants are encouraged … Continue reading

NCATS Funding Opportunity: CTSA Program Coordination Center


NCATS is committing up to $4 million in fiscal year 2017 to fund a coordination center to support Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program activities. The CTSA Program supports an innovative national network of medical research institutions — called “hubs” — that work together to improve the translational research process to get more treatments to more patients more quickly. CTSA Program hubs collaborate locally and regionally to catalyze innovation in training, research tools and processes. The coordination center will facilitate development, testing and implementation of innovative approaches to: Collect and manage data to gauge and improve the impact of CTSA Program … Continue reading

Delivering Blood by Drone


STUDY SHOWS BLOOD PRODUCTS UNAFFECTED BY DRONE TRIPS –Drone travel can reduce time, resources required for transporting blood products In what is believed to be the first proof-of-concept study of its kind, Johns Hopkins researchers have determined that large bags of blood products, such as those transfused into patients every day, can maintain temperature and cellular integrity while transported by drones. In a report about the findings, published ahead of print in the journal Transfusion in November, the investigators say the findings add to evidence that remotely piloted drones are an effective, safe and timely way to quickly get blood … Continue reading

NCATS SBIR Twitter Chat


Participate in an NCATS Twitter Chat about SBIR/STTR Funding Through Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) supports entrepreneurs aiming to commercialize new tools and technologies that can improve translational research and patient health. NCATS SBIR/STTR Program Director Lili Portilla, M.P.A., and SCBIO (South Carolina BIO) representatives will host a Twitter chat to answer questions about NCATS’ funding opportunities, and share tips for applying and other advice for those in emerging biotech communities. To participate, sign on to Twitter Monday, Dec. 12, 2:00 p.m. ET, and … Continue reading

ICTR Joins the Trial Innovation Network


The Trial Innovation Network is a new collaborative initiative within the CTSA Program and is composed of three key organizational partners – the CTSA Program Hubs, the Trial Innovation Centers (TICs), and the Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC). The vision for the Trial Innovation Network is to innovatively address critical roadblocks in clinical trials and accelerate the translation of novel interventions into life-saving therapies. The Trial Innovation Network is a collaborative national network that focuses on operational innovation, operational excellence and collaboration and will leverage the expertise and resources of the CTSA Program. The Trial Innovation Network will feature a single … Continue reading