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Translating Translation

NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, M.D., defines, distinguishes and explores the promise of translation, translational research and translational science.

First NCATS Day Demonstrates Commitment to Patients

NCATS hosted an inaugural event to identify patients’ needs and brainstorm ways to foster engagement at every step of the translational science spectrum.

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The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) — one of 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — was established to transform the translational process so that new treatments and cures for disease can be delivered to patients faster. Learn more.

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Center Overview

Discover more about NCATS, its director and staff, and job and training opportunities.

NCATS Programs & Initiatives

Review a list of all the innovative programs and initiatives that NCATS supports.

Advisory Groups

Find more details about the two federal advisory groups that provide input and guidance to NCATS leadership.

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Learn about the various ways to advance your project with NCATS support — or join a Center-led effort to improve translation.

About the National Center for Advancing Translational Science

NCATS is all about getting more treatments to more patients more quickly. Several thousand genetic diseases affect humans, of which only about 500 have any treatment. A novel drug can take 10 to 15 years and more than $2 billion to develop, and failure rates occur in about 95 percent of human studies. NCATS is directly addressing this problem by discovering new technologies and other approaches that could greatly accelerate the process of developing and deploying solutions that can be used by all translational researchers. Learn more about NCATS.

NCATS studies translation on a system-wide level as a scientific and operational problem. Learn more about translation and its challenges.