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Director's Corner

Get to know the NCATS director, including her goals and priorities for the center.

Director's Message

In her latest message, NCATS Director Joni Rutter describes the translational science principles NCATS used to build more accurate models for drug discovery and development.

About Our Director

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Joni L. Rutter, Ph.D., sets the vision, direction, planning, and execution of the center’s complex, multifaceted programs.

Hear From the Director

Previous Director's Messages

June 27, 2023: How NCATS Tackles Persistent Problems in Translation 

How NCATS Tackles Persistent Problems in Translation NCATS addresses long-standing bottlenecks in the translational research pipeline.

April 19, 2023: NCATS’ New Strategic Plan Will Chart a Path for Realizing Our Audacious Goals

Joni Rutter shares her goals for NCATS’ next strategic plan and ways the translational science community can build it together.

February 6, 2023: Five Lessons NCATS Learned During the Pandemic

Joni Rutter reflects on NCATS’ COVID-19 activities and the insights we gained that can ready us for the future.

Our Impact

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We conduct and support research and other activities that address long-standing challenges in translational research so that new treatments and other health solutions reach people faster.