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February 17, 2022: Rare Diseases Have a Home at NCATS

NCATS Acting Director Dr. Joni Rutter promotes Rare Disease Day at NIH and shares two key areas of rare diseases research that need to be addressed.

January 19, 2022: The Decade Ahead: More Treatments for All People More Quickly

NCATS Acting Director Dr. Joni Rutter reflects on NCATS’ 10th anniversary and her vision for developing more treatments for all people more quickly.

November 4, 2021: Accelerating Health Solutions for All: Reflections on NCATS and ARPA-H

Dr. Joni Rutter reflects on NCATS’ mission ahead of the Center’s 10-year anniversary and discusses the proposed new medical research agency, the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H).

October 5, 2021: Dr. Collins’ Impact on NIH, NCATS and Beyond

Joni L. Rutter, Ph.D., reflects on the accomplishments of NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., who announced his plans to step down from his position at the end of the year.

July 30, 2021: NCATS Is Preparing for Tomorrow’s Pandemics Today

NCATS will collaborate with federal agencies, academic researchers and the private sector in the Antiviral Program for Pandemics and apply its proficiency in drug discovery and development to accelerate antiviral development.

June 3, 2021: NCATS and Translational Science: Contributing to a Post-COVID-19 Pandemic World

Joni L. Rutter, Ph.D., reflects on lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and what comes next. She highlights NCATS’ efforts to combat the pandemic and how they can be applied to all diseases.

April 15, 2021: The work of translational science has just begun

Christopher P. Austin, M.D., reflects on his 10 years as NCATS director in his last message. He highlights some of NCATS’ accomplishments since the Center was created a decade ago.

March 18, 2021: Dr. Christopher P. Austin to step down as NCATS director

Christopher P. Austin, M.D., will step down as NCATS director on April 15, 2021. Deputy Director Joni L. Rutter, Ph.D., will serve as acting director while a national search for the new NCATS director is underway.

February 26, 2021: Informatics: The ultimate translational team sport

NCATS’ translational teams from data science and informatics are transforming large quantities of data into actionable information.

January 28, 2021: Bringing urgency to the public health issue of rare diseases

NCATS is committed to raising awareness about rare diseases and identifying treatments to address this urgent public health issue. The annual Rare Disease Day at NIH event held this year on March 1, offers an opportunity to advance this mission.

Last updated on April 19, 2024