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March 2018

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Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery

March 26-27, 2018

March 26
William F. Bolger Center
9600 Newbridge Drive
Potomac, Maryland 20854

March 27
9800 Medical Center Drive
Building B, 3rd Floor Boardroom
Rockville, Maryland 20850

NCATS is supporting this two-day workshop that will cover a broad range of critical concepts underlying assay development for high-throughput screening and lead discovery projects, along with hands-on data analysis training. This workshop, which will feature presentations by several NCATS staff members and scientists from pharmaceutical companies, is designed to disseminate critical information about the implementation of robust assay methods and is particularly relevant for researchers developing bioassays for the discovery of drugs or chemical probes. Many of the workshop instructors have 20 to 30 years of experience in the field of drug discovery.

Along with the Assay Guidance Manual, this workshop will be a valuable resource for academic, industrial and government laboratory scientists who are developing test methods for low- or high-throughput screening that are amenable to automation using appropriate statistical and operational concepts. It will also be beneficial to early career researchers and experienced investigators who wish to learn about the latest assay concepts for high-throughput screening and lead optimization.

Registration is free and available on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to register no later than March 19, 2018.

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Organs- and Tissues-on-Chips Conference

April 8-12, 2018
Big Sky Resort
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT 59716

NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, M.D., and Associate Director for Special Initiatives Danilo A. Tagle, Ph.D., M.S., will discuss the Center’s Tissue Chip for Drug Screening program during Keystone Symposia’s Organs- and Tissues-on-Chips Conference on April 8-12, 2018. Sponsored by AstraZeneca, this conference will cover ongoing efforts and various applications of tissue-on-chips technology to studies in precision medicine, environmental exposures, reproduction and development, and cancer and for use at the International Space Station.

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NCATS Advisory Council and CAN Review Board Meeting

May 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET

National Institutes of Health (Main Campus)
Building 31C, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

The NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board will convene a joint meeting on May 10, 2018, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting will feature presentations by NCATS leadership and invited guests. For more information about the Advisory Council and CAN Review Board, visit the NCATS Advisory Council page and the Cures Acceleration Network Review Board page of this site.


Addressing the Opioid Crisis Through Translational Science “Un-Meeting”

June 2, 2018
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET

University of Rochester
Saunders Research Building
265 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, New York 14642

Hosted by the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC), which is supported by NCATS through its Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program, this meeting will bring together researchers, clinicians, policymakers, public health professionals, health care innovators, opinion leaders and others to discuss and develop innovative approaches to address the opioid crisis through translational science. This “un-meeting” will not have a traditional meeting structure; rather, the participants will create and drive the agenda and discussions. The event will foster new collaborative teams and networks to generate ideas that can advance research to reduce the misuse and abuse of opioids, while exploring innovative approaches to improve outcomes for those affected by this epidemic.

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