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August 2018

September 2018

August 2018

The Growing Promise of Gene Therapy Approaches to Rare Diseases

Aug. 20-21, 2018

National Institutes of Health (Main Campus)
NIH Clinical Center (Bldg. 10), Masur Auditorium
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

NCATS and the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research are co-sponsoring a workshop to review the state of current gene therapy approaches, identify challenges and strategies to overcome them, and discuss how to collaboratively scale and accelerate gene therapy development to benefit patients with rare diseases for which there is no effective treatment.

Proposed panel sessions will focus on (1) pre-clinical development, (2) clinical innovation, (3) manufacturing, (4) partnerships and transitions, (5) business models and patient access, and (6) gene therapy as a precision medicine tool.

There is no admission fee to attend, and the workshop also will be videocast at

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September 2018

Assay Guidance Workshop for High-Throughput Screening and Lead Discovery

September 10-11, 2018

September 10
William F. Bolger Center
9600 Newbridge Drive
Potomac, Maryland 20854

September 11
9800 Medical Center Drive
Building B, 3rd Floor Boardroom
Rockville, Maryland 20850

NCATS is supporting a 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 NCATS staff and scientists from several 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 Sept. 4, 2018. Interested participants can contact Nathan P. Coussens

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Single IRB Review for Multi-Site Research Resource and Infrastructure Development Workshop

Sept. 12, 2018

Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
Eisenhower Room
1750 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852

NIH will host a public workshop on successful strategies and lessons learned for modifying and enhancing institutional review board (IRB) infrastructure for single IRB review of multisite studies. The Final NIH Policy on the Use of a Single IRB for Multi-Site Research establishes the expectation that the domestic sites of all NIH-funded multisite studies involving non-exempt human subjects research will use a single IRB. Although this approach can reduce unnecessary delays and costs, there were some concerns about the resources that would be required to make system-wide changes. To address these concerns, NIH funded seven administrative supplements to develop widely applicable approaches to modify and enhance IRB infrastructure for efficient and effective single IRB review of multisite studies. This workshop will bring those awardees together to share the innovative strategies they have developed.

There is no fee to attend, but seating is limited. Those planning to attend in person must register in advance. The workshop also will be videocast.


NCATS Advisory Council and CAN Review Board Meeting

Sept. 27, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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

The NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board will convene a joint meeting on Sept. 27, 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.

Federal Register Notice

NCATS Day 2018: Engaging Patients and Communities for Smarter Science

Sept. 28, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

National Institutes of Health
William H. Natcher Building (Building 45)
Natcher Conference Center, Rooms E1/E2
45 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

Save the date for NCATS Day 2018. This event provides a forum for sharing and reflecting upon patient and community needs — as well as best practices in addressing those needs — so that the Center can best shape its research priorities, programs and initiatives.

Patients and patient advocates, caregivers, community partners, community health engagement professionals, clinical and translational researchers, NCATS staff and others are encouraged to attend so that they can share and discuss ways to overcome translational research challenges and leverage opportunities through effective patient and community engagement. Participants will learn strategies to broaden participation in research and to incorporate patient and community input into their work.

The full-day event will feature presentations, interactive discussion and activities, and a poster session to provide more details about NCATS programs and initiatives. The event will foster an open dialogue for diverse participants to discuss common roadblocks to translational science, brainstorm ideas for improvement and apply that knowledge to strengthen patient and community engagement at NCATS.

Admission is free, but space is limited, so please register early. Registration information will be posted soon. Join the conversation on Sept. 28, 2018, on Twitter using #NCATSDay.

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