The purpose of NCATS Day: Partnering with Patients for Smarter Science was to inform patients and their advocates about NCATS, including its philosophy and programmatic approaches; identify patient needs; and collectively discuss ways for improved patient inclusion in NCATS’ translational science activities.
2017 Event Information
The first NCATS Day: Partnering with Patients for Smarter Science was held on June 30, 2017, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The full-day event featured presentations, interactive activities and a poster session to provide more details about NCATS programs and initiatives. Designed for patients, families, caregivers and patient advocacy groups, the event fostered an open dialogue among patients and their advocates to discuss common translational science roadblocks, brainstorm ideas for improvement and apply that knowledge to strengthen patient and community engagement at NCATS.
Event objectives included:
- Educate patients about how they can interact with NCATS
- Educate NCATS on how to develop and strengthen patient and community engagement
- Provide tangible avenues for communication and research collaboration with NCATS
Event goals included:
- Identifying patient needs
- Aligning them with patient community engagement activities within NCATS’ programs
- Identifying gaps in patient community engagement where needs are not being met
- Brainstorming possible improvements and developing potential solutions together