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3-D Printing: Medicine’s New Dimension

3-d printingFeb. 13, 2018

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

NCATS staff will lead a discussion on 3-D printing advancements and its application to biomedical research at an event hosted by the Smithsonian Associates. The event takes place at 6:45 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 13, 2018. NCATS director of automation and compound management, Sam Michael, Ph.D., and Marc Ferrer, Ph.D., who leads biomolecular screening and probe development at NCATS, will discuss such cutting-edge research as tissue engineering, bioprinting and prototyping. They also will explore the complex challenges the technology presents, including speed and scale, complex cellular composition, and the difficulty of connecting blood supply to nerve and printed tissue.

Inside Science program participants also may sign up to tour the 3-D printing facility at NCATS on either Feb. 16 or 17.

For more information, email InsideScience@si.edu.

Website & TicketsAbout the Ripley Center


Rare Disease Day at NIH

Rare Disease Day 2018 logoMarch 1, 2018
8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. ET

NIH Campus
Masur Auditorium, Building 10
NIH Clinical Center
Bethesda, Maryland

Sponsored by NCATS and the NIH Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH will take place on March 1, 2018 in Masur Auditorium, Building 10 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda. NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin, M.D., will provide opening and closing remarks.

The event will feature presentations, posters, exhibits, tours of the NIH Clinical Center and an art show. Admission is free and open to the public. In association with Global Genes, participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of jeans. Be sure to follow the event on social media using #RDDNIH.

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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. Registration information is forthcoming and will be posted soon. Interested participants can contact Nathan Coussens.


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.


  • Dec. 6, 2017: Scholarships
  • Dec. 6, 2017: Discounted Abstracts
  • Jan. 9, 2018: Abstracts
  • Feb. 6, 2018: Discounted Registration

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Last updated: 01-12-2018
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