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An NCATS scientist prepares samples for high-throughput screening. (Daniel Soñé Photography, LLC, Photo)

Finding What’s Common Among Diseases, Seeing the Bigger Picture

NCATS scientists are identifying common characteristics among diseases and applying this knowledge to understand multiple human diseases and conditions.


Dorian Cheff holds a well plate in NCATS’ laboratory.

NCATS Ignites Translational Science Spark for Young Investigators

Meet three graduate students working collaboratively on research projects with NCATS and university scientists from England and Sweden.


Spinal cord neurons and brain blood vessel cells interact on a tissue chip.

Tissue Chips Help Uncover Clues to How Cells “Talk” to Each Other

NIH-supported researchers at Cedars-Sinai have used stem cells and 3-D tissue chips to mimic conditions in the development of the human spinal cord.


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NCATS pre-clinical programs and resources focus on key obstacles and inefficiencies in the translational process, overcoming bottlenecks that slow the development of new treatments for patients.

Learn more about how to access NCATS programs and expertise.

Pre-Clinical Innovation

NCATS develops novel approaches to improve the process of joining basic science discoveries with initial testing of therapies in humans.

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Improving the Drug Development Process

Creating and testing innovative methods to improve and accelerate the drug development process and find new treatments for patients faster.

Repurposing Drugs

Discovering new uses for approved drugs to provide the quickest possible transition from bench to bedside.

Testing & Predictive Models

Developing better model systems for drug and toxicity testing.

Core Technologies

Using state-of-the-art resources to enable the ongoing operation of all NCATS translational research activities.

Inside the NCATS Laboratories

Anton Simeonov, Ph.D., and a high-throughput screening robot.

Take a video tour of our labs and see firsthand how our researchers work to get more treatments to more patients more quickly.