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Research

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A Promising Step in the Fight Against Lethal Childhood Brain Cancers

Researchers have identified a promising two-drug combination to treat deadly childhood brain cancers known as diffuse midline gliomas. The drug pair both kills cancer cells and counters the effects of a genetic mutation that causes the diseases.

Microscopic image of a mouse brain showing blood vessels, nerve cells and the plaques that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Ketogenic Diet Leads to Cognitive Improvement in Patients with Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

NCATS-supported researchers tested the hypothesis that ketones could offer an alternate energy source for the brain in people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study found improved brain function in people with mild AD after a three-month ketogenic diet.

Strategic Alliances & Licensing

Supporting technology development and partnerships to disseminate promising new approaches.

Patient/Community Engagement & Health Information

Engaging patients in every step of the research process to build trust and improve study quality.

Strategic Alliances & Licensing

Supporting technology development and partnerships to disseminate promising new approaches.

Patient/Community Engagement & Health Information

Engaging patients in every step of the research process to build trust and improve study quality.

Research at NCATS

NCATS research projects and initiatives focus on addressing scientific and technical challenges to reduce, remove, or bypass bottlenecks in the development of new treatments and tests that will ultimately improve human health.  The Center studies translation on a system-wide level to accelerate the development of interventions for more than one disease.

Through its research initiatives, NCATS develops new approaches, technologies, resources, and models; demonstrates their usefulness in a specific disease or case study; and disseminates the data, analyses the methods to the larger scientific community.

NIH-NASA Biomedical Research Activities

NIH and NASA are exploring how biomedical research can address the challenges of deep space exploration and benefit human health in space and on Earth.