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Research Activities

Our programs, projects and other research activities tackle ongoing challenges in translational research so that new treatments and other health solutions can reach people faster.

Research Activities at NCATS

Through our research activities, we overcome roadblocks that slow progress on developing treatments for many different diseases and that can lead to inequities in clinical outcomes. Explore the range of initiatives we support at NCATS and beyond.

3-D Tissue Bioprinting Program

Our scientists are creating and using 3-D printing techniques to make tissue models that closely resemble the complex structure and organization of our cells.

Assay Development and Screening Technology (ADST)

Our scientists explore and develop new ways to quickly test and screen potential drug candidates, often in collaboration with disease foundations.

Matrix Combination Screening

Our experts use matrix combination screening technology to quickly identify promising drug combinations with the most potential to help patients.

Stem Cell Translation Laboratory (SCTL)

Our experts develop methods and standards to use stem cell technology (using cells derived from skin or blood) to advance treatment approaches.

The Helping to End Addiction Long-termĀ® Initiative, or NIH HEAL InitiativeĀ®

As part of the NIH HEAL Initiative, we are applying our translational science approaches to accelerate the development of new treatments for opioid misuse, addiction and pain management.

Tissue Chip for Drug Screening

This program funds the development and testing of models built from human cells for predicting drug safety and toxicity before clinical testing in people.

Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21)

Our experts are part of this federal collaboration that aims to rapidly test whether substances are harmful to people.

Last updated on April 19, 2024