On July 6th, Francis Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the NIH, set forth a vision for advancing translational science in a Commentary published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The centerpiece of the new vision is the establishment of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). Collins envisions NCATS as a way to spur a new translational paradigm thereby improving the development of drugs, diagnostics and devices. The commentary noted that NCATS will compliment current NIH and private translational research. Dr. Collins also states the NIH will continue its strong commitment to basic research. He believes the "virtuous cycle" between basic and applied research may be sped up by the NCATS model, allowing new and interesting basic science problems to emerge.
NCATS will require participation and partnerships from academia, industry, patient advocacy groups, regulatory agencies, and philanthropies in order to drive forward the science of translational medicine. As such, NIH seeks comment on the new vision for the translational science at NIH. The SRS strongly encourages you to provide your feedback to NIH on the development of NCATS. You may submit a comment by clicking the following link: http://feedback.nih.gov/index.php/ncats/stm_commentary/