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Policy Corner: NIH to Create Translational Science Center

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced last week that they are moving forward with a plan to create a new center focused on translational science. NIH Director Francis Collins called the decision “a momentous occasion” and projects that creating the center could be completed in about one year.

The center, which was proposed by NIH’s Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB – a panel established by the 2006 NIH reauthorization bill), would comprise the Clinical and Translational Science Awards program (currently part of the National Center for Research Resources), along with translational research and resources programs such as the Molecular Libraries Program, Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases, Rapid Access to Interventional Development, NIH-FDA partnerships and the recently created Cures Acceleration Network. Creating this center was recommended by the Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (TMAT) working group, a subset of SMRB that includes seven directors and senior members of the scientific community. more

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