National Institutes of Health executive speaks at VCU

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Christopher P. Austin, director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health, gave a public presentation at Virginia Commonwealth University about the role of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program in advancing translational research.

During his presentation, Austin said that translational science is a team sport that requires a team of expert members. He also talked about how NCATS is a catalyst, convener, adaptor and innovator with core values of collaboration and demonstrably useful deliverables.

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The NCATS mission is to catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing and implementation of interventions that tangibly improve human health across a wide range of human diseases and conditions.

The CTSA program is housed within the NCATS Division of Clinical Innovation. In 2010, VCU received a $20 million CTSA grant and joined the national consortium of 62 research institutions working toward accelerating discoveries toward better health.

The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) is home for the VCU CTSA grant. The center provides the necessary infrastructure and resources for interdisciplinary human health research.

The CCTR encourages, engages and supports collaborative participation of investigators and students throughout the university, community partners and volunteers in the Richmond region, and government organizations to work together on innovative research that transforms the scientific study of human health.