Francis Collins, the current NIH director who I affectionately call BoHonkeyPmpStick, put out a piece in Science Translational Medicine about the newly proposed NIH IC, the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS). According to Collins, the mission of NCATS is to
“catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing, and implementation of diagnostics, therapeutics, and devices across a wide range of human diseases and conditions.“
To my knowledge, NCATS sphere of influence will include the CTSA program, Offices of Rare Diseases Research, Cures Acceleration Network, Therapeutics for Rare and Neglected Diseases, and the FDA-NIH regulatory science collaboration. To my knowledge NCATS will absorb programs mainly from National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and some from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), probably with respect to GWAS is my guess.
Interesting article that boils down to BoHonkeyPimpStick trying to prime the scientific community for NCATS and to stoke the fire in the translational sciences folks, who are almost as whiney as all these neuroscience or deep-sequencing assholes.