NCATS Update from His Majesty Collins

Jul 12 2011 Published by under NIH

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.


2 responses so far

  • Marian Arabidopsis says:

    JAJAJAJAJA, LOL.... Just finishing my second Arabidopsis Proyecto (grant) which is due in less than a week. I wish the Committee had mercy on me.. maybe I am also a whiney plant biologist asshole.

    While taking a break on my writing, I came across this post and I tell you... it has been very relaxing to imagine His Majesty Francis giving out his wonderful Epiphany gifts to his whiney kids ( otherwise whiney little assholes).

    In Mexico, the Epiphany is a great event for kids. And with the Epiphany we have " la cabalgata de los Reyes Magos". The "Reyes Magos" are 3 kings and their names: Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar. As a kid, the one I adored more was, of course, the first one, Melchor, riding his beautiful white horse, all smiley. I used to harass my parents three days ahead of time on not to be late for the calbagata as to be as close as possible to the "Candies Sprinkler King"... That was King Melchor.. I would have never imagined that, in 2011 financially strained year, King Melchor would be riding his white horse more smiley than ever but without candies.

    Dearest His Majesty Francis,

    It is OK not to have candies this year. But please, don't leave behind my Arabidopsis grant !. I want it and it is awesome !.



  • Marian, I don't know what to tell you but good luck on the grant. And other stuff.

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