Meeting Announcement: Enhancing the Discipline of Clinical and Translational Research

Notice Number: NOT-RR-05-006

Key Dates
Release Date: May 2, 2005
Meeting Date: May 23, 2005

Issued by
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), (http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/)

Advances in basic and clinical sciences create opportunities for new treatments and cures for the 21 st Century. Yet, clinical and translational research has become increasingly difficult to perform. The NIH Roadmap Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise seeks to accelerate and strengthen the clinical and translational research process and is working toward improving the clinical research enterprise by establishing an integrated infrastructure that will better serve the evolving field of scientific discovery. Through discussions with deans of academic health centers and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, the NIH recognizes that a broader re-engineering effort would create greater opportunity by catalyzing the development of a new discipline of clinical and translational sciences and integrating certain NIH Roadmap initiatives. The result will be a bolder transforming vision for 21st Century. T he National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) will lead this new effort on behalf of the NIH Roadmap Re-engineering the Clinical Research Enterprise initiative.

The NCRR seeks participation of the clinical and translational research community in this effort and will host a meeting entitled ‘Enhancing the Discipline of Clinical and Translational Research' at the Double Tree Crystal City National Airport Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA 22202 on May 23, 2005, 9 am – 3 pm. The meeting will allow participants to learn about the new opportunities that are being considered by NIH, and solicit suggestions as to how NIH can foster the clinical and translational sciences into a new academic discipline; promote the training and career pathways of clinical and translational investigators; allow for the more comprehensive integration and expansion of resources for clinical and translational research; and also improve inter-institutional collaborations. Interested parties may submit written comments prior to the meeting to the NCRR Division for Clinical Research Resources or by e-mail to Robert.Star@nih.gov.

Space is available for 280 participants at this meeting and registration will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Institutions are asked to send no more than two representatives to the meeting. To register on or after May 2, visit the web page for the meeting at http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/clinicaldiscipline.asp. Links to this web page will also be available via the NCRR (http://www.ncrr.nih.gov) and NIH Roadmap (http://www.nihroadmap.nih.gov) web sites. A limited number of rooms are being held for the night of Sunday May 22 for participants who may need them. Applicants who cannot be accommodated in the meeting room will be able to watch a videocast (http://www.videocast.nih.gov) of the meeting and will be able to submit comments by e-mail (Robert.Star@nih.gov) before or during the webcast.

Inquiries

Robert A. Star, M.D.
Senior Advisor for Clinical and Translational Sciences
National Center for Research Resources
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
One Democracy Plaza, Room 922
6701 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 (USPS)
Bethesda, MD 20817 (express)


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