Notice of NIH Office of Rare Diseases Opportunities for Researchers to Translate New Genetic Tests from Laboratory to Clinical Testing: Collaboration, Education, and Test Translation (CETT) Program

Notice Number: NOT-OD-08-084

Key Dates
Release Date:  July 3, 2008

Issued by
National Institutes of Health, Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), (


This notice is to inform the research community of a pilot resource program established by the NIH ORD, the Collaboration, Education, and Genetic Test Translation (CETT) Program  The program was created to facilitate the translation of genetic tests from the research setting to Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified laboratories.  The CETT Program promotes genetic test translation through collaborations among clinicians, laboratories, researchers, and disease-specific advocacy group.  Researchers play a critical role in the genetic test translation process from a new gene or assay to a clinical diagnostic test utilized in clinical diagnosis and possible care management decisions.  The new CETT funding guidelines further support the researcher’s role in this collaboration.  More information can be found on the CETT Program Web site above or e-mail   Through the CETT Program, researchers working on rare diseases can obtain help with forming a relationship with a CLIA-approved laboratory and patient advocate group.  Researchers will be able to:


Inquiries on the NIH ORD CETT Program can be made by contacting

Giovanna M. Spinella, MD
Program Consultant/CETT Program Director
Office of Rare Diseases, OD, NIH
6100 Executive Blvd., Room 3B01
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone:  301 402-4336/301 496-0139
Fax:  301 480-9655

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