Media Advisory

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NCATS Advisory Council Working Group to release findings about IOM’s report on CTSA Program


Co-Chairs of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advisory Council Working Group on the Institute of Medicine report about the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program will be available to discuss conclusions


  • Ronald J. Bartek, President/Director/Co-Founder, Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), Working Group Co-Chair
  • Mary L. (Nora) Disis, M.D., Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Working Group Co-Chair
  • Scott J. Weir, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Director, Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Working Group Co-Chair


Friday, May 16, 2014, 12:45 p.m. ET


Members of the media may contact Bobbi Gardner in the NCATS Office of Communications for dial-in information. She can be reached at 301-443-9919 or


The Working Group members will present their findings at the NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board Meeting the morning of May 16, 2014. To view the full meeting agenda, including videocast access information, visit For an electronic copy of the full Working Group report, which will be available the morning of May 16, please e-mail For more about the CTSA program, visit

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