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Letters to Congress confirm fate of NIH research resources centre

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius minced no words in notifying Congress recently of the demise of the research resources institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to pave the way for a new centre dedicated to translational research.

In a one-paragraph letter sent on January 14 to the chairs of the Congressional committees that govern NIH, Sebelius wrote:

“I have determined it necessary to establish the Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health…..I have further determined that the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) is no longer required, and am notifying you of the transfer of the relevant NCRR functions and programs to the new center in FY 2012.”

The letter, along with another, more detailed missive to the chairs of the spending committees that fund the biomedical agency, was required under a 2007 law that addresses structural changes at the agency. They were released by NIH today. For more on the advent of the NCATS, and the exit of NCRR, see this recent entry.

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