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NIH shores up plan to axe resource center and open new translational hub

Cross posted from Nature Medicine’s Spoonful of Medicine blog. It’s official. Before the end of the year, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) plans to dissolve its National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and open a new center devoted to translational research. Speaking at a NCRR advisory council meeting on 25 January, Lawrence Tabak, deputy director of the NIH and co-director of the NCCR task force, presented a tentative framework for breaking up of the center, redistributing its programs and budgets, and reassigning all NCRR employees to comparable positions within the agency. NIH officials first disclosed the plan to 


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