New Director of NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences Named

On September 14, Christopher Austin, M.D. was named director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), the newest of the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) 27 Institutes and Centers.  NIH Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., made the announcement at the inaugural meetings of the NCATS Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Review Board.  Austin will succeed NCATS Acting Director Thomas Insel, M.D., on September 23.  Austin had been serving as director of NCATS Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation since the NCATS launch in December 2011.  Austin earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his undergraduate degree in biology from Princeton University. He completed his clinical training in internal medicine and neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in genetics at Harvard.  Read the NIH announcement here and to learn more about NCATS, visit

The AVMA Advocate - News Bites - September 2012