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NIH Names NCATS Director

September 14, 2012—Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Sept. 14 announced that Christopher P. Austin, M.D., will serve as director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) effective Sept. 23. Dr. Austin has been serving as director of NCATS Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation since the NCATS launch in December 2011.

A developmental neurogeneticist by training, Dr. Austin joined NIH from Merck in 2002 as senior advisor to the director for translational research at the National Human Genome Research Institute. He initiated the Knockout Mouse Project and the Molecular Libraries Roadmap Initiative.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Austin will succeed NCATS Acting Director Thomas R. Insel, M.D.


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