NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – What has surprised Chris Austin most as he has begun settling into his new job as director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences has been the volume of eager responses the new center has received from people across the biomedical science spectrum.

He has spent much of his time answering emails and calls from "high level people in every arena of the research ecosystem" who want to know what programs NCATS has in the works and how they may be able to get involved.

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