Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. was appointed the
16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by President
Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009.
On June 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins
to continue to serve as the NIH Director. In this role, Dr. Collins oversees
the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning
the spectrum from basic to clinical research.
Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for
his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the
international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the
completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served
as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from
Before coming to NIH, Dr. Collins was a Howard
Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Michigan. He is an
elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of
Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and
received the National Medal of Science in 2009.
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