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Collins Meets Professional and Advocacy Groups at NIH

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was greeted by a full house of representatives of professional societies and disease and patient advocacy organizations in a town hall meeting held in NIH’s Natcher Auditorium on Wednesday, September 9. More than 200 organizations participated in the dialogue with the newly minted director, who used the opportunity to reiterate his commitment to basic science, innovation, and young scientists. Dr. Collins outlined the five major themes for his tenure as the head of the NIH: using genomics and cutting edge technology to understand fundamental biology and uncover the causes of specific diseases; using translational research to move basic science into new and better treatments; using scientific knowledge to benefit national health care reform; putting more emphasis on global health; and reinvigorating and empowering the biomedical research community.

Dr. Collins’s presentation was followed by a Q&A session, during which he replied to more than a dozen questions from audience members. Dr. Collins invited participants to keep the conversation going, and offered an NIH e-mail address for this purpose. Send your questions to