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2013

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Investing in the nation’s health External Web Site Policy

In an Opinion piece for the Washington Post, Dr. Collins explains how extraordinary discoveries in biomedical research are within reach and investing in NIH’s mission is priceless. Washington Post. December 25, 2013.

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The Budget Deal: An Okay End to a Very Bad Year for Medical Research External Web Site Policy

In The Atlantic, Dr. Collins reflects on the funding challenges from 2013 sequester cuts and how a continued lack of investment in biomedical research may curb opportunities for U.S. leadership in the field. The Atlantic. December 18, 2013.

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12 Months of Reading External Web Site Policy

In The Wall Street Journal’s 12 Months of Reading, Dr. Collins recommends that young scientists read Mario Livio's "Brilliant Blunders," which makes a point that scientific blunders can in fact be opportunities rather than setbacks. The Wall Street Journal. December 13, 2013.

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NIH research is ailing from the budget squeeze External Web Site Policy

The Washington Post Editorial Board explains how funding biomedical research pays a generous return on investment in dollars and in lives saved.  Editorial Board. The Washington Post. December 4, 2013.

First FDA Authorization for Next-Generation Sequencer External Web Site Policy

Dr. Collins and FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg author an article in the Perspective section of the New England Journal of Medicine, about FDA’s landmark decision to grant marketing authorization for a next-generation sequencer. The article explores how bringing this technology into use for clinical care will transform patient engagement, increase the use of genetic information in health care, and expand research. Collins, Francis S. M.D., Ph.D., and Hamburg, Margaret A., M.D. New England Journal of Medicine. November 19, 2013.

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Dr. Francis Collins: Politics on the Frontier of Science External Web Site Policy

November 8, 2013 — Dr. Collins speaks to Wall Street Journal’s Joseph Rago about the biomedical opportunities at risk from NIH budget cuts. Wall Street Journal.

Budget sequester squeezes scientific research

Budget sequester squeezes scientific research External Web Site Policy

September 25, 2013 — In a Washington Post article on sequester, Dr. Collins is featured explaining how budget cuts are delaying innovation and costing lives. Washington Post.

The Way We Were

The Way We Were External Web Site Policy

September 25, 2013 — Dr. Collins notes that new ideas on cancer, diabetes, autism and heart disease will go unfunded in Thomas Friedman’s New York Times Op-Ed on the state of science in the U.S. New York Times.

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Budget Battles Keep Agencies Guessing External Web Site Policy

September 3, 2013 — Dr. Collins is interviewed by New York Times’ reporter Annie Lowery as part of an article about operating NIH in a time of budget uncertainty. New York Times.

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NIH Director On Sequestration: ‘God Help Us If We Get A Worldwide Pandemic’ External Web Site Policy

August 23, 2013 — In a one-on-one interview with the Huffington Post, Dr. Collins emphasizes the value of funding scientific research and explains why the sequester impact is worse than predicted. Huffington Post.

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Biospecimen policy: Family matters External Web Site Policy

August 7, 2013 — In Nature Comment, Dr. Collins and Dr. Kathy Hudson discuss working with the family of Henrietta Lacks on crafting an agreement for access to HeLa genome data. Nature 500, 141–142.

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Francis S. Collins: By the Book External Web Site Policy

July 25, 2013 — Discover which books can be found on Dr. Collins’ bookshelf and who his favorite childhood authors were, in the NYT’s By the Book. The New York Times.

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The Doctor Is In External Web Site Policy

July 2013 — In the July cover story for Government Executive Magazine, Dr. Collins explains why he isn’t afraid to take risks in his fight for the future of biomedical research. Government Executive Magazine.

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The NIH BRAIN Initiative External Web Site Policy

May 10, 2013 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, and NINDS Director Dr. Story Landis author an article in Science, Vol. 340.

Network News: Powering Clinical Research

Network News: Powering Clinical Research External Web Site Policy

April 23 2013 — Dr. Collins co-authors an article in SciTM explaining the benefits of the PCORI network and how it will help develop clinical research networks with new synergies and efficiencies that partners patients with researchers. Science Translational Medicine Rapid Publication, Vol. 5, Issue 182, p. 182fs13.

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The ‘Influentials’ Who Make Us Healthier External Web Site Policy

January 15, 2013 — Dr. Collins is included in AARP The Magazine’s 50 over 50 ‘Influentials,’ which includes activists and health care professionals that help heal us. AARP The Magazine.

 

2012

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Progeria: Translational Insights from Cell Biology (PDF - 1.7MB) External Web Site Policy

October 1, 2012 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and his research collaborators share what they’ve learned about how basic cell biology can be translated to the clinic. Journal of Cell Biology, Vol. 199.

The Next Generation of Obesity Research: No Time to Waste

The Next Generation of Obesity Research: No Time to Waste External Web Site Policy

September 19, 2012 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIDDK Director Dr. Griffin Rodgers address the importance of research in developing practical and effective strategies to reverse the Nation's obesity epidemic. JAMA. 2012; 308(11):1095-1096.

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NIH Basics External Web Site Policy

August 3, 2012 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins on NIH's support for basic research. Read his editorial on the importance of funding basic research and why it is the engine that powers tomorrow’s therapeutic discoveries. Science, Vol. 337.

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The Real Promise of Mobile Health Apps External Web Site Policy

June 24, 2012 — Mobile devices have the potential to become powerful medical tools A commentary from NIH Director Francis Collins on mobile health technology and how it can benefit both patients and researchers. Scientific American, July 2012 Online Issue.

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Benefits and Risks of Influenza Research External Web Site Policy

June 22, 2012 — Policy Forum: Benefits and Risks of Influenza Research: Lessons Learned. Science.

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Steering a New Course for Stem Cell Research: NIH's Intramural Center for Regenerative Medicine (PDF - 291 KB)

January 2012 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Mahendra S. Rao, director for the new NIH Intramural Center for Regenerative Medicine, discuss the role the new center will play for the future of stem cell research. Stem Cells Translational Medicine, Vol. 1.

 

2011

Mapping the NIH Leadership’s DNA

Mapping the NIH Leadership’s DNA External Web Site Policy

October 19, 2011 — NIH Director Dr. Collins on innovation in Federal leadership. Washington Post Federal Coach.

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A Major Environmental Cause of Death External Web Site Policy

October 14, 2011 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and three fellow NIH experts discuss the effects of household stoves. Read their commentary on one of the leading causes of indoor air pollution that affects nearly half the world's population. Science, Vol. 334.

Weaving a Richer Tapestry in Biomedical Science

Weaving a Richer Tapestry in Biomedical Science External Web Site Policy

August 18, 2011 — In a Science commentary, Director Dr. Francis S. Collins and Principal Deputy Director Dr. Lawrence A. Tabak provide a framework for action to address racial differences in NIH grant success rates. Science.

The Importance of Clinical Trials, From NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins

The Importance of Clinical Trials, From NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins (PDF - 176 KB)

Summer 2011 — Dr. Francis Collins discusses the potential benefit of clinical trials to medical research aimed at improving human health. NIH Medline Plus the Magazine.

Reengineering Translational Science: The Time Is Right

Reengineering Translational Science: The Time Is Right (PDF - 176 KB)

In Science Translational Medicine, Director Dr. Francis S. Collins sets forth NIH’s vision for advancing translational sciences. Science Translational Medicine, July 6, 2011.

Broadening Our Global Health Vision, from NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins

Broadening Our Global Health Vision, from NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins External Web Site Policy

Dr. Francis Collins discusses the need to apply scientific innovation to global health research. Huffington Post, June 15, 2011

The Promise and Payoff of Rare Diseases Research, From NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins

Spring 2011 — The study of the more than 6,000 known rare diseases not only can improve understanding of those disorders, but may also shed new light on hundreds of more common diseases. Dr. Francis Collins discusses the increasing promise of genetics research for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of both rare and common diseases. NIH Medline Plus the Magazine.

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Change Your Lifestyle, Save Your Life? (PDF - 221 KB)

May–June 2011 — Drawing on NIH research and his own experience, Dr. Francis Collins shares how some relatively simple changes in diet and exercise may lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Arrive.

Interview with Dr. Francis Collins, Head of the National Institutes of Health

Interview with Dr. Francis Collins, Head of the National Institutes of Health External Web Site Policy

Spring 2011 — Dr. Francis Collins discusses a variety of topics including whole genome sequencing, NIH’s efforts in global health research, and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).  Yale Journal of Medicine and Law, Vol. VII, Issue 2.

Mobile Technology and Health Care, From NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins

Mobile Technology and Health Care, From NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins

Winter 2011 — The use of mobile technologies for health research and healthcare delivery is rapidly expanding. Dr. Francis Collins discusses the impact of these cell phone technologies on global health and how NIH is trying to bring medical information to the public. NIH Medline Plus the Magazine.

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Faces of the Genome External Web Site Policy

February 4, 2011 — To mark the 10th anniversary of the publication of the draft sequence of the human genome, NIH Director Francis Collins looks at how systematic genome-wide sequencing is beginning to be applied to individuals for medical purposes. Science, Vol. 331.

An Audience with Francis Collins

An Audience with Francis Collins External Web Site Policy

January 2011 — Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH, discusses translational medicine and NIH efforts to ‘de-risk’ drug development. Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Vol. 10, Issue 14.

 

2010

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Change, Change, Change: Heeding the Call External Web Site Policy

November 15, 2010 — NIH Director Francis Collins contemplates the future of the cell biology field and discusses the importance of collaboration in this rapidly expanding discipline. Molecular Biology of the Cell, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 3793 – 3794.

We must liberate our brightest minds to pursue high-risk, high-reward ideas.

Scientists Need a Shorter Path to Research Freedom (PDF - 134 KB)

October 2010 — NIH Director Francis Collins explains why the NIH is launching a bid to help some doctoral students dramatically reduce the time required to start an independent career. Nature, Vol.467, 7.

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One Year at the Helm (PDF - 706 KB)

August 12, 2010 — Nature features Dr. Collins’ achievements and challenges in his first year as NIH director and highlights some of his strategies for the future biomedical research. Nature, Vol. 466, copyright Nature Publishing Group.

The Path to Personalized Medicine

The Path to Personalized Medicine External Web Site Policy

July 22, 2010 — Read the article on the future of personalized medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine by Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. and FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. (10.1056/NEJMp1006304).

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: The Intersection of Science and Health Care

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: The Intersection of Science and Health Care External Web Site Policy

June 23, 2010 — By NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D, Sci Transl Med.

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The Cancer You Can Beat (PDF - 667 KB)

June 20, 2010 — For an update on the techniques scientists are developing to detect and treat colorectal cancer, read a Parade article by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, The Cancer You Can Beat.

Using Science to Improve the Nation's Health System: NIH's Commitment to Comparative Effectiveness Research

Using Science to Improve the Nation's Health System: NIH's Commitment to Comparative Effectiveness Research (PDF - 75KB)

June 2, 2010 — Read the commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association on comparative effectiveness research (CER) and NIH’s leadership role by NIH Director Francis Collins and Dr. Michael Lauer. JAMA. 2010;303(21):2182-2183.

Managing Financial Conflict of Interest in Biomedical Research

Managing Financial Conflict of Interest in Biomedical Research (PDF - 75KB)

May 24, 2010 — Information about the Notice of Proposed Rule Making appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) commentary by NIH Director Francis Collins and Dr. Sally Rockey. JAMA. 2010;303(23).

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AIDS in 2010: How We're Living with HIV (PDF - 1.5 MB)

May 23, 2010 — For an update on what medical science is doing to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, read a Parade article by NIH Director Francis S. Collins and NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, AIDS in 2010: How We're Living with HIV.

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Genomic Medicine — An Updated Primer External Web Site Policy

May 22, 2010 — Remarkable advances have been made in understanding the human genome's contribution to health and disease since the first Genomic Medicine series was launched.

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Has the revolution arrived? (PDF - 249KB)

April 1, 2010 — Looking back over the past decade of human genomics, Francis Collins finds five key lessons for the future of personalized medicine — for technology, policy, partnerships and pharmacogenomics. Nature 464, 674-675.

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Revealing the Body’s Deepest Secrets (PDF - 973KB)

February 21, 2010 — For a look at how imaging technologies are helping to transform medicine, read a Parade article by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, Revealing the Body’s Deepest Secrets.

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Research Agenda: Opportunities for Research and NIH External Web Site Policy

January 1, 2010 — The mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and to reduce illness and disability.

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