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Scientists embark on unprecedented effort to connect millions of patient medical records External Web Site Policy

In a Washington Post article on PCORI, Dr. Collins talks about how this new medical information repository gives scientists the ability to look at a large patient population with great speed and little cost. The Washington Post. April 15, 2014. Read More

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Questions Remain; Some Rules Should Be Clear External Web Site Policy

Dr. Collins pens an Op-Ed in The New York Times about the regular use of genetic testing in the near future, and the need to have clear protections and prohibitions around patient privacy and the misuse of test results. The New York Times. April 14, 2014. Read More

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Alzheimer’s Therapy May Come From New Look at Old Drugs External Web Site Policy

Interviewed for Bloomberg News, Dr. Collins discusses researching new therapeutic uses for existing compounds in an effort to treat major diseases.  Bloomberg News. April 11, 2014. Read More

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Billionaires With Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science External Web Site Policy

In a New York Times’ article and video, Dr. Collins acknowledges the importance of philanthropy in filling budget gaps, but emphasizes the ongoing need for public funding.  The New York Times. March 15, 2014. Read More

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A Conversation With Francis Collins External Web Site Policy

Dr. Collins has a conversation with AARP Bulletin about the BRAIN Initiative, his role leading the Human Genome Project, and more. AARP Bulletin.March 10, 2014. Read More

Cancer science leans more on industry funds External Web Site Policy

In a Boston Globe article on cancer research budget gaps, Dr. Collins talks about the challenges in advancing the science with the current funding climate. Boston Globe. March 9, 2013. Read More

The Future of Biomedical Research External Web Site Policy

In an interview with ASCO Post, Dr. Collins explains how NIH is focusing on working within its resource constraints to try to keep the engine of discovery moving forward. ASCO Post. March 1, 2014. Read More

NIH tries a new approach to speed drug development External Web Site Policy

The Washington Post Editorial Board supports the Accelerating Medicines Partnership’s goal to find new biomarkers for Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. The Washington Post. February 8, 2014. Read More

An Unusual Partnership to Tackle Stubborn Diseases External Web Site Policy

In the New York Times, Dr. Collins lauds the Accelerating Medicines Partnership as a unique collaboration which will work towards expediting the identification of new drug targets for three major disease areas. New York Times. February 4, 2014. Read More

NIH plans to enhance reproducibility External Web Site Policy

In a commentary for Nature, Drs. Collins and Tabak discuss the NIH’s initiatives to improve reproducibility, particularly in preclinical research. Collins, Francis S., and Tabak, Lawrence A. “NIH plans to enhance reproducibility.” Nature 505, 612-613 (27 January 2014). Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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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. Read More

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. Read More

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

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

Budget sequester squeezes scientific research External Web Site Policy

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

The Way We Were External Web Site Policy

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, September 25, 2013. Read More

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Budget Battles Keep Agencies Guessing External Web Site Policy

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, September 3, 2013. Read More

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

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, August 23, 2013. Read More

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Biospecimen policy: Family matters

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, August 7, 2013. Read More

Sequester Impact on Biomedical Research External Web Site Policy

As part of Cell’s Leading Edge Voices section, Dr. Collins explains why reduced federal support for biomedical research poses risks to U.S. health and economy. Cell, Volume 154, Issue 1, 14-15, 3 July 2013. Read More

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

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, July 25, 2013. Read More

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The Doctor Is In External Web Site Policy

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, July 2013.
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The NIH BRAIN Initiative External Web Site Policy

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, and NINDS Director Dr. Story Landis author an article in Science, Vol. 340, May 10, 2013.
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Network News: Powering Clinical Research External Web Site Policy

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, April 23 2013.
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The 'Influentials' Who Make Us Healthier External Web Site Policy

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, January 15, 2013. Read More

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Progeria: Translational Insights from Cell Biology External Web Site Policy

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, October 1, 2012.
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The Next Generation of Obesity Research: No Time to Waste External Web Site Policy

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. Read More

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Revolution ahead in prevention, treatment External Web Site Policy

In celebration of its 30th anniversary, USA Today interviews Dr. Collins about how medicine will be different 30 years from now. USA Today. September 14, 2012. Read More

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NIH Basics External Web Site Policy

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, August 3, 2012.
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The Real Promise of Mobile Health Apps External Web Site Policy

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, June 24, 2012. Read More

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Benefits and Risks of Influenza Research External Web Site Policy

Policy Forum: Benefits and Risks of Influenza Research: Lessons Learned
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Steering a New Course for Stem Cell Research: NIH's Intramural Center for Regenerative Medicine

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, January 2012. Read More (PDF - 291 KB)

Mapping the NIH Leadership’s DNA External Web Site Policy

NIH Director Dr. Collins on innovation in Federal leadership. Washington Post Federal Coach, October 19, 2011.
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A Major Environmental Cause of Death External Web Site Policy

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, October 14, 2011. Read More

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

Dr. Francis Collins discusses the potential benefit of clinical trials to medical research aimed at improving human health. NIH Medline Plus the Magazine, Summer 2011.
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Weaving a Richer Tapestry in Biomedical Science

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, August 18, 2011. Read More

Reengineering Translational Science: The Time Is Right

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

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

Dr. Francis Collins discusses the need to apply scientific innovation to global health research. Huffington Post, June 15, 2011
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The Promise and Payoff of Rare Diseases Research, From NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins

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, Spring 2011. Read More

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Change Your Lifestyle, Save Your Life?

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, May-June 2011.
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Interview with Dr. Francis Collins, Head of the National Institutes of Health External Web Site Policy

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, Spring, 2011 Read More

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

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, Winter 2011. Read More

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Faces of the Genome External Web Site Policy

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, February 4, 2011. Read More

An Audience with Francis Collins. External Web Site Policy

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, January 2011. Read More

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

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, November 15, 2010. Read More

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Scientists Need a Shorter Path to Research Freedom

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.
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One Year at the Helm

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, 12 August 2010, copyright Nature Publishing Group. Read More (PDF - 706 KB)

The Path to Personalized Medicine External Web Site Policy

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. July 22, 2010 (10.1056/NEJMp1006304) Read More

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The Cancer You Can Beat

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.(PDF - 667 KB)

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

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

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

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. Read More (PDF - 75KB)

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Genomic Medicine — An Updated Primer External Web Site Policy

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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AIDS in 2010: How We're Living with HIV

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. (PDF - 1.5 MB)

Managing Financial Conflict of Interest in Biomedical Research

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). Read More (PDF - 75KB)

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Has the revolution arrived?

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 (1 April 2010) Read More (PDF - 249KB)

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

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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Revealing the Body’s Deepest Secrets

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. (PDF - 973KB)

This page last reviewed on April 23, 2014

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