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Human Genome Project: Twenty-Five Years of Big Biology External Web Site Policy

Eric Green, James Watson, and Francis Collins, all former directors of the National Human Genome Research Institute, write about what has happened over the past 25 years since the launch of the Human Genome Project, which changed the course of science. Nature; 526, 29-31. October 1, 2015.

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National Institutes of Health addresses the science of diversity (PDF - 571KB) External Web Site Policy

NIH’s Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Hannah A. Valantine, M.D., and NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., identify cross-cutting diversity challenges ripe for scientific exploration and opportunity. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA Early Edition. Published online Sept. 21, 2015.

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NIH takes next step in Obamaís Precision Medicine plan External Web Site Policy

Reuters outlines NIH’s framework for building the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program, which will seek to enroll 1 million or more participants in the largest biomedical research study ever undertaken. Steenhuysen, Julie. (2015, September 17). Reuters.

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Scientific Americanís Worldview 100 External Web Site Policy

Scientific American’s Worldview 100 ranks Dr. Collins among the top 10 visionaries in biotechnology for advancing the field through his leadership. Scientific American worldVIEW. 2015.

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NIH research: Think globally External Web Site Policy

NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., and NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., address the importance of continuing to pursue research on a global scale amid fiscal constraints. Science; 348, 6231; 159. April 9, 2015. 

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Dr. Collins interviewed for Reuters External Web Site Policy

For Reuters, Dr. Collins highlights challenges and opportunities of piecing together existing data for the precision medicine program. Reuters. March 6, 2015.

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A New Initiative on Precision Medicine External Web Site Policy

NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. and NCI Director Harold Varmus, M.D. explain the scientific justification for the Precision Medicine Initiative in a perspective for the New England Journal of Medicine.N Engl J Med; 372:793-795. Online: January 30, 2015. In print: February 26, 2015.

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Exceptional Opportunities in Medical Science External Web Site Policy

In a JAMA Viewpoint, Dr. Collins highlights areas of research showing great promise for advancing biomedical research and technology, treatments and therapies, and improving human health. JAMA. January 13, 2015. Volume 313, Number 2.

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What to Expect in Brain Health Research in 2015 External Web Site Policy

In AARP Bulletin Dr. Collins highlights biomedical breakthroughs to watch for in 2015, including brain health research, targeted therapy for cancer treatment and vaccines trials. AARP. December 2014/January.

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Fixing problems with cell lines External Web Site Policy

Dr. Collins and NIGMS Director Dr. Jon Lorsch author an article in Science Magazine addressing cell line misidentification in research and suggesting best practices for authentication and verification. Science; 346; 6216: 1452-1453. December 19, 2014.

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Big data, meet big money: NIH funds centers to crunch health data External Web Site Policy

In a LA Times article, Dr. Collins says he expects the NIH BD2K Initiative to invest $656 million over the next seven years to make biomedical data sets more accessible to researchers. Healy, Melissa. Los Angeles Times. October 9, 2014.

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NIH announces $46 million in grants for new BRAIN initiative projects External Web Site Policy

The NIH announced awardees of the initial round of funding for projects under the BRAIN Initiative. Nutt, Amy Ellis. Washington Post. September 30, 2014.  

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NIH chief keeps hopes afloat External Web Site Policy

In an interview with Nature, Dr. Collins reflects on the challenges in the current budget climate. Nature. August, 15, 2014.

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NIH Roadmap/Common Fund at 10 External Web Site Policy

To commemorate the NIH Common Fund 10 year anniversary, Dr. Collins co-authors an article with former NIH director Dr. Elias Zerhouni and NIH’s Dr. Elizabeth Wilder about why we must continue supporting innovative transdisciplinary science. Collins, F.S., Wilder, E.L., & Zerhouni, E. “NIH Roadmap/Common Fund at 10.” Sciencexpress 19 June 2014: 1-5.

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Your DNA enters the digital age: Q&A with NIH director External Web Site Policy

In a Q&A with USA Today, Dr. Collins outlines what medical breakthroughs are on the horizon and how these discoveries will affect health in the future. USA Today. May 15, 2014.

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NIH Takes Steps to Address Sex Differences in Preclinical Research

In a Nature Comment, Dr. Collins and Dr. Janine Clayton outline NIH steps to address sex differences in preclinical research. Nature. 509, 282-283 (2014). Published online May 14, 2014.

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PCORnet: turning a dream into reality External Web Site Policy

Dr. Collins and NIH colleagues write an editorial in the Journal of American Medical Informatics Association on taking PCORnet from dream to reality. J Am Med Inform Assoc. Published online May 12, 2014.

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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.

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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.

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Alzheimerís 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.

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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.

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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.

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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, 2014.

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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.

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.

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.

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).

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