Video & Sound Gallery Archive
December 6, 2013 — Watch NIH leadership on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal discussing the impact of sequestration on NIH research.
November 22, 2013 — Dr. Collins talks with Bloomberg TV about the medical breakthroughs NIH has financed, and the threat sequester puts on the future of biomedical research.
November 22, 2013 — In a National Journal interview, Dr. Collins describes the negative impact of the government shutdown and sequestration on biomedical research and clinical care.
November 22, 2013 — As global competition increases, Dr. Collins explains to National Journal why attracting international scientific talent is key for the U.S to remain the leader in biomedical research.
November 22, 2013 — According to Dr. Collins in a National Journal Interview, the future is bright for biomedical research and the best years of scientific research are ahead.
November 13, 2013 — At the Washington Ideas Forum, Dr. Collins spoke with Huffington Post’s Sam Stein about the future of the NIH and the impact of sequestration on biomedical research and patients.
November 4, 2013 — Milken Institute Chairman Michael Milken joins Dr. Collins in talking with CNBC about healthcare innovation.
September 19, 2013 — To convey the dire consequences of sequester on biomedical research, Dr. Collins sings the Sequester Blues.
September 3, 2013 — Dr. Collins joins Kojo Nnamdi in studio to talk about all things NIH, including the impact of the sequester and the BRAIN Initiative. He also treats listeners to a few bars of his original song, Sequester Blues.
August 8, 2013 — Following an NIH announcement on the HeLa genome, Dr. Collins is interviewed on PBS NewsHour about the collaboration with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks and the importance of making patients partners in research.
June 25, 2013 — Dr. Collins’ “Life’s Work” is featured on CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, MD. He explains how advances in technology are helping decode the approximately six billion individual DNA letters that make up the human genome.
June 11, 201 — 16-year-old inventor Jack Andraka talks to Dr. Collins about Open Access enabling his cancer diagnostic breakthrough in this Right to Research Coalition Video.
May 17, 2013 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins appears on Hardball with Chris Matthews to discuss the long-term negative effects the sequester will have on biomedical research.
April 30, 2013 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses sequestration and biomedical research on APM’s Marketplace.
April 5, 2013 — President Obama selected NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins to lead the effort in mapping the human brain. On ABC World News’ Person of the Week, Dr. Collins talks
about his life and career, and why science research, particularly
the human brain, is exciting.
April 5, 2013 — On NPR’s Science Friday,
NIH Director Francis Collins describes the new research plan
for the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative
Neurotechnologies) Initiative, following President Obama’s
April 4, 2013 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks to
Stephen Colbert on the Colbert Report about
the most complicated biological structure in the universe,
the human brain.
April 3, 2013 — President Barack Obama compared the new multi-year
research initiative to map the human brain to that of the
Human Genome Project. Diane Rehm and NIH
Director Francis Collins discuss the importance of mapping
the human brain and how it will eventually lead to solutions
to diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Feb 25, 2013 — NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins talks to CBS Evening News about how the sequester threatens health research projects.
Feb 20, 2013 — In his State of the Union address, President
Obama proposed a decade-long effort to map the activity of
the brain. To understand the president's plan and walk through
the possible implications, PBS Newshour’s Ray
Suarez talks to NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins,
who will coordinate much of the project.
November 19, 2012: Bloomberg’s "Capitol
Gains" profiles NIH Director Francis Collins.
The profile emphasizes Dr. Collins’ effort to sequence
the human genome and how that discovery has changed science.
Dr. Collins also discusses the challenges facing the science
and research community particularly in regards to funding.
On Saturday, September 8, 2012, NIH joined FasterCures, the
Milken Institute’s Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, to host a
major scientific event as part of a 3-day “Celebration of Science”. Watch
May 15, 2012: U.S. launches national strategy to
combat the growing rate of Alzheimer's disease. Director Dr. Francis
Collins discusses the details of the initiative on this PBS NewsHour
segment. Watch the interview here:
May 2012: NIH is profoundly invested in understanding
the causes of obesity and the ways to curb this rapidly growing
a short film
about how NIH supports obesity research across the nation, featuring
Clinical Research Unit
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses the challenges
of converting fundamental research into practical therapeutics
at the TEDMED Conference 2012.
May 10, 2012: Dr. Collins appeared on The Colbert
Report to discuss obesity and NIH’s initiative with HBO on
Weight of the Nation. You can view Dr. Collins’ segment at:
Public health experts have long warned of a growing
obesity epidemic in America. This week, the Institute of Medicine
and others launches a major campaign in hopes of curbing the problem.
Ray Suarez and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of
Health discuss the personal and public consequences of obesity.
March 29, 2012: As part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s
Nifty Fifty program, NIH Director Francis Collins visits Bladensburg
HS to motivate students to enter the science, technology and engineering
In an exclusive interview for Medscape’s "One-on-One," NIH
Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks to Dr. John C. Reed, CEO of
the Sanford-Burnham Institute, about the value of science in medicine
and the most exciting developments on the horizon.
U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney’s speech before
the House in support of scientific research.
In this special IdeasLab series presented at a World
Economic Forum meeting, Dr. Collins addresses the impact medical
technology has on preventing and treating chronic diseases.
October 23, 2011: BioCentury This Week: Francis Collins on the the
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.
September 7, 2011: Dr. Francis Collins talks about recent innovations
in medicine. C-SPAN | Washington Journal.
A Conversation with NIH Director Francis
S. Collins: Director of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH), Dr. Francis Collins, discusses NIH's efforts to improve
global healthcare, including an update on the human genome project,
a focus on infectious and rare diseases in the developing world,
and R&D grants for small businesses. Podcast interview by
Sr. Managing Editor Angie Drakulich, as part of the 2011 BIO
Convention and BioVentures for Global Health Partnering for Global
July 6, 2011: In this podcast (MP3 - 6:22, 5.83 MB)
, Dr. Collins summarizes the goals and functions of the proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, which are the laid out in full in his Commentary
in Science Translational Medicine
May 19, 2011: Dr. Collins focuses on global health, innovation,
and the future for young scientists in these video remarks at the
61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. They were provided for International
Day (Monday, June 27th), sponsored by the American delegation for
an audience that included 23 Nobel Laureates and 700 graduate students
from 83 countries.
May 16, 2011: Watch Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National
Institutes of Health, as he shows how volleyball, biking and other
physical activities can benefit the health and well-being of older
April 6, 2011.: Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes
of Health, talks about the importance of obesity research and the
Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research.
Watch Dr. Francis Collins challenge students
in a guest appearance on ‘It’s Academic’,
an academic quiz competition for high school students in the Washington,
D.C. area— the longest running quiz show in TV history.
May 4, 2010: Watch a special live musical performance of Appropriations
Blues by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, playing
guitar and singing with U.S. Representative David Obey on harmonica. Their
performance was a highlight of the 2010 Research!America Advocacy
4, 2010: Watch the interview by Kaiser Health News with NIH
Director Dr. Collins about the role of NIH in helping to lower
health care costs through comparative effectiveness research.
February 22, 2010: Dr. Collins introduced
Dr. Hans Rosling, professor of International health at Sweden’s
Karolinska Institute and co-founder of Gapminder, a non-profit
organization promoting understanding of public statistics. Dr.
Rosling discussed “The New Health Gap: Science for Emerging Economies
vs. the Bottom Billion" using animated graphics to demonstrate
and promote sustainable global development goals. To see the full
videocast of this lecture:
February 12, 2011: Watch NIH Director Francis Collins discuss the NIH,
its role as the largest supporter of biomedical research in the
world, and what the best part of his job is, February 12, 2010.
February 2, 2010: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins is featured on
EarthSky, the radio science site heard worldwide.
January 2, 2010:Collins offered his thoughts regarding the future
of medical research in the new decade on National Public Radio. Hear his perspective:
December 15, 2009: Dr. Collins delivered
remarks introducing Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., presenter of the
2009 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture. Dr. Frenk, dean of
the Harvard School of Public Health, discussed "Globalization and
Health: The Role of Knowledge in an Interdependent World." Dr.
Collins has singled out global health as one of the five areas
he wants to focus on during his tenure. To see the full videocast
of this year's Barmes lecture:
November 12, 2009: Marshall Nirenberg, M.D. is remembered as a noted
geneticist and the first NIH scientist to win the 1968 Nobel Prize
for Physiology or Medicine in 1968. Dr. Nirenberg shared the experience
of his efforts with NIH co-workers to decipher the genetic code
during the "Genes to Proteins: Decoding Genetic Information" Symposium
on November 12, 2009 on the NIH campus. He was celebrated that
day as his research was designated a National Historic Chemical
Landmark by the American Chemical Society.
October 28, 2009: at the first
ever Mobile Technologies as a Platform for Health
Research and Healthcare Delivery Health (mHealth) Summit at
the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Dr. Collins
gave a keynote address. The mission of the mHealth Summit is
to explore the use of mobile technologies (cell phones, PDAs,
etc.) to improve public health. Dr. Collins’ presentation followed
a keynote by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and highlighted
NIH research opportunities that have the potential to enhance
applications of MHealth technologies in the future.
Dr. Collins’ talk can be found approximately 42 minutes into
the meeting at
October 19, 2009: at the Society for
Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago, Dr. Collins discussed his
vision and the key challenges and opportunities facing NIH and
the broader scientific community.
16, 2009: Dr. Collins gave the keynote address and sang at
the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's international conference commemorating the 20th anniversary since the team of Francis
Collins, Lap Chee Tsui and Jack Riordan discovered the Cystic Fibrosis
gene. Watch his performance:
October 1, 2009: Dr. Collins was a guest on The Colbert Repor. Watch the episode:
September 24, 2009: "Rock
Stars of Science" is a program of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation
directed at accelerating bench-to-bedside research. Dr. Collins
is a featured participant in the campaign performed live on Capitol Hill with Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
Learn more about the campaign and hear Dr. Collins speak about
Personalized Medicine at
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