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April 23, 2014: Dr. Collins speaks to Brian Gallagher at USA TODAY about precision medicine, low cost genetic testing and progress made on a universal flu vaccine.

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April 11, 2014: Dr. Collins explains to Bloomberg News, how finding a new use for compounds which initially failed clinical trials, may be a way to quickly and economically discover treatments for major diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.

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March 15, 2014: 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 financing.

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March 10, 2014: For a Washington Post video series, Dr. Collins describes a leader as someone who helps researchers stay focused on discoveries to improve human health.

Dr. Collins is joined on BioCentury TV by other key members from the Accelerating Medicines Partnership

March 2, 2014: Dr. Collins is joined on BioCentury TV by other key members from the Accelerating Medicines Partnership group to discuss this unprecedented collaboration will transform the way drugs are developed.

February 10, 2014: Dr. Collins joins Diane Rehm to discuss the Accelerating Medicines Partnership and give a live performance of his original song, “Disease Don’t Care.”

February 10, 2014: On The Burrill Report Dr. Collins talks about the launch of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership and its effort to join forces to identify and validate promising biological targets for drugs.

December 6, 2013: Watch NIH leadership on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal discussing the impact of sequestration on NIH research.

Dr. Collins on Bloomberg.

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.

Dr. Collins on National Journal.

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.

Dr. Collins on National Journal.

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.

Dr. Collins on National Journal.

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.

Dr. Collins on CNBC.

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.

Dr. Collins on CNBC.

November 4, 2013: Milken Institute Chairman Michael Milken joins Dr. Collins in talking with CNBC about healthcare innovation.

Dr. Collins playing his guitar.

September 19, 2013: To convey the dire consequences of sequester on biomedical research, Dr. Collins sings the Sequester Blues.

Dr. Collins joins Kojo Nnamdi in studio.

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.

Dr. Collins being intervied by PBS News Hour

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.

Dr. Collins talks with CNN’s Sanjay  Gupta, MD.

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.

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June 11, 2013: 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.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins appears on Hardball with Chris Matthews.

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.  

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April 30, 2013: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses sequestration and biomedical research on APM’s Marketplace.

 Dr. Francis Collins on ABC news making an effort in mapping the human brain

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.

Image of the dentate gyrus of the mouse hippocampus using Brainbow transgenes. This technology, developed by researchers at Harvard University, uses genetic methods to label individual nerve cells in different colors to identify and track axons and dendrites over long distances.

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 announcement.

 NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks to Stephen Colbert.

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.

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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.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks on CBS Evening New.

Feb 25, 2013: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins talks to CBS Evening News about how the sequester threatens health research projects.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks on PBS Newshour.

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.

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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.

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September 14, 2012: USA Today asks Dr. Collins 5 questions about exciting NIH discoveries, challenges to treatment delivery, and where research is headed in the future.

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 the videos:

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 epidemic. View a short film External Web Site Policy about how NIH supports obesity research across the nation, featuring NIH’s Metabolic 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 field.

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 Health Forum.

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.

Transcript - Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s Speech in Support of NIH

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 adults.

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 Awards Dinner.

April 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.

October 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:

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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

This page last reviewed on April 23, 2014

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