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May 10, 2013: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, NIMH Director Dr. Thomas Insel, and NINDS Director Dr. Story Landis author an article in Science: The NIH BRAIN Initiative.
April 30, 2013: NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses sequestration and biomedical research on APR’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 announcement.
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 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 the videos:
- A Celebration of Science: Highlights
- A Celebration of Science – A.M. Session
- A Celebration of Science – P.M. Session
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: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june12/alzheimers_05-15.html
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 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.
- Talk: http://www.tedmed.com/videos-info?name=Francis_S._Collins_at_TEDMED_2012&q=updated&year=all
- Q&A: http://www.tedmed.com/videos-info?name=Francis_S._Collins_-_Q&A_at_TEDMED_2012&q=updated&year=all
On 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. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june12/obesity_05-08.html
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. March 29, 2012.
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.
BioCentury This Week: Francis Collins on the the
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, October 23,
Dr. Francis Collins talks about recent innovations in medicine. C-SPAN | Washington Journal, September 7, 2011. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/MedicalIn
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. http://biopharminternational.findpharma.com/biopharm/Multimedia/Podcast-Interview-with-NIH-Director-Francis-S-Coll/ArticleStandard/Article/detail/728343?contextCategoryId=48866
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. http://www.nih.gov/about/director/06302011_transcript_lindau.htm
Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., offers a message to high school graduates. This video was requested by a motivated graduating senior at a high school in Ontario, but it speaks to students everywhere. May 19, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVy7-Ol_hvM
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. May 16, 2011. http://nihseniorhealth.gov/exerciseforolderadults/benefitsofexercise/video/e5_na.html?intro=yes
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, April 6, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIH6I5Jf9Xc
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, January 13, 2011. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4qtlVFxjgQ
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, May 4, 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HySPuXzQ4LI
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, April 4, 2010: http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Multimedia/2010/April/040510-Francis-Collins-NIH.aspx
On Monday, 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: http://videocast.nih.gov/launch.asp?15636
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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vhM6G_dsrU0
NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins is featured on EarthSky, the radio science site heard worldwide, February 2, 2010
Collins offered his thoughts regarding the future of medical research in the new decade on National Public Radio on January 2, 2010. Hear his perspective: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122169270
On Tuesday, 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: http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=15501
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, November 12, 2009.
- Hear his story: http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=8203&start=012931
- Hear the statement from Dr. Collins: http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=8203&start=13665
- Full videocast of the symposium: http://www.videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=15434
On Thursday, 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 http://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=15398
- For the full agenda, please see: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/mhealth2009/agenda.aspx
On Monday, 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. http://www.sfn.org/index.aspx?pagename=am2009_highlights
Dr. Collins gave the keynote address and sang at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's international conference on October 16, 2009 commemorating the 20th anniversary since the team of Francis Collins, Lap Chee Tsui and Jack Riordan discovered the Cystic Fibrosis gene. Watch his performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbGG2_AjnP0&feature=channel
Dr. Collins was a guest on The Colbert Report on Thursday, October 1, 2009. Watch the episode: http://www.colbertnation.com
"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 and on September 24, 2009, performed live on Capitol Hill with Aerosmith's Joe Perry. Learn more about the campaign and hear Dr. Collins speak about Personalized Medicine at http://www.rockstarsofscience.org .
Videocast: Constituents Meeting with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, September 9, 2009
Videocast: NIH All-Hands Town Meeting with Dr. Collins, August 17, 2009