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Date: 04/24/2014
Journey to the NIH

Dr. Francis Collins shares his journey to become the Director of the NIH. 

Dr. Francis Collins

When nominated in 2009 by President Obama to head the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, Dr. Francis Collins, a physician and scientist noted for his landmark discoveries of genes and diseases and for guiding the groundbreaking Human Genome Project to completion, no doubt, reflected with a sense of pride and irony on how far his stellar career had come. While involved with the Human Genome Project, Francis developed an important technique for identifying genes and went on to identify those involved in cystic fibrosis and neurofibromatosis, among other conditions. He was the first director of NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute. In recent years, he has been a champion of "personalized medicine," which he hopes to harvest the fruits of the genomics revolution in the form of better and safer clinical care. He is especially known and respected among scientists and colleagues as a multi-faceted researcher, communicator and administrator. "Whatever he touches, he does very well," says Stephen Katz, head of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

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