Gene therapy patient Evelyn Villarreal, 3, along with her parents Milan and Elena. I shared the story of her successful treatment for spinal muscular atrophy at a Senate HELP Committee hearing on NIH science and stewardship on Aug. 23, 2018. NICHD Director Diana Bianchi and NCI Director Ned Sharpless are in the foreground. Credit: C-SPAN
Appointed the 16th Director of NIH by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017. President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director.