Posted on August 28th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
Posted In: Director's Album - Videos, Uncategorized
Tags: CF gene, cystic fibrosis, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Hospital for Sick Children, rare disease
Gratefully recall my UM colleagues who conducted this research; also grateful to be a small part of another collaborative effort to clone BRCA1. Go Blue. Go NIH. Go Science.
Great way to celebrate anniversary! And he sings great also!
Great thanks for the information and for sharing with us. Hope you continue to work and share.
Big thank you for this information, hoping that there is a cure for rare diseases. Regards
Just saw this! Dr. Collins, my parents are Douglas and Donna Summerhayes, founders of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. A good deal of the funds CF Canada raised in its first 29 years went toward underwriting your work with Dr. Lap-chee Tsui at Sick Kid’s in Toronto, where the first Canadian CF Clinic had been established. My parents are still living – Dad is 91 and Mom is 88 – and they still speak of you and Dr. Tsui with awe and affection. I’m a writer who earned a late-life Master’s degree in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University. My CF brother Jeff received a bilateral lung transplant in September of 2018 at the age of 56! We all think the world of you and that you and Dr. Tsui should have been nominated for a Nobel for your groundbreaking work. Sending my highest regards and deepest respect, and also a great deal of gratitude for your appearances on MSNBC and elsewhere through the past year of pandemic. Bless you for the humanity you embody, and the science you practice that moves medicine forward.
Many thanks for your kind words, Heather. I am glad to hear your brother is doing well – and now with the new generation of triple drug therapy, the future looks really bright. We need to keep going, though, until the story of CF is history. All the best, Francis Collins
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.
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