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Singing “Dare to Dream”

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It was an honor to speak at the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Nashville on November 1, 2019. It has been 30 years now since I was a part of the team that discovered the CFTR gene, which, when altered, causes cystic fibrosis (CF). Our challenging hunt for CFTR was energized by the promise that a genetic understanding of this terrible disease would one day lead to life-extending molecularly targeted treatments. I later wrote a song for everyone touched by this disease called, “Dare to Dream,” to capture the historic opportunity before us. Today, I concluded my remarks by singing this slightly updated version of the song to celebrate with everyone in the audience that life-sustaining molecularly targeted treatments are now available for 90 percent of people with CF. What a wonderful moment it was, and I’d like to share it with everyone who would like To Dare to Dream until the story of CF is history! Credit: CF Foundation

5 Comments

  • Patricia Chieffo says:

    So glad “you Dared to Dream” as a young researcher! Finally, a targeted therapy for CF!

  • HB says:

    Wow, the voice is beautiful … Thank you for sharing via this video

  • DR. SAUMYA PANDEY PH.D. says:

    Singing “Dare to Dream” appears a mesmerising rhytm celebrating scientific research spirit for eradicating the CFTR-public health burden affecting millions of Americans (as well as Asia-Pacific/Indians)! The expertise of the NIH Director has been aptly showcased at the North American life-sustaining molecularly targeted treatments are now available for 90 percent of people with CF-scientific sessions at Nashville, TN, USA.
    Genetic/cellular/molecular basis of CFTR with therapeutic immunomodulation/pharmacogenetic strategies are warranted for future clinical research for cost-effectively building patient-friendly public health research models on a global platform.

  • KG Rangaraj says:

    It was wonderful to hear director singing. I wish all those suffering from this CF problem
    Good health and achieve what ever they wanted to.

  • Carol Goter-Robinson says:

    Wonderful to see the progress that has been made in treating CF. The song and its rendition by Dr. Collins is great. Who better to perform it!

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