October 20th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
What an honor it was to join other national, state, and local dignitaries for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health building at the University of Missouri, Columbia. I briefly addressed those present and watching online about the great potential of precision medicine to build a personalized approach to medicine and transform the future of health care. This impressive, 265,000-square-foot facility will now serve as the hub of the University of Missouri’s NextGen initiative, which will help to help accelerate that future of precision medicine. After all the opening remarks were concluded, Senator Roy Blunt performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting. The grand-opening ceremony took place on October 19. Credit: University of Missouri, Columbia
September 14th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
On September 10, I expressed my gratitude to the men and women of the NIH Police for their service during the pandemic and their heightened efforts over these many months to keep everyone safe on campus. Many officers gathered in NIH’s Wilson Hall for this appreciation event, and I addressed them remotely with my wife Diane Baker by my side. Colleen McGowan (bottom left), director of NIH’s Office of Research Services, emceed the event. Also joining in remotely was Sergeant Alvin Maker (bottom right), NIH’s Community Policing Coordinator. To NIH’s men and women in blue, thank you!
August 18th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
Introduced by the leader of NIH’s Occupational Medical Service, Dr. Heike Bailin, and with my wife Diane Baker at my side, I recently met with the NIH Call Center and Contact Investigation teams to express my gratitude for the vital role they play in keeping our community safe from COVID-19. This screenshot of our virtual meeting on August 11 shows some of the more than 100 people that make up these important teams. At the same event, I also thanked the Positive Results and Return to Work teams for providing compassionate, knowledgeable guidance to NIH staff facing uncertainty and stress at home and at work. Credit: NIH
August 9th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
What a nice evening it was attending this year’s virtual AcceptAbility Gala, hosted by the Global Down Syndrome Foundation (GLOBAL) I was part of a panel that answered questions posed by “self-advocates,” folks with Down syndrome and/or their siblings. The questions generated a wide-ranging discussion and gave me the chance to highlight the excellent research now underway through NIH’s INCLUDE Project. GLOBAL, part of a network of affiliate organizations that work to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome, held the gala on July 21.
July 23rd, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
On July 21, I also had the opportunity to express my gratitude to the outstanding team at NIH’s Central Utility Plant (CUP). The CUP provides steam, chilled water, compressed air, and approximately 30 percent of the electricity to NIH’s Bethesda campus, serving an excess of 12 million gross square feet of facilities. That makes CUP one of the largest and most technologically advanced district energy plants in the US. While there, I visited the CUP control room, shown above. Very impressive. Thanks once again to Farhad Memarzadeh and everyone at CUP for helping to keep the NIH campus operating smoothly during this difficult time. Credit: NIH