Here are the 2018 Collins Scholars: Ina Ly (left), Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston; and Shruti Garg, (right), Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, United Kingdom. These young physician-scientists will receive three years of support and training through the Francis S. Collins Scholars Program in Neurofibromatosis Clinical and Translational Research. The program, now in its fifth year, is helping to create a community of outstanding clinician-scientists with expertise in research and clinical care for neurofibromatosis type I. The photo was taken at the Francis Collins Scholars Orientation Day, held at Rock Creek Mansion in Bethesda, MD on August 3, 2018. Credit: Lizzy Lees Photos
These terrific students are part of the NIH High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP), which encourages careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medically related fields). HiSTEP students take part in a seven-week summer internship on the NIH campus. I had the pleasure of meeting with them on August 1, 2016. Credit: NIH
This is a blast from the not-too-distant past. I delivered the Compton Lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in October 2014. At the end of the lecture, I was joined on stage by Pardis Sabeti (center) and the MIT Logarhythms (right). We joined together to sing Sabeti’s inspiring song, “One Truth,” about the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. Credit: MIT
We had a great visit with Congressman Ro Khanna (center) of California. Our discussion included recent advances in neuroscience, genomics, Big Data, and research on food allergies. NIH Deputy Director Larry Tabak (left) and I welcomed Congressman Khanna to the NIH Clinical Center on July 30, 2018.
It was truly a pleasure speaking with Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico about microbiome research and its potential to improve human health during his visit to NIH. Here, I’m standing with Senator Udall (center) and NIH Deputy Director Larry Tabak (right). The visit took place on July 30, 2018. Credit: NIH
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.