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Serenading the Scientists of Tomorrow

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Dr. Francis Collins performs a song on stage at the AJAS Breakfast with Scientists
I brought along my guitar to help welcome American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS) delegates to Washington, D.C., on February 19, 2019. AJAS is an honor society that encourages high school students to pursue STEM careers. Credit: Lee Ann Brogie

Meeting with Students at Johns Hopkins University

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Dr. Francis Collins poses with students on stage at Johns Hopkins University
It was great to speak at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, on February 12, 2019. The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium is a student-run lecture series, and was a perfect opportunity to share how NIH turns discoveries into health! Credit: NIH

Taking the Challenge During American Heart Month

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A Fantastic WALS Lecture

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Francis Collins, Gerald Rubin, and Benjamin White
A big thanks to Gerald Rubin (center), vice president of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD, and executive director of Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, VA, for taking part in the NIH’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS). He delivered a fantastic talk titled “What the fly brain can teach us about the neural mechanisms of complex behaviors.” Afterwards, I presented him with a framed WALS certificate of appreciation. Joining us is Benjamin White (right), chief of the Section of Neural Function at NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health. The WALS lecture was held on January 30, 2019.

NIH’s Center for Cellular Engineering

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Francis Collins and NIH leadership participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Cellular Engineering on the NIH campus
A ceremonial groundbreaking took place on January 22, 2019 at the NIH Clinical Center. The facility’s Cell Processing Section will be expanded into the Center for Cellular Engineering. Joining me in the ceremonial groundbreaking are several members of the NIH leadership and special guest Brett Giroir (standing next to me, right), assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Credit: Daniel Sone

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