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2018 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize Symposium

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I was deeply honored to be among the five recipients of the 2018 Warren Alpert Foundation Prize. All five recipients were recognized for their discoveries in contributing to the development of life-altering treatments for cystic fibrosis (CF). The other recipients were: Paul Negulescu, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston; Bonnie Ramsey, University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s Research Institute; Lap-Chee Tsui, The Academy of Sciences of Hong Kong; Michael Welsh, University of Iowa, Iowa City. We were recognized at an afternoon symposium titled Cystic Fibrosis: From Gene Discovery to Basic Biology to Precision Medicines. The symposium was held at Harvard Medical School, Boston, on October 4, 2018. The video posted here shows my presentation that afternoon. But if you would like to see more, there is a full video of this fantastic symposium.


Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture 2018

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Francis Collins standing with Roland Pattillo and Lacks family members

I enjoyed delivering the keynote address at the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture 2018 on October 6 at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Afterwards, I had the pleasure of meeting with members of the Lacks family and Roland Pattillo, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta. From left to right is David Lacks, Jr., Devin Lacks, Alyana Rogers, Francis Collins, Roland Pattillo, Jabrea Rogers, Jeri Lacks Whye, and Dorian Lacks. Credit: Joshua Franzos


The Cancer Genome Atlas Symposium 2018

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Meeting With NIH Distinguished Scholars

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Francis Collins meets with NIH distinguished scholars

The NIH will soon launch its Distinguished Scholars Program to enhance diversity among tenure track investigators in the Intramural Research Program. On October 1, 2018, I joined Michael Gottesman (back row, second left) and Hannah Valentine (back row middle, standing next to me), NIH’s chief officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, and other NIH leaders and mentors in meeting with the first group of 13 distinguished scholars after work at a Bethesda, MD restaurant. It was my pleasure to talk about the pursuit of excellence at NIH and in science in general. Credit: NIH


A Tribute to Robert Goldman

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My lab has had a wonderfully productive collaboration with Robert Goldman at Northwestern University, Chicago. On September 25, 2018, Northwestern honored him at a celebratory symposium. Though I couldn’t attend the event, it was my pleasure to record this musical tribute to such a fantastic cell biologist. Credit: Wally Akinso


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