April 9th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
On April 8, I sent a coronavirus update to NIH staff titled “Gratitude for All You Do.” The update included a link to this video, and these words: No one will deny that this last year has been a struggle for all of us. But now, because of your contributions, we have real reason for hope. As I’ve been known to do, I’ve turned to music to share my gratitude for all you do. This song is a different take on George Harrison’s “Here Comes the Sun” made famous by the Beatles. As with all things, I had the help of many talented people in the creation of this music video: Carrie Wolinetz, who “COVIDized” the song lyrics; my wife Diane, who I heavily rely on for her videography skills (and most other things in life); Wole Akinso, who produced and mixed the video so that I could play both guitar and piano; and my cat Zoe, who in typical cat fashion, made a cameo appearance. I never thought I’d sing a song that has the words “herd immunity” in it, but here we are. I hope this version of the song puts a smile on your faces. I wish the same for all who watch this video. It’s been a long, dark COVID winter.
December 14th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
Here’s a song that I dedicated to NIH staff for the Thanksgiving holiday, adding a new verse about the COVID-19 pandemic. But the song’s message is appropriate any time of the year. So, I’m sharing it here on my blog to wish everyone a joyous holiday season.
November 5th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
The Children’s Inn at NIH just celebrated its 30 th anniversary. In just three decades, The Children’s Inn has given more than 15,000 children, young adults, and their families a second home while at NIH participating in research studies. To mark this wonderful milestone, I recorded the song, “Somewhere Past the Pandemic. Enjoy!
September 29th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
On September 24, I was named the 2020 Templeton Prize laureate as part of a virtual ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. It was quite a humbling experience to appear on the stage to receive a prize awarded previously to legendary figures such as Mother Teresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. Here is my acceptance address titled, “In Praise of Harmony.” I share the address in the continued hope that we may all find greater harmony in life.
September 25th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
< Last May, it was such an honor to learn that I’d been selected the 2020 Templeton Prize Laureate. The virtual ceremony was held last night at the National Academy of Sciences. But back in August, folks with the Templeton Prize recorded this brief video in which they asked me to reflect on the pandemic and the quest to find a cure. I enjoyed seeing the video, and I hope you do, too. The Templeton Prize honors people whose career achievements advance Sir John Templeton’s philanthropic vision: applying the power of science to explore the deepest questions of the universe and humankind’s place and purpose within it. Sir Templeton was an investor and philanthropist who died in 2008.