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Joining Katie Couric to Remember Life of Alan Rabson

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Francis Collins and Katie Couric

I joined journalist Katie Couric and many others to remember the life of the late Alan Rabson, a beloved NIH researcher, administrator, and leader for six decades. He recently passed away at age 92. The remembrance was held on October 30, 2018 on the NIH campus, Bethesda, MD.


Standing With a Remarkable Young Man

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Francis Collins and Andrew Lee

It was a pleasure to participate in presenting Andrew Lee with the Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award at the annual fall board dinner of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH). The dinner was held on October 24 in Bethesda, MD. The 22-year-old Lee uses his passion for cars to travel the country to raise awareness and funds for rare kidney cancer research in children and young adults. In just over two years, Lee has turned his Driven to Cure, Inc. into an active grassroots movement that has made generous donations to help advance cutting-edge kidney cancer research conducted by the National Cancer Institute at the NIH Clinical Center. The Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award is named for the former chairman of the FNIH Board of Directors. Credit: FNIH


American Society of Human Genetics

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Francis Collins standing in a crosswalk

I had a great time attending the American Association of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2018 annual meeting in San Diego. The meeting was held from October 15-20. At one of the ASHG receptions, I also had a chance to get on stage and perform with my band Ethidium Spill. Credit: Jen Carroll


NIH Research Festival

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Francis Collins holding a flu virus model

I had the pleasure of providing the opening remarks at the 32nd NIH Research Festival back on September 12, 2018. In my right hand is a  model of the flu virus. I’m posting this photo belatedly as a gentle reminder: Remember to get your flu shot this year. Credit: NIH


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.


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