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A Surprise Visit

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Assistant Secretary for Health Giroir, Deputy NIH Director Tabak, NIH Director Collins and Surgeon General Adams stand together for a photo
Larry Tabak, NIH’s principal deputy director, and I were delighted to receive a surprise visit on January 10, 2019. Our esteemed guests were Brett Giroir (far left), assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services, and U. S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams (far right). They came to NIH to present us with awards of appreciation for our ongoing support of the U.S. Health Service Commissioned Corps. Officers in the Corps serve in a wide range of public health specialties within federal agencies, including NIH. Credit: HHS


New NIBIB Director

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Francis Collins poses with Bruce Tromberg and his wife Patty Tromberg
Bruce Tromberg (middle) has joined the NIH family as director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). He was accompanied by his wife, Patty (right) at the swearing in ceremony on January 7, 2019. Credit: NIBIB

Workshop on Global Health

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Francis Collins walking with Bill Gates and Tony Fauci
The NIH teamed with the Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation to hold their fifth annual consultative workshop on global health. The workshop took place on December 11, 2018 in Bethesda, MD. Some of the topics discussed were a universal flu vaccine, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and maternal, neonatal and child health. Here, I am heading to the workshop with Bill Gates (left) and Tony Fauci (far left), director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Credit: NIH

Talking with Middle School Students in Wisconsin

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I live-streamed recently with a sharp group of science students at the Johnson Creek Middle School, Johnson Creek WI. The topic of our conversation was how to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)? Among the questions that the students posed: What inspired you to become a scientist? What are roadblocks and how do you to overcome them? Here are my answers as well as our full conversation, which took place on December 10, 2018.


Visiting with an All of Us Research Program Team

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Dr. Francis Collins poses with All of Us Research grantees
It was wonderful spending an afternoon with the All of Us Research Program team that’s so hard at work in the San Diego area. The team members shared with me their outreach efforts, accomplishments, and goals moving ahead. The All of Us Research Program will partner with 1 million or more people residing in the United States to advance research and improve health. Our meeting took place at the Scripps Research Translational Institute, La Jolla, CA on December 4, 2018. Credit: All of Us

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