Director’s Album – Photos
July 23rd, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
On July 21, I also had the opportunity to express my gratitude to the outstanding team at NIH’s Central Utility Plant (CUP). The CUP provides steam, chilled water, compressed air, and approximately 30 percent of the electricity to NIH’s Bethesda campus, serving an excess of 12 million gross square feet of facilities. That makes CUP one of the largest and most technologically advanced district energy plants in the US. While there, I visited the CUP control room, shown above. Very impressive. Thanks once again to Farhad Memarzadeh and everyone at CUP for helping to keep the NIH campus operating smoothly during this difficult time. Credit: NIH
July 13th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
In past years, Roger Glass (top left), director of NIH’s Fogarty International Center (FIC), and I have taken an in-person group photo with the FIC fellows and scholars. This year, due to the international health and travel challenges posed by the global COVID-19 pandemic, a Zoom composite of some of the young researchers will have to do! I spoke to the group on the morning of July 13 as part of FIC’s week-long Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars. The program provides collaborative, mentored global health research training in low- and middle-income countries. Individual students, postdoctoral fellows, or faculty from the U.S. and abroad apply for a 12-month placement at a participating global institution. The meeting has brought together 122 fellows and scholars (US and international), seven Fulbright Fogarty Fellows, 16 alumni, and many others to the event. As you can see in my photo, I had to be out of town this year, and I spoke to everyone buckled up while returning to the Washington, D.C. area. But I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to share my vision for global health research and point to some of the many opportunities available in global health for young academics from the U.S. and other nations.
June 30th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
It was my pleasure to join Marie Bernard, NIH chief officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (SWD), in welcoming everyone to the virtual 2021 NIH Future Research Leaders Conference on June 29. The two-day conference, sponsored by SWD, offered a career-development opportunity for about 30 talented early-stage scientists interested in pursuing careers within NIH’s on-campus Intramural Research Program. These future research leaders had a chance to hear from NIH leadership and tenure-track investigators about strategies for developing an independent research career at NIH. They also will now connect with a network of scientists from across many of NIH’s 27 institutes and centers, including in their scientific focus areas. As I stated in my remarks, scientific discovery and health advancement require not only exceptional talent but diverse perspectives. Welcome to the NIH family.
May 27th, 2021 by Dr. Francis Collins
On May 26, I testified in person before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service (HHS), Education, and Related Agencies. The hearing was titled: National Institutes of Health’s FY22 Budget and the State of Medical Research. Joining me were several NIH institute directors, including Tony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID); Diana Bianchi, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Ned Sharpless, National Cancer Institute; Gary Gibbons, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and Eliseo Perez-Stable, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.