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Director’s Album – Photos

Announcing the HEALing Communities Awards

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HEALing Communities press conference
Along with (left to right) Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir; I was pleased to take part in a news conference on April 18, 2019 to announce the awardees for our HEALing Communities Study. The study will aim to reduce opioid overdose deaths dramatically in some of our nation’s hardest-hit communities. Credit: HHS

Making the Case for Down Syndrome Research

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Francis Collins standing with Frank Stephens
Great to see Frank Stephens at a hearing on NIH’s budget for Fiscal Year 2020! As I told the House Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee on April 2, 2019, I’m inspired by his advocacy for research that will benefit people with Down syndrome and many other diseases. Credit: NIH

Testifying Before House Subcommittee

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On April 2, 2019, I testified before the House Labor/HHS Appropriations Subcommittee on NIH’s budget for Fiscal Year 2020. Here I am waiting for the hearing to start with my colleagues (left to right) Gary Gibbons, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Diana Bianchi, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Credit: NIH


ENDO 2019

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It was my honor to serve as a judge at the KnockOut Rounds. The session was part of ENDO 2019 in New Orleans, the Endocrine Society’s 101st Annual Meeting. The winners are (left to right): Loize Marechai, Rachel Gonzalez, Juanita Hodax, and Carlos Perez-Kerkvliet. As part of this unique KnockOut format, presenters must describe the big-picture relevance of their research to a general audience in 3 minutes or less and use just one PowerPoint slide. The afternoon session took place on March 23, 2019. Credit: @NIHDirector

Visiting University of Washington

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I had a fabulous time in Seattle visiting the University of Washington and learning more about some very innovative research that combines precision medicine, genomics, and data science. Joining me on the visit was Senator Patty Murray of Washington. In this photo are (from left to right) Paul Ramsey, dean of the University of Washington School of Medicine; Heather Mefford, deputy scientific director of the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, Seattle; Senator Murray; and Jay Shendure, scientific director of the Brotman Baty Institute. The visit took place on March 20., 2019. Credit: NIH


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