Director’s Album – Photos
March 13th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
With sponsored travel and large gatherings now limited to stop the spread of COVID-19, NIH has been making lots of logistical adjustments. That includes holding the first “virtual” NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS) on March 11, 2020. I started things off from Bethesda, Maryland by looking into a video monitor in a large, mostly empty conference room and introducing Jim Allison, the cancer immunotherapy giant and recent Nobelist at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In Houston, Jim walked to the podium in a mostly empty hall (top left), called for his slides, and delivered a roughly 45-minute presentation titled Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Cancer Therapy: Historical Perspective, New Opportunities, and Prospects for Cures. Taking it all in online was a large NIH audience that included next to me another cancer immunotherapy giant, Steve Rosenberg of NIH’s National Cancer Institute (bottom right). At the conclusion of the presentation, NIH staff emailed questions to the podium in Houston, where Jim provided the answers. Still left to be worked out in this virtual format is how to share afterwards in the real-world coffee, refreshments, and stimulating conversation. Credit: NIH
March 9th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
I had a fantastic two-day visit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. On my second day, I had breakfast with several junior faculty members and later that morning delivered a keynote address to UAB students, faculty, and friends about the exceptional opportunities now available in biomedical research Afterwards, as captured in this photo, I had an extended lunch and plenty of great conversation with several UAB graduate students and post docs. I visited Birmingham on March 5-6, 2020. Credit: Nisha Patel.
March 4th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
What a privilege it was to welcome President Donald Trump to NIH on March 3, 2020 for a tour of the Dale and Betty Bumpers Vaccine Research Center (VRC), which is overseen by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Research is underway in the VRC to develop a safe and effective vaccine for the novel coronavirus. Here, NIAID Director Tony Fauci (center) discusses vaccine research with the President. To my right is Barney Graham, the VRC’s deputy director. To my left are John Mascola, VRC director; Alex Azar, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; President Trump; and Kizzmekia Corbett, a VRC research fellow who is working on developing a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. Credit: NIH
March 3rd, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
Happy 10th anniversary to NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). To mark the occasion, the NIMHD held an informative anniversary scientific symposium on March 3, 2020 at NIH that focused on “Innovations to Promote the Health Equity Agenda.” It was my pleasure to take part in the opening session, where I had a chance to pose for this photo with my colleague and NIMHD Director Eliseo Pérez-Stable. Over the past 30 years, NIMHD and its predecessors, along with their partners and collaborators, have proven that health disparities are real. Everyone deserves to live a healthy life, and health disparities challenge our American sense of fairness. Within the next 30 years, a majority of our nation’s population is projected to be non-white. With this coming demographic shift, it’s more important now than ever for researchers to study minority health and health disparities to understand the health of all people. Credit: NIH.
January 27th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
On January 27, 2020, Josh Denny joined the NIH family as chief executive officer of the All of Us Research Program. He comes to us from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, where among his many duties, Josh helped to lead the All of Us Data and Research Center. After the swearing-in ceremony, I took this photo with Josh and his wife Carolyn. Credit: NIH