Director’s Album – Photos
June 20th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
Jeremy Farrar (left), director of the Wellcome Trust, London, delivered the 2019 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture on June 19 in NIH’s Masur Auditorium. The lecture was titled, “Global Health in a Changing World.” Jeremy also presented me with a copy of the just-released Wellcome Global Monitor 2018. It offers the results of Wellcome’s survey of 140,000 people worldwide about science and global health challenges. The inside front cover included his handwritten inscription, which he asked me to read aloud to the audience, “Francis and all colleagues and friends at the N.I.H. We admire, respect, and give all our thanks for your leadership and friendship. Very best wishes, Jeremy.” The annual lecture honors the late David Edward Barmes, special expert for international health in the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The NIDCR cosponsors the Barmes Lecture with NIH’s Fogarty International Center. Credit: Marleen Van den Neste.
June 12th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
I got to spend the lunch hour playing with my band the Affordable Rock ‘n’ Roll Act (ARRA) to support Camp Fantastic. This program provides a series of week-long summer camps in Virginia and Maryland for kids with cancer. My band played under the canopy of the NIH Clinical Center’s South Lobby on June 11, 2019. Credit: NIH
June 10th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
On June 7, 2019, I had the pleasure of moderating a discussion with science journalist and author Helen Thomson. We discussed her 2018 book Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains before a full house in NIH’s Masur Auditorium. The book was the featured title for the third-annual NIH Big Read. The Big Read, sponsored by the NIH Library and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences, fosters community in the workplace by asking interested NIH staff to read a book together. The Big Read culminates each year with a public discussion of the book with its author. Credit: NIH
May 30th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
On May 23, Sarah Lawrence College held its Graduate Commencement 2019 under a large tent on the South Lawn of its Bronxville, NY campus. Sarah Lawrence alumna Diane Baker, a pioneer in genetic counseling whom I’m lucky to call my wife, and I gave the commencement address. Afterwards, I snapped this photo with Diane (center) and Sarah Lawrence president Cristle Collins Judd (right). Congratulations graduates!
May 21st, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
On May 17, 2019, NIH celebrated National Bike to Work Day. It was a beautiful morning for everyone to gather on the NIH campus and salute the many positive aspects of biking to work. Joining me in this photo are (from left to right) my daughter Margaret Collins; my wife Diane Baker; and Vernon Anderson, a program director with NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and president of the NIH Bicycle Commuter Club. Credit: Lisa Helfert.