January 16th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins
What a thrill it was for me and my wife Diane Baker to join nine others in being named Washingtonians of the Year 2019. The award, now in its 48th year, is sponsored by Washingtonian Magazine and honors people whose “hard work, creativity, innovation, and commitment” help to make the Washington, D. C. area a great place to live. That certainly describes Diane, as well as our commitment as a couple to give back to the community. During the awards luncheon, the honorees gathered for a photo. Diane is in the front row wearing a gold sweater. The luncheon was held on January 15, 2020 at the Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. Credit: NIH
August 16th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins
On August 15, I spent the evening at Camp Fantastic, Front Royal, VA, with my wife Diane Baker (front) and all these incredible kids. Camp Fantastic allows children undergoing cancer treatment to spend a week around the campfire and feel like regular kids again. So far, more than 2,000 children have benefited from this wonderful program. I should note that camp volunteers are asked to wear funny hats, which I gladly did. So did Steve Chanock (middle left), the camp’s medical director and a researcher at NIH’s National Cancer Institute. He’s the one in the corn cap. 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.
February 6th, 2019 by Dr. Francis Collins