We had a great visit with Congressman Ro Khanna (center) of California. Our discussion included recent advances in neuroscience, genomics, Big Data, and research on food allergies. NIH Deputy Director Larry Tabak (left) and I welcomed Congressman Khanna to the NIH Clinical Center on July 30, 2018.
How nice it was to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new hospice suites at the NIH Clinical Center on July 10, 2018. Taking part in the ceremony (from left to right) are: Ann Berger, chief of Pain and Palliative Care at the Clinical Center; Francis Collins; Jim Gilman, the Clinical Center’s chief executive officer; and Gwen Wallen, chief nurse at the Clinical Center. To the right of the Hospice Suites sign is my wife Diane Baker. This extraordinary new unit is comprised of two two-room suites that have been thoughtfully converted into a home-like environment where families can stay with the patients. Credit: NIH
Dr. Robert Redfield (second left), director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, visited NIH on June 12, 2018. Joining me in welcoming him are James Gilman, first chief executive officer for the NIH Clinical Center (left) and Anthony Fauci (right), director of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Credit: NIH
The NIH Director’s band, aka “ARRA” (Affordable Rock’n’ Roll Act) performed at lunchtime under the canopy of the NIH Clinical Center’s South Lobby on June 12, 2018. Here, we get some vocal assistance from John Burklow (middle), associate director for Communications and Public Liaison. Credit: NIH
For a remarkable journey through the front lines of clinical research, I’d like to invite you to join me in viewing First in Human, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel. This three-part docuseries, to be aired August 10, 17, and 24, provides an unprecedented look inside the NIH Clinical Center here in Bethesda, MD, following four of the many brave patients who’ve volunteered to take part in the clinical trials that are so essential to medical breakthroughs.
You’ll learn about what it’s like to take part in an experimental trial of a new treatment, when all standard options have failed. You’ll see that the NIH Clinical Center and its staff are simply amazing. But keep in mind that you don’t have to travel all the way to Bethesda to be part of outstanding, NIH-funded clinical research. In fact, we support clinical trials all across the country, and it’s often possible to find one at a medical institution near your home. To search for a clinical trial that might be right for you or a loved one with a serious medical problem, try going to ClinicalTrials.gov, a web site run by NIH.
Appointed the 16th Director of NIH by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017. President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director.