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                                                                                                              JULY 2009

COLLINS NOMINATED TO LEAD NIH

 

President Obama has selected distinguished geneticist, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., as his nominee to fill Agency's top post

Ending months of speculation, President Obama has named distinguished physician-geneticist Francis Collins as his nominee to head the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Collins served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) from 1993-2008 and is celebrated for his leadership of the Human Genome Project.

"My administration is committed to promoting scientific integrity and pioneering scientific research and I am confident that Dr. Francis Collins will lead the NIH to achieve these goals", said President Obama in a statement released from the White House. "Dr. Collins is one of the top scientists in the world, and his groundbreaking work has changed the very ways we consider our health and examine disease."

Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., president of the American Association for Cancer Research, praised the President's selection. "Dr. Collins' vision and leadership will be critical in realizing the promise of cancer research and of biomedical research more generally to revolutionize health care."

Upon confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Collins will succeed Raynard Kington, M.D., Ph.D., who has served as acting director at the NIH since last fall.

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