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Vol. LXI, No. 17
August 21, 2009

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Collins Wins Unanimous Confirmation as Next NIH Director

Dr. Francis Collins
Dr. Francis Collins

Dr. Francis Collins was confirmed by the Senate by unanimous consent on Aug. 7 to become the 16th NIH director. The announcement was made by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who said, “Dr. Collins is one of our generation’s great scientific leaders. A physician and geneticist, [he] served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, where he led the Human Genome Project to completion. Dr. Collins will be an outstanding leader. Today is an exciting day for NIH and for science in this country.”

Collins began his new job on Aug. 17. All were invited to a Town Hall meeting he was to host that day from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Natcher auditorium.NIHRecord Icon

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