The U.S. Senate today confirmed Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., as the new director of the NIH. President Barack Obama had nominated Dr. Collins for the position in early July.
“This is a new day for healthcare in the United States,” says Sharon F. Terry, president and CEO of the Genetic Alliance in Washington, DC. “Dr. Collins understands that he needs to integrate all this fabulous discovery, biomedical, and clinical research into transformative health solutions. No one will be left out.”
Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist best known for his leadership of the Human Genome Project and his discoveries of disease genes. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) from 1993 to 2008.
Dr. Collins received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Virginia, a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Yale University, and an M.D. with Honors from the University of North Carolina.
Prior to coming to NIH he spent nine years on the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he was an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has been elected to the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007.