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NIH Director Collins will step down at end of 2021
September/October 2021 Volume 20 Number 5
Dr. Roger Glass (left) and Dr. Francis
Dr. Francis S. Collins has
announced he will end his
tenure as NIH director by
the end of the year. Collins
is the longest serving
NIH director, having served
in three administrations.
During his 12-year leadership, NIH’s budget grew by 38%, from $30 billion
in 2009 to $41.3 billion in 2021.
A physician-geneticist, Collins previously served as the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
from 1993-2008, where he led the international Human
Genome Project, which culminated in a finished sequence
of the human DNA instruction book.
As NIH Director, Collins travelled widely and supported a
number of significant global health research and training
initiatives, including the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) program, the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the Health-Professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI) and the new Data Science in Africa (DS-I Africa) program.
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