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Dr. Francis Collins: Biomedical Research and What’s Becoming Possible

Summary

In this episode, a discussion with National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins covering the new All of Us Research program, NIH’s work to combat the opioid epidemic, and advances like gene editing and cancer immunotherapy that are changing how we treat disease.

 

Dr. Francis Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993–2008. He was appointed NIH Director by President Barack Obama in 2009 and selected by President Donald Trump in 2017 to continue to serve in this role.