The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 06, 2017
President Donald J. Trump Announces Continuation of Dr. Francis Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health President Donald J. Trump today announced the continuation of Dr. Francis Collins as Director of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Francis Collins will continue to serve as the Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. 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. Before coming to NIH, Dr. Collins was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the University of Michigan. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008, and has served as NIH Director since 2009.