Francis Collins to Step Down As Director of National Institutes of Health (NIH)

On October 5, 2021, Francis S. Collins, MD, Ph.D., announced his decision to end his tenure as the Director of the National Institutes of Health by the end of the year. Dr. Collins is the longest-serving presidentially appointed NIH director, having served three U.S. presidents over more than 12 years. “It has been an incredible privilege to lead this great agency for more than a decade,” said Dr. Collins. “I love this agency and its people so deeply that the decision to step down was a difficult one, done in close counsel with my wife, Diane Baker, and my family. I am proud of all we’ve accomplished. I fundamentally believe, however, that no single person should serve in the position too long, and that it’s time to bring in a new scientist to lead the NIH into the future. I’m most grateful and proud of the NIH staff and the scientific community, whose extraordinary commitment to lifesaving research delivers hope to the American people and the world every day.”

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