SEASON 1, EPISODE 3
What will it take for a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed before the end of the year? And how devastating has the pandemic been on other important research? In this episode of “Beyond the White Coat,” David Skorton, AAMC president and CEO, talks with Francis Collins, MD, PhD, director of the National Institutes of Health, to discuss how the nation can push ahead with the most critical research projects in a time when so much is constrained by unusual circumstances. This could be science’s finest hour, so how will we use this moment well?
Francis Collins, MD, PhD, is the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this role, Dr. Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.
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 the NIH from 1993-2008.
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In Case You're Interested:
"NIH mobilizes national innovation initiative for COVID-19 diagnostics" (National Institutes of Health, April 29, 2020)
"Labs put research on ice" (AAMCNews, April 21, 2020)
"To address COVID-19 and future pandemics, we must answer fundamental questions" (Research!America, April 15, 2020)
"Here’s why we can’t rush a COVID-19 vaccine” (AAMCNews, March 31, 2020)
"Coronavirus testing: How academic medical labs are stepping up to fill a void" (AAMCNews, March 12, 2020)
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