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    A Pivotal Moment for Science: A Conversation with Dr. Francis Collins

    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?

    Episode Guest:

    Francis Collins

    Francis Collins, MDPhD, 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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