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U.S. NIH director Francis Collins to step down by year-end By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – NIH Director Fr. Francis Collins will testify in front of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, looking at the budget estimates of National Institute of Health, (NIH), and the state of Capitol Hill’s medical research, Washington, U.S.A, May 26, 2021.

(Reuters) – Francis Collins, the director of U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), said on Tuesday he would step down from his role by the end of the year, after leading the agency for 12 years.

Collins, a pioneer of genetics, was appointed head of NIH under President Barack Obama’s 2009 administration. The 71 year-old continued to work for the agency during three previous presidents.

Trump, President Donald Trump 2017; Biden President in 2021. Collins was asked to keep the position. Since 1971, the NIH director was appointed by the president. Collins has been the NIH’s longest serving head.

Collins has been a leading figure during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Collins had joined the NIH as a 1993 GIB member and helped to lead research that discovered genes linked with Type 2 diabetes.

He was employed at the NIH until May 2008, and then he moved to pursue writing projects before he was appointed director.

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