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May 15, 2012: U.S. launches national strategy to combat the growing rate of Alzheimer's disease. Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses the details of the initiative on this PBS NewsHour segment. Watch the interview here: External Web Site Policy

May 2012: NIH is profoundly invested in understanding the causes of obesity and the ways to curb this rapidly growing epidemic. View a short film External Web Site Policy about how NIH supports obesity research across the nation, featuring NIH’s Metabolic Clinical Research Unit.

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins discusses the challenges of converting fundamental research into practical therapeutics at the TEDMED Conference 2012.

On May 10, 2012, Dr. Collins appeared on The Colbert Report to discuss obesity and NIH’s initiative with HBO on Weight of the Nation. You can view Dr. Collins’ segment at: External Web Site Policy

Public health experts have long warned of a growing obesity epidemic in America. This week, the Institute of Medicine and others launches a major campaign in hopes of curbing the problem. Ray Suarez and Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health discuss the personal and public consequences of obesity. External Web Site Policy

As part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty program, NIH Director Francis Collins visits Bladensburg HS to motivate students to enter the science, technology and engineering field. March 29, 2012. External Web Site Policy

In an exclusive interview for Medscape’s "One-on-One," NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks to Dr. John C. Reed, CEO of the Sanford-Burnham Institute, about the value of science in medicine and the most exciting developments on the horizon. External Web Site Policy

U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney’s speech before the House in support of scientific research. External Web Site Policy
Transcript - Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s Speech in Support of NIH

In this special IdeasLab series presented at a World Economic Forum meeting, Dr. Collins addresses the impact medical technology has on preventing and treating chronic diseases.
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BioCentury This Week: Francis Collins on the the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, October 23, 2011.
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Dr. Francis Collins talks about recent innovations in medicine. C-SPAN | Washington Journal, September 7, 2011. External Web Site Policy

A Conversation with NIH Director Francis S. Collins: Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Francis Collins, discusses NIH's efforts to improve global healthcare, including an update on the human genome project, a focus on infectious and rare diseases in the developing world, and R&D grants for small businesses. Podcast interview by Sr. Managing Editor Angie Drakulich, as part of the 2011 BIO Convention and BioVentures for Global Health Partnering for Global Health Forum. External Web Site Policy

Dr. Collins focuses on global health, innovation, and the future for young scientists in these video remarks at the 61st Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. They were provided for International Day (Monday, June 27th), sponsored by the American delegation for an audience that included 23 Nobel Laureates and 700 graduate students from 83 countries.

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., offers a message to high school graduates. This video was requested by a motivated graduating senior at a high school in Ontario, but it speaks to students everywhere. May 19, 2011. External Web Site Policy

Watch Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, as he shows how volleyball, biking and other physical activities can benefit the health and well-being of older adults. May 16, 2011.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, talks about the importance of obesity research and the Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research, April 6, 2011. External Web Site Policy

Watch Dr. Francis Collins challenge students in a guest appearance on ‘It’s Academic’, an academic quiz competition for high school students in the Washington, D.C. area— the longest running quiz show in TV history, January 13, 2011. External Web Site Policy

Watch a special live musical performance of Appropriations Blues by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, playing guitar and singing with U.S. Representative David Obey on harmonica.  Their performance was a highlight of the 2010 Research!America Advocacy Awards Dinner, May 4, 2010. External Web Site Policy

Watch the interview by Kaiser Health News with NIH Director Dr. Collins about the role of NIH in helping to lower health care costs through comparative effectiveness research, April 4, 2010: External Web Site Policy

On Monday, February 22, 2010, Dr. Collins introduced Dr. Hans Rosling, professor of International health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and co-founder of Gapminder, a non-profit organization promoting understanding of public statistics. Dr. Rosling discussed “The New Health Gap: Science for Emerging Economies vs. the Bottom Billion" using animated graphics to demonstrate and promote sustainable global development goals. To see the full videocast of this lecture:

Watch NIH Director Francis Collins discuss the NIH, its role as the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, and what the best part of his job is, February 12, 2010. External Web Site Policy

NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins is featured on EarthSky, the radio science site heard worldwide, February 2, 2010

Collins offered his thoughts regarding the future of medical research in the new decade on National Public Radio on January 2, 2010. Hear his perspective: External Web Site Policy

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, Dr. Collins delivered remarks introducing Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D., presenter of the 2009 David E. Barmes Global Health Lecture. Dr. Frenk, dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, discussed "Globalization and Health: The Role of Knowledge in an Interdependent World." Dr. Collins has singled out global health as one of the five areas he wants to focus on during his tenure. To see the full videocast of this year's Barmes lecture:

Marshall Nirenberg, M.D. is remembered as a noted geneticist and the first NIH scientist to win the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1968. Dr. Nirenberg shared the experience of his efforts with NIH co-workers to decipher the genetic code during the "Genes to Proteins: Decoding Genetic Information" Symposium on November 12, 2009 on the NIH campus. He was celebrated that day as his research was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society, November 12, 2009.

On Thursday, October 28, 2009, at the first ever Mobile Technologies as a Platform for Health Research and Healthcare Delivery Health (mHealth) Summit at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Dr. Collins gave a keynote address. The mission of the mHealth Summit is to explore the use of mobile technologies (cell phones, PDAs, etc.) to improve public health. Dr. Collins’ presentation followed a keynote by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and highlighted NIH research opportunities that have the potential to enhance applications of MHealth technologies in the future.

On Monday, October 19, 2009, at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago, Dr. Collins discussed his vision and the key challenges and opportunities facing NIH and the broader scientific community. External Web Site Policy

Dr. Collins gave the keynote address and sang at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's international conference on October 16, 2009 commemorating the 20th anniversary since the team of Francis Collins, Lap Chee Tsui and Jack Riordan discovered the Cystic Fibrosis gene. Watch his performance: External Web Site Policy

Dr. Collins was a guest on The Colbert Report on Thursday, October 1, 2009. Watch the episode: External Web Site Policy

Rock Stars of Science logo"Rock Stars of Science" is a program of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation directed at accelerating bench-to-bedside research. Dr. Collins is a featured participant in the campaign and on September 24, 2009, performed live on Capitol Hill with Aerosmith's Joe Perry. Learn more about the campaign and hear Dr. Collins speak about Personalized Medicine at External Web Site Policy .

Videocast: Constituents Meeting with NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, September 9, 2009

Videocast: NIH All-Hands Town Meeting with Dr. Collins, August 17, 2009

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