You're in! See your latest actions or visit profile and dashboard
Account Information
Dashboard
March for Babies Dashboard

  • Preferences
  • Messages
  • Favorites

New NIH Director was Basil O'Connor Research Scholar

, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Media Contacts

Todd P. Dezen (914-997-4608)
Elizabeth Lynch (914-997-4286)
press@marchofdimes.com
save print
e-mail

WASHINGTON, D.C., AUGUST 10 -- On August 7, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., as the next Director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Collins, former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, was named in 1985 by the March of Dimes as a Basil O'Connor Research Scholar when he received a grant the Foundation reserves for young investigators at the start of their independent careers.

Dr. Collins was instrumental in the discovery of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis, thereby providing the opportunity to design interventions for managing this complex birth defect and accelerating the search for its amelioration and potential cure. As Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, Dr. Collins oversaw the sequencing and mapping of the human genome, a major contribution to scientific research and one that has already led to the development of strategies for preventing and treating various birth defects and hereditary diseases.

A letter of support for Dr. Collins’s nomination to the NIH was sent by March of Dimes President Dr. Jennifer Howse to Senator Edward M. Kennedy and was published in the Congressional Record on August 7, 2009.


For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Change my location


My ZIP code:
 

Edit my location

Sign in or Sign up to edit location.

[X]

Research breakthroughs

March of Dimes funded research is saving the lives of thousands of babies each year.