Newt Gingrich: Trump may keep Dr. Francis Collins at NIH

The question of whether to keep on Francis Collins, MD, PhD, as director of the National Institutes of Health is "under active consideration," Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House and current adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, told STAT in an interview.

In addition to citing Dr. Collins' research background, Mr. Gingrich pointed to a letter of recommendation from four Republican Congressmen as reasons Dr. Collins may be asked to stay.

Mr. Gingrich also told STAT he believes the NIH will see funding grow under the Trump presidency. Mr. Trump's administration is committed to research, science and technology, according to Mr. Gingrich.

"I think it's fair to say this is going to be a very science- and technology-oriented administration," Mr. Gingrich told STAT.

Read the full interview here.


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