Trump to keep Dr. Francis Collins as NIH director

Francis Collins, MD, PhD, will continue to serve as director of the National Institutes of Health, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

Dr. Collins has led the agency since 2009, and was director of the agency's National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993-2008. He lead the Human Genome Project, which culminated in 2003 with the first full mapping of the human genome.

Dr. Collins, an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007 and the National Medal of Science in 2009.

Though congress recently voted to increase the NIH's funding by $2 billion in 2017, President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposes cutting NIH funding by 20 percent.

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