U.S. President Trump Taps Francis Collins To Remain As NIH Director

Nature: Trump says Francis Collins will stay on at the NIH
“U.S. President Donald Trump has chosen Francis Collins to lead the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a permanent basis, the White House announced [Tuesday]. Collins, who has led the agency since August 2009, is a holdover from the administration of President Barack Obama — and is now the first NIH director since the 1970s to be chosen by two presidents…” (Morello, 6/6).

POLITICO: Trump will keep NIH director
“…There has long been speculation about whether Trump would keep Collins on to oversee the $34 billion per year medical research agency. Rep. Andy Harris, a Republican doctor from Maryland, had also been in the running to be NIH chief…” (Allen, 6/6).

ScienceInsider: Trump retains Collins as NIH director
“…The decision comes despite a recent call from some conservative members of Congress to fire Collins because he supports embryonic stem cell research…” (6/6).

STAT: Trump keeps Francis Collins as NIH director
“…The continuation announced Tuesday isn’t a guarantee that Collins will remain in place for any specific length of time, spokespeople for both the White House and the NIH confirmed. He continues to serve ‘at the pleasure of the president,’ an NIH spokeswoman said…” (Mershon, 6/6).

Washington Post: Francis Collins will stay on as head of NIH
“… ‘I am honored to continue as the director of the National Institutes of Health and consider it a great privilege to serve at a time of unprecedented opportunity to advance health and relieve suffering through biomedical research,’ Collins said in a statement…” (Bernstein, 6/6).

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