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Statement on the retirement of Dr. Josie Briggs

August 10, 2017 - 1:30pm
It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Josie Briggs, M.D., will be retiring in October from the directorship of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
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Checkpoints on our road toward continuous improvement

July 31, 2017 - 4:00pm
Clinical and research staff have embraced the pursuit of high reliability, and are focused on early recognition of potential problems and providing solutions for continuous improvement.
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Drs. Collins and Wolinetz co-author a commentary on the Common Rule and the NIH single IRB policy

June 29, 2017 - 12:30pm
Drs. Collins and Wolinetz explain how NIH’s single IRB policy for multisite clinical research studies is complementary to the final Common Rule. The American Journal of Bioethics. Online: June 29, 2017.
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Testimony on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request before the Senate Committee

June 22, 2017 - 2:00pm
Testimony on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request before the Senate Committee.
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Dr. Collins and Dr. Atul Gawande chat about bringing precision delivery to precision medicine

June 13, 2017 - 1:30pm
Dr. Collins and researcher, surgeon & best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande hosted a Facebook Live Q&A to talk about systems science & innovations in healthcare delivery.
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Selection of Dr. Norman “Ned” Sharpless as Director of the National Cancer Institute

June 12, 2017 - 2:00pm
President Trump intends to select Norman E. “Ned” Sharpless, M.D., as the new director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
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Launching the Next Generation Researchers Initiative to Strengthen the Biomedical Research Enterprise

June 8, 2017 - 6:30pm
In recognition of the call for such action in the 21st Century Cures Act, we are naming this effort the Next Generation Researchers Initiative.
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Scientists and musicians come together to explore the role music can plan in health

June 6, 2017 - 6:30pm
As part of the NIH-Kennedy Center Sound Health Initiative, a series of workshops and performances focused on the connections between music, health/wellness, and science. STAT. June 6, 2017
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Dr. Collins and renowned soprano Renée Fleming talk Sound Health with NPR

June 2, 2017 - 4:45pm
Dr. Collins and renowned soprano Renée Fleming join NPR All Things Considered host Robert Siegel to discuss the partnership between the NIH and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts called Sound Health to explore the effects of music on health and wellness and perform a duet.
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Dr. Collins and opera singer Renée Fleming co-author an article in JAMA about the Sound Health: Music and the Mind initiative

June 2, 2017 - 4:45pm
Dr. Collins and Renée Fleming co-author an article in JAMA about the Sound Health: Music and the Mind initiative and the promise of music and music therapy for individual patients. JAMA. Online: June 2, 2017
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Dr. Collins and NIDA Director Dr. Volkow co-author a NEJM Special Report on the role of science in addressing the opioid crisis

May 31, 2017 - 9:00pm
In a co-authored NEJM Special Report, Dr. Collins and NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow outline a new public-private partnership initiative to address the opioid crisis. This new initiative will focus on three scientific areas: overdose-reversal and prevention interventions, new medications to treat opioid addiction, and non-addictive interventions for chronic pain. N Engl J Med. Online: May 31, 2017.
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Appointment of Dr. Alfred Johnson as NIH Deputy Director for Management

May 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
Dr. Johnson has been serving as the NIH Acting Deputy Director for Management since May 2016, and brings an incredible depth of NIH experience to this role.
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Testimony on the Transformative Power of Biomedical Research

May 17, 2017 - 2:00pm
Discussion on NIH’s diverse investments in biomedical research and some of the exciting scientific opportunities on the horizon, I want to thank this Subcommittee for your sustained commitment to NIH to ensure that our nation remains the global leader in the life sciences and advances in human health.
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New NIH Approach to Grant Funding Aimed at Optimizing Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars

May 2, 2017 - 7:15pm
Today we want to put forward a new approach to making sure that we are exercising optimum stewardship of the funds that we receive from taxpayers.
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NIH Reaches Another Milestone Toward Clinical Trial Stewardship Reforms

May 2, 2017 - 1:00pm
As the largest public funder of clinical trials in the United States with an annual investment of about $3 billion, and in recognition of the dedicated research participants who volunteer their time and selves to forward medical progress, NIH takes its stewardship of our clinical trial enterprise very seriously.
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To celebrate National DNA Day, Dr. Collins and NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins host a Q&A on science in space

April 25, 2017 - 1:15pm
Dr. Collins and Dr. Rubins hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on the benefits of conducting research at the International Space Station and the ongoing partnership between NIH and NASA. Dr. Rubins was the first person to sequence DNA in space.
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