Francis Collins, longtime NIH director, to step down by end of year

Francis Collins, who has headed up the National Institutes of Health for 12 years, announced on Tuesday that he is stepping down by the end of the year.​​​

“I am proud of all we’ve accomplished. I fundamentally believe, however, that no single person should serve in the position too long, and that it’s time to bring in a new scientist to lead the NIH into the future​,” Collins said in a statement.

“I’m most grateful and proud of the NIH staff and the scientific community, whose extraordinary commitment to lifesaving research delivers hope to the American people and the world every day​,” added Collins, who has become one of the government’s leading voices on the COVID pandemic. ​​

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