Francis Collins has been nominated by the Obama Administration to be head of the National Institutes of Health. Here’s an excerpt from The Scientist News Blog about the nomination:
‘He is an exceptional scientist, administrator, and communicator’, wrote Association of American Medical Colleges president Darrell Kirch in a statement. ‘His skillful direction of [The Human Genome Project] – one of the greatest technical, scientific, and management accomplishments of our lifetime – is just one example of the expertise he will bring to NIH and its 27 institutes and centers.’
All of that, AND he’s a geneticist! Someone who understands the importance of identifying and understanding the function of the genes that give rise to the proteins and enzymes that drive all the metabolic pathways — fundamental to understanding the causes of neurodegenerative diseases. Exactly the approach taken by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.
It also doesn’t hurt that Collins has for a long time known and respected the work of several of our Research Consortium members, including Rudy Tanzi with whom Collins was pictured in a recent GQ photo spread to advance awareness and the importance of scientific research.