WASHINGTON (WNN) — The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis S. Collins says he is stepping down by the end of the year, leading the research center for 12 years and becoming a major source of public information during this time. Coronavirus pandemic.
“There comes a time where an institution like the NIH really benefits from a new vision, a new leadership,” Collins, 71, said in an interview with the Washington Post. “It was the right time.”
A formal announcement was expected from the NIH on Tuesday. The Post and Politico reported on Collins’ plans Monday night.
Located in Bethesda, Maryland and part of the Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the nation’s medical research agency and operates more than two dozen institutions and centers. It claims to be the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world.
Collins was appointed director by President Barack Obama in 2009 and asked to remain in that position by Presidents Donald Trump and Joe Biden. He is the only President-appointed NIH director to serve under multiple administrations.
In an interview with the Post, Collins said he had decided not to stay in the Biden administration for too long and was confident that the NIH’s role in developing therapeutics, tests and vaccines for the coronavirus was in “a very stable place.” had reached.
Collins served as director of the NIH’s National Human Genome Research Institute from 1993–2008 and led the International Human Genome Project, which completed a complete sequencing of the human DNA instruction book in 2003.