Is Francis Collins leaving the NIH in good health? – Times Higher Education (THE) – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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As Francis Collins leaves the US National Institutes of Health directorship after a record 12 years, it’s widely agreed that on many levels there is not likely to be anyone like him again.

The question, instead, is what traits expressed by the world-class physician-geneticist with the astoundingly astute political touch are worth keeping in the NIH germ line.

For universities, one clear answer involves money. From his appointment in 2009, through presidencies and congressional majorities of both parties, Dr Collins’ folksy and low-controversy style helped the NIH budget – the top source of federal research dollars in higher education – grow 38 per cent to more than $41 billion (£31 billion).

His performance was especially remarkable during the four years of the Trump administration, where he stood virtually alone among top Obama-era appointees, faulted by some academics for giving legitimacy to an administration of anti-science racial bigot


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