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Francis Collins

Geneticist, Physician

Francis Collins is known for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and leadership of the Human Genome Project, an international project that culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. For his accomplishments, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007 and with the National Medal of Science in 2009. Most recently, he was awarded the 2020 Templeton Prize, which honors individuals for their work on religion and faith. Acknowledged for his consistent emphasis on the importance of ethical and legal issues in genetics, Dr. Collins leads the effort to ensure that this new trove of sequence data is translated into tools for the advancement of biological knowledge and improvement of human health. Dr. Collins was appointed Director of the National Institutes of Health in 2009, a position he continues to hold today. He previously served as Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health from 1993-2008. In addition to his achievements as the NHGRI director, his laboratory discovered a number of important genes, including those responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington’s disease and most recently, genes for adult onset diabetes and the gene that causes Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a dramatic form of premature aging. He is the author of The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, and Belief: Readings on the Reason for Faith.

Past Programs Featuring Francis Collins

Thursday, June 3, 2010 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday, May 31, 2008 | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Saturday, May 31, 2008 | 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm