UPDATED: Longtime NIH director Francis Collins resigns to make room for 'new vision'
Francis Collins is stepping down from the NIH, the agency announced Tuesday morning, leaving a rich legacy of research accomplishments, initiatives as well as values.
He will leave the post by the end of the year and return to his lab at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). A successor has not yet been named.
With a 12-year tenure spanning three presidencies, Collins, 71, has been the longest-serving NIH director. He was first appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, after serving as director of the NHGRI — which in turn followed an illustrious career hunting for genes at the University of Michigan and leading the Human Genome Project.
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