Government Executive - Authors - Dr. Francis Collinshttp://www.govexec.comFrancis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In that role he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH from 1993-2008.en-usFri, 08 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400Imagine If Thousands of Medical Researchers Could Have a Quick Conversationhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/imagine-if-thousands-medical-researchers-could-have-quick-conversation/90893/NIH's PubMed Commons is catalyzing scientist-to-scientist interactions.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Fri, 08 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/08/imagine-if-thousands-medical-researchers-could-have-quick-conversation/90893/Management - Promising PracticesNIH’s Formula for Innovation: People + Ideas + Timehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/07/nihs-formula-innovation-people-ideas-time/89462/Institutes pilot longer grant cycles for sustained medical research funding.Dr. Francis Collins and Sally Rockey, National Institutes of Health Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/07/nihs-formula-innovation-people-ideas-time/89462/Management - Promising PracticesNIH scientists work on mapping the brain in 2008.National Institutes of HealthAt NIH, Biomedical Research Is Enough to Make You Break Into Songhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/07/nih-biomedical-research-can-make-you-break-song/88024/The Common Fund celebrates 10 years of transformative science.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:59:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/07/nih-biomedical-research-can-make-you-break-song/88024/Management - Promising PracticesCollins sang at the event this year.NIHHow Big Data Can Improve Your Healthhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/05/how-big-data-can-improve-your-health/84904/NIH helps researchers mine clinical records for genetic links to diseases.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 21 May 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/05/how-big-data-can-improve-your-health/84904/Management - Promising Practiceseverything possible/Shutterstock.comCreative Minds: Making Sense of Stress and the Brainhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/03/creative-minds-making-sense-stress-and-brain/80899/Our ‘fight or flight’ impulse can do lasting damage.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Thu, 20 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/03/creative-minds-making-sense-stress-and-brain/80899/Management - Promising PracticesPhotoXpressCreative Minds: Can Microbes Influence Mental Health?http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/01/creative-minds-can-microbes-influence-mental-health/77564/Gut bacteria could be affecting your thought process.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Mon, 27 Jan 2014 11:02:38 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2014/01/creative-minds-can-microbes-influence-mental-health/77564/Management - Promising PracticesTriff/Shutterstock.comScientists Find Possible Cause of Bipolar Disorderhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/10/scientists-find-possible-cause-bipolar-disorder/72848/NIH-funded genomic advances help unravel the mysteries of bipolar disorder.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 30 Oct 2013 09:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/10/scientists-find-possible-cause-bipolar-disorder/72848/Management - Promising PracticesImage via Dream Designs/Shutterstock.comGenome Exhibit Opens at Smithsonianhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/06/genome-exhibit-opens-smithsonian/64865/New exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Thu, 13 Jun 2013 16:52:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/06/genome-exhibit-opens-smithsonian/64865/Management - Promising PracticesImage via nmid/Shutterstock.comYes, It’s True: There’s Fungus Among Ushttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/yes-its-true-theres-fungus-among-us/63833/NIH-funded research reveals our bodies are covered in fungus.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 29 May 2013 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/yes-its-true-theres-fungus-among-us/63833/Management - Promising PracticesA fluorescent microscope image of a human hair shaft in the skin surrounded by bacteria (purple) and fungi (blue).Alex Valm, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIHNIH Finds Sleep Gene Linked to Migraineshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/sleep-gene-linked-migraines/63416/NIH-funded researchers track down hereditary connection to migraines.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 22 May 2013 07:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/sleep-gene-linked-migraines/63416/Management - Promising PracticesImage via Peter Bernik/Shutterstock.comHow the Zebrafish May Hold the Key to Human Diseasehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/how-zebrafish-may-hold-key-human-disease/63186/Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 15 May 2013 16:52:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/how-zebrafish-may-hold-key-human-disease/63186/Management - Promising PracticesResearcher Zhaoxia Sun, at Yale, uses the zebrafish to study Polycystic Kidney Disease, which affects more than 600,000 Americans. Mutations in the zebrafish vhnf1 gene, and its human counterpart, cause cysts in both zebrafish and human kidneys.Wikimedia CommonsScientists Make Progress in Slowing Diabetes http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/scientists-make-progress-slowing-diabetes/63047/NIH-funded researchers discover hormone that might slow or stop the progression of diabetes.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 08 May 2013 16:28:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/scientists-make-progress-slowing-diabetes/63047/Management - Promising PracticesImage via Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.comThe Double Anniversary of the Double Helixhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/double-anniversary-double-helix/62925/It's been 60 years since DNA's discovery and 10 years since it was mapped.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 01 May 2013 16:08:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/05/double-anniversary-double-helix/62925/Management - Promising PracticesImage via Mathagraphics/Shutterstock.comNIH Shines a Bright Light on Cocaine Addictionhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/04/nih-shines-bright-light-cocaine-addiction/62738/New research technique uses lasers to reveal root of addiction.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/04/nih-shines-bright-light-cocaine-addiction/62738/Management - Promising PracticesOptogenetic stimulation using laser pulses lights up the prelimbic cortex.Courtesy of Billy Chen and Antonello BonciThe Brain: Now You See It, Soon You Won’thttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/04/brain-now-you-see-it-soon-you-wont/62461/Inside the amazing, and beautiful, new technique allowing us to see inside the brain.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:35:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/04/brain-now-you-see-it-soon-you-wont/62461/Management - Promising PracticesThis is the hippocampus, a structure important for learning, memory, and emotion. Each color represents a different molecular label; this labeling can happen after the brain is CLARIFied but still fully intact. Kwanghun Chung and Karl Deisseroth, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Stanford UniversityA Big Day for Science: Welcome to the BRAIN Initiativehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/04/big-day-science-welcome-brain-initiative/62245/Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, would like to tell you about the President's newest initiative.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Tue, 02 Apr 2013 16:13:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/04/big-day-science-welcome-brain-initiative/62245/Management - Promising PracticesDr. Francis Collins spoke at the White House today about the initiative.Charles Dharapak/APBrown Fat, White Fat, Good Fat, Bad Fathttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/brown-fat-white-fat-good-fat-bad-fat/62095/Not all fat is created equal, says NIH Director.Dr. Francis CollinsTue, 26 Mar 2013 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/brown-fat-white-fat-good-fat-bad-fat/62095/Management - Promising PracticesPatrick Seale, University of Pennsylvania School of MedicineBrown fat cells (stained brown with antibodies against the brown fat-specific protein Ucp1) nestled in amongst white fat cells.Photo: 'OMG' Microscope Lives Up to Its Namehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/photo-omg-microscope-lives-its-name/62021/Check out this beautiful (and award winning) image from NIH's newest microscope.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:34:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/photo-omg-microscope-lives-its-name/62021/Management - Promising PracticesIndiana UniversityNIH Gains New Insight Into Cause of Parkinson’s Diseasehttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/new-insight-parkinsons-disease/61836/NIH-funded research may have discovered a key cause of the disease.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:39:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/03/new-insight-parkinsons-disease/61836/Management - Promising PracticesLeft - Healthy neuron with alpha-synuclein (green) protein. Red dots are trash lysosomes with alpha-synuclein entering, hence an orange hue. Right - Sick neuron from LRRK2 brain. Lysosomes are enlarged as the alpha-synuclein is unable to enter the trash.Image courtesy of Samantha Orenstein and Dr. Esperanza Arias, Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New YorkExamining The Human Connectome Project http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/02/human-connectome-project-revealed/61574/A look at the NIH-supported effort that’s aimed at revealing the “symphony” that’s happening at the speed of thought within our brains every second of every day.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:08:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/02/human-connectome-project-revealed/61574/Management - Promising Practiceshumanconnectomeproject.orgWhat the Mouse Can Teach Us (And What It Can't)http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/02/what-mouse-taught-us-and-what-it-cant/61380/NIH is looking at a high tech alternative to testing on mice.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Wed, 20 Feb 2013 16:25:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/02/what-mouse-taught-us-and-what-it-cant/61380/Management - Promising PracticesImage via Yurchyks/Shutterstock.comTaking a Snapshot of the Human Immune Systemhttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/02/taking-snapshot-human-immune-system/61257/Thanks to NIH funding, an antibody snapshot could help diagnose immune disorders.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:54:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/02/taking-snapshot-human-immune-system/61257/Management - Promising PracticesImage via Sebastian Kaulitzki/Shutterstock.comNIH Advances the Push for Extreme Personalized Medicine http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/01/nih-advances-push-extreme-personalized-medicine/60794/NIH funding has produced promising new tools for repairing errors in the human genome.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:45:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/01/nih-advances-push-extreme-personalized-medicine/60794/Management - Promising PracticesPhoto: Why We're So Excited About Stem Cellshttp://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/01/photo-why-were-so-excited-about-stem-cells/60652/Stem cells are not only spectacularly beautiful, they hold spectacular promise for treating diseases like Parkinson's.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/01/photo-why-were-so-excited-about-stem-cells/60652/Management - Promising PracticesCourtesy of Dr. Ole Isacson, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.Tackling the Bottlenecks in the Drug Development Pipeline http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/01/tackling-bottlenecks-drug-development-pipeline/60522/The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences is taking steps that could lead to faster, and cheaper, drug development cycles.Dr. Francis Collins, National Institutes of Health Mon, 07 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0500http://www.govexec.com/excellence/promising-practices/2013/01/tackling-bottlenecks-drug-development-pipeline/60522/Management - Promising PracticesImage via jordache/Shutterstock.com