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Rejecting ‘Big Science’ Tag, Collins Sets Five Themes for NIH

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Science  21 Aug 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5943, pp. 927
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_927a

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The new director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) laid out his priorities this week, spending his 1st day on the job speaking to his staff and reporters. Physician-geneticist Francis Collins said he plans to emphasize five "themes," including health care reform and translating research into medicine. Collins also sought to allay perhaps the biggest concerns about his nomination last month by President Barack Obama, saying that he will protect investigator-initiated science and that his religious interests will not influence how he runs the agency.