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2010-11-03 14:55:09

A team led by researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has captured the most comprehensive snapshot to date of DNA regions that regulate genes in human pancreatic islet cells, a subset of which produces insulin. The study highlights the importance of genome regulatory sequences in human health and disease, particularly type 2 diabetes, which affects more than 20 million people in the United States and 200 million people...

2010-10-21 00:00:39

Dr. Collins to present on future directions in genetics research in a special symposium and press Q&A event at ASHG 2010 meeting in Washington, D.C. Bethesda, MD (Vocus) October 20, 2010 WHAT:    ASHG 2010 Special Symposium and Press Q&A Session: "Looking Toward a Healthier Future: Perspectives from the NIH" The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) will be hosting a special symposium titled, "Looking Toward a Healthier Future: Perspectives from the NIH"...

2010-05-19 09:51:00

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Drug Development Model Spawns More Than 30 Promising Therapies BETHESDA, Md., May 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., will lead a briefing on Capitol Hill Thursday, May 20, to discuss how funding for medical research at the NIH can be used more quickly to create new therapies for patients and save lives. Since being appointed director of the NIH, Collins has stressed the importance of...

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2010-04-02 07:40:00

With the 10th anniversary of the human genome's discovery, experts continue to pour time and money into research hoping to deliver on promises of a medical renaissance. According to an April 1 article by Richard Ingham of the AFP, "The genome has yet to deliver on promises it would usher in a golden age of medicine," despite billions of dollars being spent studying human DNA hoping to cure cancer, solve the mysteries of heart disease, and put an end to illnesses like the common cold once and...

2010-02-10 20:09:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and recipient of the nation's highest scientific honors, will address the National Press Club at a February 26 Speaker Luncheon. Topic of his talk will be "A New Era of Quantum Leaps in Biomedical Research." The luncheon was originally scheduled for December, but postponed because of snow. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080917/NPCLOGO ) NIH, a part of the U.S....

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2009-12-02 13:55:00

The government approved on Wednesday the use of the first 13 batches of embryonic stem cells for federally funded research under relaxed restrictions announced by President Barack Obama in March. Scores of additional batches, known as lines, should soon be available, the government said. The privately funded batches were made by two researchers at Harvard University and Rockefeller University, according to Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). President Obama's...

2009-10-08 09:30:00

Historic Time in Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis as Promising Drugs Reach Phase 3 Trials BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., the new NIH director who led an international effort to map the human genome and co-discovered the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis, will address more than 3,000 leading scientists and clinicians from around the world at the 23rd annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC). Held in Minneapolis from...

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2009-10-01 05:40:00

President Barack Obama unveiled on Wednesday a plan to invest $5 billion on medical and scientific research, medical supplies and upgrading laboratory capacity, something he said would create tens of thousands of new jobs over the next two years. The funding, which will pay for 12,000 grant awards for leading-edge research into diseases such as cancer and AIDS, is part of the $787 billion economic stimulus package passed by Congress earlier this year. Institutions and researchers will have to...

2009-07-10 19:36:00

WASHINGTON, July 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council for American Medical Innovation today applauded President Obama's appointment of renowned geneticist Dr. Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health (NIH). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090325/DC89081LOGO ) "Dr. Collins is both a friend to the Council and a true pioneer in medical innovation," said Council President Dick Gephardt. "His passion and understanding of the immense value and implications of...

2009-07-09 16:57:00

WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The President of the American Chemical Society, Thomas H. Lane, Ph.D., issued the following statement today on President Obama's nomination of Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., to be Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH): "At no other time in recent memory has there been such a sense of opportunity -- and expectation -- in the power of science to deliver solutions to the grand challenges facing our nation, and indeed, all of humanity....


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