A Conversation With Dr. Francis Collins, Director Of The NIH

NIH Director Francis Collins, then-director of the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, announces that a six-country consortium has successfully drawn up a complete map of the human genome, completing one of the most ambitious scientific projects ever and offering a major opportunity for medical advances, April 14, 2003, at a press conference at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.  - (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

NIH Director Francis Collins, then-director of the U.S. National Human Genome Research Institute, announces that a six-country consortium has successfully drawn up a complete map of the human genome, completing one of the most ambitious scientific projects ever and offering a major opportunity for medical advances, April 14, 2003, at a press conference at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md.

(ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

A Conversation With Dr. Francis Collins, Director Of The NIH

Researchers and drug companies are joining forces to examine similarities among some of our worst ailments. NIH Director Francis Collins talks with Diane about a new era of collaboration to find treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other diseases.

The National Institutes of Health is joining forces with private industry to find better treatments for some of our most intractable diseases. This unusual team effort will target Alzheimer's, Type 2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Another research partnership was also announced last week. Two U.S. foundations and one Canadian said they will offer joint research grants to examine the similarities between Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Diane talks with the director of the NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, about the promise of collaboration to fight disease.

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Dr. Francis Collins

director, National Institutes of Health.

NIH Director Francis Collins Sings "Knock Out Disease"

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, sings an original song about the ubiquity of disease and need for health research. "Disease don't care if you're black or white, disease don't care if you're left or right, disease don't care if you're rich or poor, disease will find a way to come a-knocking at your door. So come on people won't you join me please? Let's get it all together and knock out disease," he sings. Collins also points out the DNA double helix in mother of pearl carved into his guitar's fretboard.

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