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Francis Collins to step down from leading NIH at end of year

Image: National Human Genome Research Institute [CC BY-NC 2.0], via Flickr

Long-term director of National Institutes of Health says time has come for fresh leadership

The director of the United States’ National Institutes of Health—the world’s largest biomedical research agency—has announced his decision to step down after 12 years in the role.

Francis Collins (pictured), who joined the NIH in 2009 after being appointed by the then-president, Barack Obama, will finish his tenure at the end of this year.

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