FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2009
Contact: HHS Press Office
Statement by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Regarding the Selection of Dr. Francis Collins as a National Medal of Science Recipient
I applaud President Obama’s selection of our National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins as one of this year’s recipients of the National Medal of Science. As Director of the NIH, Dr. Collins is continuing the work that has defined his career: pushing the boundaries of science and finding new ways to translate these discoveries into real improvements in people’s lives.
Dr. Collins epitomizes this administration’s commitment to science. The National Medal of Science is the nation’s highest honor of its kind. I congratulate Dr. Collins for this well-deserved honor and am grateful for his service at the NIH where he is overseeing our efforts to make new strides in biomedical research and apply this research to help all Americans live longer, healthier, richer lives.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011