“The Association for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) congratulates Dr. Francis Collins on his long and impactful tenure as Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
"Over the past 12 years, Dr. Collins has worked tirelessly to ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of biomedical innovation by spearheading new initiatives to modernize and improve biomedical research. Dr. Collins has been pivotal in the implementation of the 21st Century Cures Act, which gave the NIH new funding and authority to support vital cancer research, including through the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot. Under his careful guidance, these initiatives have helped to fuel innovation and speed new treatments to reduce cancer incidence and improve patient outcomes. Through his leadership, the All of Us initiative – which builds on his career of research into the human genome – promises to further revolutionize the way we diagnose and treat cancer so that our treatments are better targeted and more effective.
"His passion for science and public service led to new policies and reforms aimed at encouraging and supporting early-career researchers and building a stronger, more robust scientific workforce ready to help tackle the research questions of tomorrow. We also commend his efforts to increase workforce diversity and to increase equity in the way biomedical research is funded. We are hopeful that these efforts will continue long after Dr. Collins steps down from his leadership role at the NIH.
"We are extraordinarily grateful for Dr. Collins’ steadfast leadership and wish him well as he returns to the National Human Genome Research Institute. We look forward to close collaboration with the incoming leader of the NIH as we pursue our shared goal of advancing federally supported basic and translational research and publicly funded cancer clinical trials.”
The Association for Clinical Oncology is a 501 (c)(6) organization that represents nearly 45,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology in 2019, the Association works to ensure that all individuals with cancer have access to high-quality, affordable care; that the cancer care delivery system supports optimal cancer care; and that our nation supports robust federal funding for research on the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. Learn more at www.ascoassociation.org and follow us on Twitter at @ASCO.