The White House announced Tuesday that Francis S. Collins will stay
on as director of the National Institutes of Health, extending Collins’s
tenure even as the administration proposes deep cuts to the
government’s premier biomedical research center.
physician and geneticist, has led NIH since 2009. He is renowned for his
leadership of the International Human Genome Project, which in 2003
sequenced the complete human genetic blueprint for the first time.
One challenge could come as the Trump administration seeks to cut the NIH budget for fiscal 2018 from $31.8 billion to $26 billion. That would mean huge reductions in components such as the National Cancer Institute ($1 billion) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases ($838 million), where HIV research is conducted.