National Institutes of Health Director

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency. Its mission is to make important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was appointed the 16th National Institutes of Health Director by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate. He was sworn in on August 17, 2009. On June 6, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his selection of Dr. Collins to continue to serve as the NIH Director.


Does Gastric Bypass Reduce Cardiovascular Complications of Diabetes?

Thinkstock/IPGGutenbergUKLtd For obese people with diabetes, doctors have increasingly been offering gastric bypass surgery as a way to lose weight and control blood glucose levels. Short-term results are often impressive, but questions have remained about the long-term benefits of such operations. Now, a large, international study has some answers. Soon […]


Snapshots of Life: Growing Mini-Brains in a Dish

Credit: Collin Edington and Iris Lee, Department of Biomedical Engineering, MIT Something pretty incredible happens—both visually and scientifically—when researchers spread neural stem cells onto a gel-like matrix in a lab dish and wait to see what happens. Gradually, the cells differentiate and self-assemble to form cohesive organoids that resemble miniature […]