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CCTS Letter of Support for Dr. Francis Collins

Monday, December 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Blake Goodman
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CCTS, along with the Clinical Research Forum and ACTS, has sent the following letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump's Presidential Transition Headquarters in Washington, D.C. showing solidarity with and support for Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health.

Dear President-elect Trump,

The undersigned, top, nonpartisan, patient and research nonprofit organizations are writing to respectfully urge your favorable consideration of Dr. Francis Collins to continue serving as the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in your Administration.
We strongly endorse the sentiments expressed in support of Director Collins by House and Energy Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton; Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander; Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt; and House Labor-HHS Subcommittee Chairman Tom Cole. As their December 2 letter to you states, Dr. Collins’ “distinguished scientific experience, effective leadership skills, and longstanding relationships with Members of Congress, researchers, and advocates will service the Nation and your Administration well.”

Under Dr. Collins’ direction, NIH research has not only improved public health, but it has also had high rates of social and economic return. For example, the United States government’s $3.8 billion initial investment in the Human Genome Project, that Dr. Collins led, has resulted in nearly $1 trillion in economic growth—a 178-fold return on investment—and more than 4.3 million job-years of total supported employment.

Dr. Collins himself recently expressed that it would be an honor to continue his service under your Administration. In an interview just last week, he stated that “If I were asked to stay on, I would consider it a privilege to do so.”

Medical research has long been treated as a nonpartisan priority. As Dr. Collins so eloquently said in a 2010 Newsweek interview, “I think history would say that medical research has, throughout many changes of parties, remained as one of the shining lights of bipartisan agreement, that people are concerned about health for themselves, for their families, for their constituents.”

We look forward to working with your Administration and Congress to ensure that the United States remains the beacon for medical innovation throughout the world.
Thank you for considering our views, and we wish you and your family health and happiness in the New Year.