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Exceptional opportunities in science

Francis Collins

It's an exciting time to be a scientist, said Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., when he visited Dartmouth in November. Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health, was at Dartmouth to give the inaugural C. Everett Koop Lecture, in honor of the former surgeon general. Collins acknowledged that tight funding has made life more difficult for some scientists, particularly those early in their careers, but he outlined five areas of research that he thinks offer exceptional opportunities for scientists and great potential for improving health care for Americans. Before launching into his discussion of biomedical research, Collins also recounted some of the highlights of Koop's tenure as surgeon general, saying that no one has ever used the office better to change the country's approach to difficult public health issues.

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