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Precision Oncology: Creating a Genomic Guide for Melanoma Therapy

Posted on June 23, 2015 by Dr. Francis Collins It’s still the case in most medical care systems that cancers are classified mainly by the type of tissue or part of the body in which they arose—lung, brain, breast, colon, pancreas, and so on. But a radical change is underway. Thanks to advances in scientific

Targeting Cystic Fibrosis: Are Two Drugs Better than One?

Posted on May 26, 2015 by Dr. Francis Collins To explain the many challenges involved in turning scientific discoveries into treatments and cures, I often say, “Research is not a 100-yard dash, it’s a marathon.” Perhaps there is no better example of this than cystic fibrosis (CF). Back in 1989, I co-led the team that

Head and Neck Cancer: Building the Evidence Base for Precision Oncology

February 10, 2015 by Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director's Blog An exciting new era in cancer research is emerging, called precision oncology. It builds on decades of research establishing that cancers start with glitches in the genome, the cell’s instruction book. Researchers have now identified numerous ways that mutations in susceptible genes can drive the

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Obama Proposes $100M For Brain Mapping Project

April 3, 2013 - by NEDRA PICKLER AND MALCOLM RITTER, The Associated Press President Barack Obama speaks about the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Initiative, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed an effort to map the