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NIH Director Lays Out His Vision of the Future of Medical Science in Time Magazine column

Many of today's health advances have stemmed from a long arc of discovery that begins with strong, steady support for science funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIH Director Francis S. Collins said recently in a Time Magazine article.
NIH, which traces its roots to 1887, has played a key role in improving the life expectancy from 47 years old for a baby born in the U.S. in 1900 to more than 78 years today, the article states.

“Among the advances that have helped to make this possible are a 70% decline in the U.S. death rate from cardiovascular disease over the past 50 years, and a drop of more than 1% annually in the cancer death rate over the past couple of decades,” Collins says in the column.

Moving forward, many of the area of studies where BMEs are working will positively impact patient outcomes, Collings said.

“Researchers think CRISPR and related gene-editing technologies hold tremendous potential for treating or even curing the thousands of diseases for which we understand the molecular mechanism but treatments are limited or unavailable, such as sickle-cell disease, muscular dystrophy, Huntington's disease and a long list of others,” he said.

Read the full Time column HERE.