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NIH director Dr. Francis Collins to present the Mark O. Hatfield Lecture

Free talk will examine the exceptional opportunities that scientific and technological breakthroughs offer for biomedical research



The Director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., will give this year’s Mark O. Hatfield Lecture.

Collins will examine recent advances in fundamental knowledge about biology and highlight the ways in which that knowledge is serving to improve human health.

Additional topics for discussion may include research developments at the NIH’s Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, the Precision Medicine Initiative, the Cancer Moonshot and updates on Zika and other global health issues.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.


Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, 7 to 8 p.m.


Collaborative Life Sciences Building, Room 1A001, 2730 S.W. Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97201,


Collins oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

A physician-geneticist, Collins is noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH from 1993-2008.

The Mark O. Hatfield Lecture is a special presentation of the Marquam Hill Lecture Series, which features a variety of experts providing free lectures on topics that greatly impact the health of Oregonians.

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