Steps Ahead, But Not There Yet


At 8:30 every Thursday morning, the directors of the 27 institutes and centers of the NIH meet on the pastoral Bethesda campus to talk, as Francis Collins says, “about areas of mutual interest.” The weekly coffee klatch is “an opportunity for whatever new idea has come along that would have broad implications for many institutes to get discussed.” If there’s enough enthusiasm, Collins says, “then the institutes look at their own budgets and try to figure out what they can contribute.”

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