Statement by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., on opportunities for advancing LGBT health research

In March 2011, the Institute of Medicine issued its report of the NIH commissioned  study on The  Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People: Building a Foundation  for Better Understanding. At  that time, I asked the NIH institutes, centers, and offices (ICOs) to form  the NIH LGBT Research Coordinating Committee (RCC).  I charged this committee  to consider carefully the report’s recommendations and to suggest strategies  for how the ICOs can support research to increase the knowledge base for promoting  the health of the LGBT community. I am pleased to say that the RCC has fulfilled  their charge.  I thank them for their thoughtful analysis of the NIH portfolio  on LGBT research and for identifying several important opportunities for promoting  research and knowledge in LGBT health. The NIH is now developing a multi-pronged  plan to implement a number of these opportunities to extend and advance the  knowledge base for promoting LGBT health.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. Director, National Institutes of Health

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