Two opportunities to see renowned gene hunter and science leader Francis S. Collins at SMU

Attend free, public symposium on SMU Campus May 19, see Collins deliver commencement address May 20 via Facebook Live.

Francis S. CollinsDALLAS (SMU) – Francis S. Collins, the physician-geneticist who led the landmark Human Genome Project before becoming director of the National Institutes of Health, will speak at a free, public symposium focused on emerging advances in biomedical research and other topics at 3 p.m. Friday, May 19, in SMU’s Crum Auditorium in the Collins Executive Education Center, 3150 Binkley Ave.  

RSVP and receive parking information by emailing or calling 214-768-1404.

Collins will join Dr. Daniel K. Podolsky, president, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and Pia Vogel, professor of biological sciences at SMU, in discussing emerging advances in biomedical research. He will discuss innovation and translational science with Steven C. Currall, provost and vice president for academic affairs at SMU.

Collins also will deliver the Commencement address Saturday, May 20, and will receive the degree Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the ceremony.  The processional begins at 9 a.m. and Collins is scheduled to speak at about 10 a.m. Follow his remarks via Facebook Live at

Not on Facebook? The ceremony, including Collins’ speech, also will stream live at beginning at 9 a.m.