Staff Profile: Elaine Collier

Elaine Collier, M.D.

Senior Advisor to the Director

Office of Translational Medicine

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Elaine Collier serves as senior advisor to the NCATS director. In this capacity, from within the Office of Translational Medicine, she engages with diverse partners and communities, including patient groups, academia, industry, foundations, NIH Institutes and other government agencies. As a physician-scientist, she brings expertise in clinical research, clinical research informatics, bioethics, patient engagement and regulatory issues to NCATS and NIH programs.

Collier also leads the ethics research program at NCATS, which fosters collaborative research across disciplines on ethical issues in the translation of novel discoveries, technologies and approaches to improving health. She co-chairs the NIH Coordinating Committee for Bioethics Research and Training, a forum for communication and coordination of bioethics research and training across NIH, and is the translational ethics liaison to the NIH Clinical Center Department of Bioethics.

Collier earned her M.D. at The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and completed her fellowship at The University of Utah. She is board certified in internal medicine and in endocrinology, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association. She is active at the NIH Clinical Center, including serving on the Biomedical and Translational Research Informatics System Steering Committee.

Research Topics

Collier has served in various leadership positions at NIH in clinical research and informatics, including the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program and Biomedical Informatics Research Network. Currently, she works with the Office of Data Science Strategy on trans-NIH projects, advancing implementation of the NIH Data Science Strategic Plan. She also serves as a project scientist in the Science of Behavior Change program, which is one of the programs supported by the Common Fund.

Selected Publications

  1. Participation of Citizen Scientists in Clinical Research and Access to Research Ethics Consultation
  2. The NIH Science of Behavior Change Program: Transforming the science through a focus on mechanisms of change
  3. Down syndrome: national conference on patient registries, research databases, and biobanks
  4. Creating a global rare disease patient registry linked to a rare diseases biorepository database: Rare Disease-HUB (RD-HUB)