Announcements

The FNIH Biomarkers Consortium Launches Project to Improve Monitoring of Early Alzheimer’s Disease Progression and Treatment Response

August 16, 2017 — The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium (BC) has launched a project with the potential to transform clinical trials and lead to the development of targeted therapies for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients. The Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Proteomics Project leverages results from a previous BC project to analyze potential biological markers (biomarkers) that can track AD in its earliest stages by illuminating important changes in the brain. This new understanding of AD progression will help improve the monitoring of early AD and a patient’s response to treatment.

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FNIH Rated #1 Charity among Biomedical Research Organizations by Charity Navigator

July 27, 2017 — The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is delighted to once again earn the highest, 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, in addition to being named the #1 charity among biomedical research organizations.

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The FNIH Biomarkers Consortium Launches Study to Identify Cardiovascular Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

July 20, 2017 — The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium has launched a study to identify biological markers (biomarkers) in the blood that will measure a Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patient’s increased risk for cardiovascular disease—the leading cause of deaths in RA patients. RA is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain and loss of mobility, and by developing therapies that decrease joint inflammation it may also reduce cardiovascular risk.

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FNIH Biomarkers Consortium Provides Recommendations to FDA to Facilitate Drug Development for Serious Bacterial Infections

July 20, 2017 – The Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium (BC) has met a critical milestone that could improve clinical trials and accelerate treatment approvals for hospital-acquired bacterial infections. Upon request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the FNIH submitted recommendations to the FDA to guide drug development for hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia (HABP) and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia (VABP). The FDA will consider the recommendations as it develops clinical trial guidance for these serious infections that lead to increased deaths while patients are in the hospital.

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The FNIH Launches New Project to Reduce Treatment Times for Drug-Sensitive Tuberculosis

June 15, 2017 – The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has launched a new project to shorten the treatment times of tuberculosis (TB) in drug-sensitive patients through individualized therapy. The $24 million project, “Using Biomarkers to Predict TB Treatment Duration” (PredictTB), is funded in-part by the FNIH through a $13 million donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with management support provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Catalysis Foundation for Health.

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Dr. Francis Collins to Continue Serving as NIH Director and FNIH Ex-Officio Board Member

June 7, 2017— The White House has announced that Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D.—an ex-officio member of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Board of Directors—will continue to serve in the role of Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The FNIH extends its congratulations to Dr. Collins on remaining in the role that he has maintained for the past eight years.

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FNIH Biomarkers Consortium Launches Vol-PACT, A Novel Cancer Imaging Project

March 9, 2017 The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium is launching a three-year research partnership to develop new methods for analyzing digital images, which will lead to new ways to track a patient’s response to cancer therapy. The FNIH raised $2.7 million from the private sector to support the new project called “Advanced metrics and modeling with Volumetric CT for Precision Analysis of Clinical Trial results” (Vol-PACT). This project is the first to use imaging data from multiple completed, pharmaceutical industry-sponsored, phase II/III clinical trials to identify drug response measures.

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The FNIH Hires Robert L. Balthaser as Director of Advancement

February 1, 2017 – The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has hired Robert L. Balthaser as the Director of Advancement.

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The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Publishes Consensus Points from Global Experts on the Potential Risks of Using Gene Drive Mosquitoes to Control Malaria

December 9, 2016 – The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene published a systematic evaluation of potential risks associated with the use of mosquitoes genetically modified through gene drive technology to reduce the burden of malaria in Africa.

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Framework for Biomarker Evidentiary Criteria Released

December 6, 2016 — The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) announced today the release of the “Framework for Defining Evidentiary Criteria for Biomarker Qualification.” Developed in partnership with government and industry stakeholders, the framework defines the level of evidence needed to support qualification of biological markers (biomarkers).

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