Press Releases

April 3, 2019

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is delighted to name Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D., the winner of the 2019 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for blazing a trail in understanding the microbiome’s significant role in immune regulation. The human body houses trillions of microscopic organisms called microbes (i.e. bacteria, fungi and viruses) that collectively make up a microbiome. While many of these microbes are beneficial to health (commensal), others can be harmful (pathogenic). Dr. Belkaid revolutionized our understanding of the role of these microbes in the gut and skin, demonstrating that they are essential for triggering an immune response to help fight infection, but that they also can initiate inflammatory disease. The Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences will be presented to Dr. Belkaid at the FNIH Award Ceremony on May 22, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

January 29, 2019

The Lung Cancer Master Protocol (Lung-MAP), the first precision medicine trial in lung cancer supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is undergoing a major expansion to include patients with all non-small cell lung cancers – which make up about 85 percent of all lung cancer diagnoses in the U.S.

January 2, 2019

The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) welcomes distinguished scientific leader Elias Zerhouni, M.D., as its latest member. The FNIH Board of Directors elected Dr. Zerhouni in May 17, 2018 and his appointment takes effect on January 1, 2019.

October 25, 2018

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium (BC) and the Critical Path Institute (C-Path) Predictive Safety Testing Consortium (PSTC) have received the first ever qualification of a clinical safety biomarker awarded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) –a major milestone that will improve the detection of drug-induced kidney injury in early phase drug development. The newly qualified biomarker can now be used in Phase I clinical trials to aid in the detection of acute kidney tubular injury in healthy volunteers. This will help improve the development of safe and effective medicines where concern has been raised that an investigational drug may cause kidney injury.

October 25, 2018

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) awarded to Michael Fox, M.D., Ph.D., of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School the inaugural Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists (Trailblazer Prize) at the FNIH Annual Fall Board Dinner in Washington, D.C. Dr. Fox received the Trailblazer Prize and a $10,000 honorarium for pioneering innovative techniques to map human brain connectivity that can be translated into new treatments for neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease and depression. The Trailblazer Prize is made possible by a generous donation from John I. Gallin, M.D., and Elaine Gallin, Ph.D., to the FNIH.

September, 12 2018

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) will honor 22-year-old Andrew Lee, President and CEO of Driven to Cure, Inc., with the 2018 Charles A. Sanders, M.D., Partnership Award. The award honors persons and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to the FNIH’s work to build, implement and nurture public-private partnerships in support of the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

July 31, 2018

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has selected three finalists of the inaugural Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists (Trailblazer Prize): Daniel Bauer, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, Jaehyuk Choi, M.D., Ph.D., Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University and Michael Fox, M.D., Ph.D., Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School.

July 30, 2018

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) announced today that FNIH has selected CRI to be its source of landscape intelligence in immuno-oncology, also called cancer immunotherapy. 

July 24, 2018

The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has elected world-renowned scientific leader Marijn Dekkers, Ph.D., Chairman of Unilever, as its newest member. Dr. Dekkers’ appointment took effect on May 17, 2018.

 
April 3, 2018

Prize bestowed to Dr. Zhijian “James” Chen for discovery of the cGAS enzyme and its DNA-sensing pathway and their impact on immune defense and autoimmune disease.