Press Releases

July 23, 2020

New Program Will Advance Best Practices for Innovative Approach to Combat Malaria

July 23, 2020 – Bethesda, MD – The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) today announced the launch of the GeneConvene Global Collaborative, an initiative to advance the safe and responsible exploration of genetic biocontrol technologies, a set of investigational public health tools with the potential to save lives, particularly those afflicted with mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria.

June 18, 2020

North Bethesda, MD, June 18, 2020 – The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has named Aviv Regev, Ph.D., winner of the 2020 Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences for laying the groundwork for the field of single-cell genomics and spearheading leading-edge technologies that enable a sharper perspective on human cells and applying them to revolutionize understanding of biology and disease.

June 17, 2020

New initiative encourages innovative research on devastating neurological disease

Bethesda, MD, June 17, 2020 – The National Institutes of Health plans to invest $25 million over 5 years in a new program to spur innovative research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive and fatal neurological disease that weakens and eventually paralyzes voluntary muscles. Accelerating Leading-edge Science in ALS (ALS²) aims to answer critical questions about this disease.

June 11, 2020

North Bethesda, MD, June 11, 2020 – The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) on May 21, 2020, elected as its newest member Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D., Ph.D.    

April 17, 2020

Bethesda, MD, April 17, 2020 - The National Institutes of Health and the Foundation for the NIH (FNIH) are bringing together more than a dozen leading biopharmaceutical companies, the Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency to develop an international strategy for a coordinated research response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 8, 2020

North Bethesda, MD, April 8, 2020 –The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has established a Pandemic Response Fund to support the National Institutes of Health (NIH), led by Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., and NIH’s National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), led by Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., in their efforts to rapidly end the threat from COVID-19.

November 22, 2019

Bethesda, MD, November 22, 2019 - The Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) program for Parkinson’s disease (PD) has launched a data portal to provide de-identified information collected from 4,298 PD patients and healthy controls to researchers working to develop effective therapies for the disease. The portal enables researchers to study complex data sets and perform genome-wide analyses at a scale previously impossible.

November 14, 2019

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) and the Friends of Patients at the NIH (Friends) are launching a new collaboration called “Partnership for Patients” to leverage one another’s competence and infrastructure to ensure that patients in need at the NIH Clinical Center receive support to participate in groundbreaking and potentially life-saving treatments.

October 24, 2019

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) bestowed the 2nd annual Trailblazer Prize for Clinician-Scientists (Trailblazer Prize) to James Kochenderfer, M.D., of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), at the FNIH Annual Fall Board Dinner. Dr. Kochenderfer received the Trailblazer Prize and a $10,000 honorarium for pioneering the development of immunotherapies that leverage chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells to treat blood cancers. The Trailblazer Prize is made possible by a generous donation from John I. Gallin, M.D., and Elaine Gallin, Ph.D., to the FNIH.

October 24, 2019

The Board of Directors of the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) has elected lawyer and business leader Julie Bell Lindsay as its newest member. The FNIH Board elected Ms. Lindsay on May 23, 2019 and her appointment took effect on October 24, 2019.