Current Research Programs

To tackle the human health challenges that face the world today, the FNIH develops collaborations with top experts from government, industry, academia and the not-for-profit sector and provides a neutral environment where we can work productively toward a common goal.

Programs are displayed in alphabetical order by research topic.

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Biomarkers Consortium

This is the first project in a two-stage strategy that seeks to characterize beta cell function for predicting long-term beta cell response to an intervention based on short-term measures. The first stage’s goal is to characterize key methodological issues in the assessment of beta cell function by evaluating Mixed Meal Tolerance (MTT) and Arginine Stimulation Tests against the standard Frequently Sampled Intravenous Glucose Tolerance (FSIGT) Test in a series of clinical studies.

Biomarkers Consortium

The Sarcopenia 1 project launched in 2010 and aimed to establish the first evidence-based definition of sarcopenia (muscle weakness), which is still not recognized as a medical condition.

Biomarkers Consortium

The primary objective of this project was to determine whether a 30kDa adipocyte-secreted protein, adiponectin, has utility as predictive serum biomarker of glycemic control in normal non-diabetic subjects and patients with type 2 diabetes, following treatment with a novel and promising new class of compounds, PPARγ agonists. Results confirmed previous relationships between adiponectin levels and metabolic parameters, and support the robust and predictive utility of adiponectin across the spectrum of glucose tolerance.

Biomarkers Consortium

Build the case for FDA incorporation of FDG-PET into outcome measures for lung cancer and lymphoma.

Biomarkers Consortium

The project seeks to show that a liquid biopsy can serve as a source of rare circulating cells (CTCs) to comprehensively represent the traditional solid biopsy. The project is designed in two stages to demonstrate the correlation between liquid and solid biopsies in an observational clinical study with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) patients undergoing resection of liver metastases.

Biomarkers Consortium

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Hospital-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia (HABP) and Ventilator-Associated Bacterial Pneumonia (VABP) Project aims to develop clinically relevant endpoints in clinical trials to improve antibacterial trial feasibility.

Biomarkers Consortium

Phase II trial of novel investigative breast cancer agents in the neoadjuvant setting that uses biomarkers and adaptive design to accelerate the clinical trial process.

Biomarkers Consortium

The Biomarkers Consortium’s In Silico Modeling of Biomarkers of Atherosclerosis: Estimating Risk Reduction and Residual Risk From Statin Therapy’s goal is to identify a time-dependent, dynamically-responsive panel of extant markers that change in response to Phase II intervention and predict Phase III clinical cardiovascular outcomes to build the model. This model would support cardiovascular drug development decision-making and assessment of atherosclerotic risk in the development of drugs for other indications.

Biomarkers Consortium

The Biomarkers Consortium Longitudinal CSF Proteomics Project addresses the need for tools for early diagnosis and measurement of disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease. This longitudinal study will measure the rate of change of five protein biomarkers within patients from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Cohort with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), AD and healthy controls, utilizing a multiplexed mass spectrometry-based approach.

Biomarkers Consortium

Minimal residual disease (MRD) is the amount of disease detected by molecular or cellular means when the patient is in a clinical and pathological state of remission after treatment of leukemia. The goals of this project are to assess whether MRD may be an endpoint for use as a DDT and to standardize MRD measurement in adult precursor B-lineage ALL.