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.

Deeda Blair Research Initiative for Disorders of the Brain

The Deeda Blair Research Initiative for Disorders of the Brain was established by FNIH Board member, Deeda Blair to create hope for millions of people who struggle with mental illness by transforming our existing knowledge of the brain and fostering the development of novel ways of thinking about the brain and its disorders. This initiative will allow forward-thinking scientists to accelerate advances in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health illness including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other serious mood disorders.

11th International Forum on Rheumatoid Arthritis (IFRA)

The 11th International Forum on Rheumatoid Arthritis: Pathogenesis and Emerging Therapeutic Strategies (IFRA 2019) is designed to bring together leading rheumatologists from Europe, the United States and Asian countries working to better understand the pathogenesis and emerging therapeutic strategies in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

2019 NIH GSIG Geroscience Summit

The National Institutes of Health Geroscience Interest Group is hosting a two-day Summit to bring together leading researchers, innovators and public advocates from academia, industry, the non-profit sector and the NIH to discuss geroscience concepts and potential opportunities to advance research on chronic diseases that incorporate principles of geroscience.

Biomarkers Consortium - Neuroscience Symposium

The Neuroscience Steering Committee, led by the FNIH and its co-chairs Dr. Linda Brady, Dr. Hartmuth Kolb, and the emeritus co-chair Dr. Bill Potter, is bringing together experts in the field of neuroscience from industry, NIH, FDA, and academia to present progress to date, next steps, and key obstacles that need to be addressed in order to drive biomarker development in a multitude of neuroscience focus areas. 

Understanding the Mechanisms of Intravenous BCG-Induced Protection Against TB in NHP (TB Vaccine)

Two billion people worldwide are infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) resulting in 10 million cases of clinical disease and 1.5 million deaths each year. The hurdles for developing a highly protective and durable vaccine against Mtb require addressing four central tenets of T cell immunology – magnitude, quality, breadth, and location of the response. These specific elements of the problem will be addressed by focusing on how altering the route of vaccination using a whole attenuated organism vaccine substantially increases immune responses and protection in a rigorous non-human primate model of Mtb infection.

Biomarkers Consortium - Plasma Aβ as a Predictor of Amyloid Positivity in Alzheimer's Disease

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium’s Plasma Abeta project will evaluate next generation plasma Aβ assays to determine whether plasma Aβ peptide ratios increase the probability of identifying patients with amyloid positivity to improve clinical trial screening efficiency and reduce clinical trial costs for early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Genomic Literacy, Education, and Engagement (GLEE) Initiative

The GLEE initiative will inform and unite K-16 students and educators, public and community-based groups, and healthcare professionals to enhance the integration of genomic information and technologies into healthcare - as well as into society more broadly.

2019 Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementia (ADRD) Summit

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is convening the 3rd Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementia Summit, to be held on March 14-15, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. The 2019 Summit will bring together leading researchers, innovators and public advocates from academia, industry, the non-profit sector and NIH to discuss progress made on dementia related research and develop recommendations that will help facilitate new scientific discoveries.

Gene Drive Research-Related Activities

Gene drive is a mechanism that can promote the preferential inheritance of a beneficial genetic trait, thereby increasing its prevalence in a population. A variety of gene drive mechanisms occur in nature that can cause specific genetic elements to spread throughout populations in varying degrees. Researchers have long sought to harness these naturally occurring gene drive mechanisms to prevent the transmission of mosquito or other insect-borne diseases that pose some of society's most intractable public health problems.

Gene Drive Research Consortium
The FNIH periodically convenes technical experts to discuss issues related to the safe and effective use of gene drive technology.