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.

Biomarkers Consortium - Use of Targeted Multiplex Proteomic Strategies to Identify Plasma-Based Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Targeted Plasma-Based Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), completed in July 2012, was the first part of a multi-phased effort utilizing samples from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) to validate multiplex panels in both plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), to diagnose patients with AD and to monitor disease progression.

Biomarkers Consortium - Use of Targeted Multiplex Proteomic Strategies to Identify CSF-Based Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease

The AD Targeted Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Proteomics Project, completed in Q2Y15, completed an initial validation of a multiplexed panel of known biomarkers, examined BACE levels and enzymatic activity, and set up the initial validation of a mass spectroscopy panel using AD cerebrospinal fluid samples from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI).

Biomarkers Consortium - Comparison of Two PET Radioligands to Quantify the Peripheral Benzodiazepine Receptor

whorton@fnih.orgThe Biomarkers Consortium’s PET Radioligand Project, completed in December 2012, developed improved, more sensitive PET radioligands with higher binding to the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor. Findings from this study suggest that the [11C]PBR38 ligand, in particular, may be useful in detecting progression from mild cognitive impairment or treatment response in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Biomarkers Consortium - Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) Detection in Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

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.

Biomarkers Consortium - I-SPY TRIAL-2 (Investigation of Serial Studies to Predict Your Therapeutic Response with Imaging and MoLecular Analysis): An Adaptive Breast Cancer Trial Design in the Setting of Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy

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 - High Definition Single Cell Analysis of Blood and Tissue Biopsies in Patients with Colorectal Cancer Undergoing Hepatic Metastasectomy

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 - Fluorodeoxyglucose-Positron Emission Tomography (FDG-PET) Lung and Lymphoma

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

Biomarkers Consortium - Carotid MRI Development and Validation via an AIMHIGH Sub-Study

The goal of this project was to conduct a 75-patient study at a total of 15 centers to determine the reproducibility of the non-invasive technique of carotid magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI). Results established a standardized carotid MRI protocol and determined, for the first time, that kinetic parameters of carotid atherosclerotic plaque are reproducible and can be used for multi-center studies.

Biomarkers Consortium - In Silico Modeling of Biomarkers of Atherosclerosis: Estimating Risk Reduction and Residual Risk from Statin Therapy

The Biomarkers Consortium’s In Silico Modeling of Biomarkers of Atherosclerosis: Estimating Risk Reduction and Residual Risk From Statin Therapy’s goal was 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 - Placebo Data Analysis Project in Alzheimer’s Disease/Mild Cognitive Impairment Clinical Trials

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Placebo Data Analysis Project in Alzheimer’s Disease/Mild Cognitive Impairment Clinical Trials combined placebo data from large clinical trials provided by multiple pharmaceutical companies to create datasets of 3,000 to 5,000 subjects for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) groups. The goal of the project was to develop better measures of disease progression in terms of outcome measures that have both low variability and are sensitive to change, for use in future clinical trials.