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 - NiP-Metastatic Prostate Cancer

The NiP- Metastatic Prostate Cancer Project will re-examine the Cou302 database to further optimize the radiographic progression-free survival (rPFS) endpoint to include additional factors that may influence overall survival. The model in development will be a first-in-prostate cancer predictive model to incorporate imaging

Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV)

Coordinated by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), ACTIV brings NIH together with its sibling agencies in the Department of Health and Human Services, other government agencies, representatives from academia, philanthropic organizations and more than 15 biopharmaceutical companies to develop a coordinated research strategy for prioritizing and speeding the development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

Multi-site Efficacy and Safety Trial of Intrapartum Azithromycin in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

This study will test whether an antibiotic taken during labor can prevent infections in mothers and newborns in seven low- and middle-income countries. It will be conducted by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) through their Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research (Global Network) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Pandemic Response Fund

Through the FNIH Pandemic Response Fund, donors support the National Institutes of Health's (NIH’s) efforts to speed COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research and prepare the United States for future pandemics.

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.

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.

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.

Fogarty International Center's 50th Anniversary

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Fogarty International Center celebrated its 50th anniversary of accomplishments and hosted a Scientific Symposium on May 1st, 2018 at the Natcher Auditorium on NIH’s campus. The program convened a series of panel discussions with NIH leaders, Fogarty grantees, and key stakeholders, to identify key gaps in global health research and strategize future research initiatives.

Support functions for development of new technologies for controlling transmission of mosquito-borne diseases

The project provides the FNIH management and advisory services for research programs seeking to develop new cost-effective and sustainable biologic strategies for controlling mosquito-borne infections like malaria and dengue fever.