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.

NINDS Healthcare Disparities in Tribal Communities Summer Internship Program

The NINDS Healthcare Disparities in Tribal Communities (HDTC) Summer Internship Program (SIP) is a student research training program in brain and nervous system research. The program focuses on neurological disorders and healthcare disparities and seeks to provide research experiences and career development opportunities for Native American students, along with students from other underrepresented communities.

CarMollNat Muscular Dystrophy Endowment

Carol-Ann Harris has established the CarMollNat Endowment in memory of her beloved family members. The Endowment is committed to support research and science for the major forms of Muscular Dystrophy (MD) and neurogenetic disease.

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

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) convened the 3rd Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementia Summit, that was held on March 14-15, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. The 2019 Summit brought 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.

Accelerating Medicines Partnership - Parkinson's Disease

In 2016, the AMP Executive Committee approved the planning of an AMP effort to confront the challenges presented by Parkinson’s disease (PD). This complements current efforts in the areas of Alzheimer’s disease, type 2 diabetes and the autoimmune disorders of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus). A critical component of this partnership is that all members have agreed to make the AMP Parkinson’s disease (AMP PD) data and analyses publicly available to the broad biomedical community.

International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics

The International Summit in Human Genetics and Genomics is a five-year initiative (2016-2020) designed to help developing nations build and expand their knowledge base, infrastructure, systems and technologies in genetics and genomics. Each fall, researchers from abroad travel to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland for one month of in-person training at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The Summit helps them to understand the prevalence and basis of genetic diseases in their nations and to address these public health challenges. The 2020 Summit will be held on August 31 - October 1, 2020.

2016 Alzheimer's Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) Summit

The 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) Summit was hosted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) in collaboration with the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and held March 29-30, 2016 at the Natcher Auditorium on the NIH Campus.

Accelerating Medicines Partnership - Alzheimer's Disease

The Accelerating Medicines Partnership Alzheimer’s Disease Project (AMP-AD) is a precompetitive partnership among government, industry, and nonprofit organizations that focuses on discovering novel, clinically relevant therapeutic targets and on developing biomarkers to help validate existing therapeutic targets. 

Biomarkers Consortium - Sarcopenia as a Valid Biomarker for Identifying Individuals at Risk of Disability

Sarcopenia 2 seeks to establish evidence-based cut-points for muscle mass and strength and determine their predictive validity for clinically meaningful outcomes (such as mobility, fractures, hospitalization and death); evaluate relative strength as a discriminator for mobility limitation and incident disability; and explore the potential usefulness of sarcopenia as a clinical endpoint in randomized clinical trials.

Biomarkers Consortium - Diabetes Drug Development: Identification and Validation of Markers That Predict Long-Term Beta Cell Function and Mass

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 - Evaluation of the Utility of Adiponectin as a Biomarker for Predicting Glycemic Efficacy

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.