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.

Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium (BGTC)

The Bespoke Gene Therapy Consortium (BGTC) is a developing public-private partnership dedicated to making gene therapy a reality for people with rare genetic diseases affecting populations too small to be viable from the current commercial perspective. Building on the successful Accelerating Medicines Partnership model, this program will focus on developing an operational playbook that invokes the use of streamlined templates, master regulatory files, and uniform production processes. It is anticipated that following a pilot phase of 4-6 test cases, a pathway toward the commercial viability of these therapies will be found. This may ultimately have a tremendously positive impact on the larger field of gene therapy if it moves more broadly into the era of genome editing.

Accelerating Medicines Partnership – Schizophrenia

The Accelerating Medicines Partnership–Schizophrenia is the first neuropsychiatric project of the landmark Accelerating Medicines Partnership program managed by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

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

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. 

Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Lecture and Internships

The Robert Whitney Newcomb Memorial Fund endows an annual lecture in neuroscience and one or more internships for high-school students at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 

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 - Establish Guidelines for Initial Diagnostic Criteria for “Sarcopenia with Clinically Important Weakness” and Associated Evidence for Treatment Benefit

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 - Bone Quality Project

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Bone Quality Project aims to evaluate and to identify biomarkers of bone strength and quality changes by analyzing pooled imaging and biochemical data from multiple clinical studies to allow definition of better clinical endpoints.