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.

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). 

Non-Invasive Biomarkers of Metabolic Liver Disease (NIMBLE)

The NIMBLE Project is a comprehensive, five-year collaborative effort to standardize, compare and appropriately validate imaging and circulating biomarkers for NASH to: 1. Diagnose and stage the disease and; 2. Measure response to therapeutic intervention.

Biomarkers Consortium - Workshop: Defining an Evidentiary Criteria Framework for Surrogate Endpoint Qualification

The FNIH Biomarkers Consortium and FDA hosted a workshop to provide a Framework for Defining the Evidentiary Criteria for Surrogate Endpoint Qualification on July 30-31, 2018. The workshop aimed to create alignment of the biomedical community and regulators on the levels of evidence required to qualify biomarkers for use in drug development, with an emphasis on surrogate endpoints and specific clinical outcome measures.

Biomarkers Consortium - Inflammatory Markers for Early Detection and Subtyping of Neurodegenerative and Mood Disorders

This project will aim to standardize and validate measurement methods for inflammatory markers associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and/or Major Depressive Disorder to ultimately identify a unique biosignature of disease. The identified biosignature would greatly assist with medication development, patient diagnosing, and patient selection for clinical trials.

Biomarkers Consortium - Workshop: Developing an Evidentiary Criteria Framework for Safety Biomarkers Qualification

This workshop aimed at creating alignment among scientific stakeholders including the FDA, the NIH, the biopharmaceutical industry, academic researchers and patient groups regarding a proposed framework for determining the levels of evidence required to qualify biomarkers for use in drug development.

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.