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. 

Genomic Literacy, Education, and Engagement (GLEE) Initiative

The GLEE initiative will inform and unite K-16 students and educators, public and community-based groups, and healthcare professionals to enhance the integration of genomic information and technologies into healthcare - as well as into society more broadly.

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.

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.

Precision Medicine Initiative Survey

Informing the development of the Precision Medicine Initiative.

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). 

Sayer Vision Research Lecture & Award

The Sayer Vision Research Lecture and Award funds an annual presentation delivered by an investigator conducting outstanding research in the area of vision research or related fields. It also provides a grant to support the research of a promising independent investigator in the early stage of his or her career in the Division of Intramural Research whose work is closely related to aspects of vision research.

Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) Ancillary Study

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) examined the effects of vitamin and mineral supplementation on the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is one of the leading causes of blindness in the United States. Funds raised by the FNIH support the development of a genetic repository for the study, facilitating deeper analyses of the results.

Human Genome Exhibition

The Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code traveling exhibit is on a nationwide tour at museums and science centers across North America to educate and inform the public about genomic science. The exhibit is a partnership of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.