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.

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 2019 Summit will be held on August 28 - September 28, 2019.

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.

Osteoarthritis Initiative

The Osteoarthritis Initiative was a public-private collaboration to improve the efficiency of drug development and clinical trials for the treatment of osteoarthritis, which affects more than 30 million adults in the United States.

Accelerating Medicines Partnership: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus & Related Autoimmune Disorders

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus & Related Autoimmune Disorders is an initiative of the Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP), which is a multi-sector, pre-competitive  partnership among government, industry, and nonprofit organizations, the goal of which is to harness collective capabilities, scale and resources toward improving current efforts to develop new therapies for complex, heterogeneous diseases.

Biomarkers Consortium - PROGRESS OA: Clinical Evaluation and Qualification of Osteoarthritis Biomarkers

The goal of this three-year project is to validate the novel radiographic measures, MRI measures and biochemical markers from the Phase I OA Biomarkers Consortium Project, and to qualify those biomarkers via the formal regulatory qualification process with both the FDA and EMA.

Biomarkers Consortium - Treatments Against RA and Effect on FDG PET-CT (TARGET Biomarker Study)

The Biomarkers Consortium’s TARGET Biomarker Study seeks to utilize validated proteomic biomarkers of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) disease activity and inflammation to categorize baseline and disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)-associated changes in vascular inflammation in RA patients.

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 - Osteoarthritis Biomarkers Project

The Biomarkers Consortium - Osteoarthritis Biomarkers Project is a $3.4 million study aimed at determining which biomarkers have greater prognostic ability to measure early progression of structural and symptomatic changes in the joint over time and which are likely to predict treatment response better than the radiographic measurement of narrowing of joint space in knee OA patients. These new biomarkers are candidates for follow-on studies for evaluation and use in regulatory decision-making.

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.