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.

The Science of Caregiving, Bringing Voices Together

The National Institute of Nursing Research hosted a two-day Summit to gather a variety of stakeholder perspectives on the spectrum of caregiving issues and research for conditions and illnesses that may occur across the lifespan.

Plasticity and Mechanisms of Cognitive Remediation in Older Adults

Plasticity and Mechanisms of Cognitive Remediation in Older Adults supports a grant for a multicenter clinical research trial on remediating age-related cognitive decline through mindfulness-based stress reduction and exercise.

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 - 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 - Comparison of Two PET Radioligands to Quantify the Peripheral Benzodiazepine Receptor

whorton@fnih.orgThe Biomarkers Consortium’s PET Radioligand Project, completed in December 2012, developed improved, more sensitive PET radioligands with higher binding to the peripheral benzodiazepine receptor. Findings from this study suggest that the [11C]PBR38 ligand, in particular, may be useful in detecting progression from mild cognitive impairment or treatment response in Alzheimer’s Disease.

Biomarkers Consortium - Longitudinal Proteomic Changes in CSF from ADNI: Towards Better Defining the Trajectory of Prodromal and Early Alzheimer’s Disease

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Longitudinal CSF Proteomics Project, completed in Q4Y20, was the third stage of a multi-phased effort utilizing samples from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) expanding on the identification of promising proteins in a previous Biomarkers Consortium project to provide early validation for candidate AD biomarkers. Concentrations of the candidate biomarkers in CSF were measured using a state-of-the-art targeted stable isotope-based quantitative mass spectrometry assay developed and implemented during the first two program stages.