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.

Sports and Health Research Program: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Delayed Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Delayed Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury was a component of the Sports and Health Research Program. It sought to more fully characterize the neuropathology associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and delayed effects of traumatic brain injury through systematic, rigorous and collaborative studies of post-mortem biospecimens.

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 - The Performance of Novel Cardiac Biomarkers in the General U.S. Population

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Novel Cardiac Biomarkers in the General US Population (the Cardiac Troponin Project) seeks to define the reference ranges and to generate the epidemiologic basis for the use of several significant novel cardiac and related biomarkers for cardiovascular risk stratification in the general U.S. population. The program will measure a panel of biomarkers in almost 30,000 individuals in a national study. The project will provide key reference data regarding novel biomarkers for cardiovascular risk stratification and inform U.S. clinical and laboratory guidelines.

Biomarkers Consortium - Use of Targeted Multiplex Proteomic Strategies to Identify Plasma-Based Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Targeted Plasma-Based Biomarkers in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), completed in July 2012, was the first part of a multi-phased effort utilizing samples from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) to validate multiplex panels in both plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), to diagnose patients with AD and to monitor disease progression.

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 - 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.

Biomarkers Consortium - In Silico Modeling of Biomarkers of Atherosclerosis: Estimating Risk Reduction and Residual Risk from Statin Therapy

The Biomarkers Consortium’s In Silico Modeling of Biomarkers of Atherosclerosis: Estimating Risk Reduction and Residual Risk From Statin Therapy’s goal was to identify a time-dependent, dynamically-responsive panel of extant markers that change in response to Phase II intervention and predict Phase III clinical cardiovascular outcomes to build the model. This model would support cardiovascular drug development decision-making and assessment of atherosclerotic risk in the development of drugs for other indications.

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

The Biomarkers Consortium Longitudinal CSF Proteomics Project addresses the need for tools for early diagnosis and measurement of disease progression in Alzheimer’s disease. This longitudinal study will measure the rate of change of five protein biomarkers within patients from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative Cohort with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), AD and healthy controls, utilizing a multiplexed mass spectrometry-based approach.

Biomarkers Consortium - The Autism Biomarkers Consortium for Clinical Trials (ABC-CT)

The Consortium will establish a technical and data infrastructure for reliably measuring social function, allowing the collaborating sites to work together as a single unit. The goal is to create a set of measures that can be used in clinical trials to determine which treatments are best for which patients and who will benefit from a particular treatment. The ultimate goal is to further develop and validate a set of measures that can be used as stratification biomarkers and/or sensitive and reliable objective measures of social impairment in autism spectrum disorders that could serve as indicative markers of long term clinical outcome.