Current Research 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.

Programs are displayed in alphabetical order by research topic.

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Aging

Plasticity and Mechanisms of Cognitive Remediation in Older Adults is the centerpiece of a five-year Research Partnership in Cognitive Aging between the McKnight Brain Research Foundation (MBRF) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA), coordinated by the FNIH.

Arthritis

Launched in 2002 and completed in 2015, the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI) represents a collaboration of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the private sector, working together to improve the efficiency of drug development and clinical trials for the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA).

Autoimmune Disorders

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus & Related Autoimmune Disorders (RA-Lupus) 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

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Developing Endpoints for Clinical Trials in CABP and Skin Infections aims to develop approaches that will help the U.S. Food and Drug Administration develop efficacy outcome measures (endpoints) for modern-day clinical trials of investigational agents for community-acquired bacterial pneumonia (CABP) and acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections (ABSSSI).

Biomarkers Consortium

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.

Biomarkers Consortium

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

The Biomarkers Consortium’s Kidney Safety Project aims to qualify novel biomarkers of drug-induced acute kidney injury.

Biomarkers Consortium

The 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

This is the first project in a two-stage strategy that seeks to characterize beta cell function for predicting long-term beta cell response to an intervention based on short-term measures. The first stage’s goal is to characterize key methodological issues in the assessment of beta cell function by evaluating Mixed Meal Tolerance (MTT) and Arginine Stimulation Tests against the standard Frequently Sampled Intravenous Glucose Tolerance (FSIGT) Test in a series of clinical studies.

Biomarkers Consortium

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.