The SIG Beat

News from and About the NIH Scientific Interest Groups

New SIG: Trans-NIH Health Disparities Research

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has established this interest group to focus on health disparities research that uses biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences approaches to advance the knowledge base and the translation of research to improve health. Co-chairs are William Coleman and Francisco Sy. A series of seminars will take place on the last Thursday of each month, 2:30–4:00 p.m. To join the LISTSERV, visit

New SIG: Neuromuscular Diseases

This SIG provides a forum for networking and collaborative discussions among the research and clinical communities interested in neuromuscular diseases. Organized by a trans-NIH steering committee from NIA, NIAMS, NIEHS, NINDS, and the CC, this SIG will meet on the second Wednesday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Lectures and discussions will reflect emerging scientific and clinical issues including challenging research methodologies, new technologies, interventions, treatments, and training. For more information, contact Bryan Traynor or Mary Kay Floeter.

Rekindled and Retooled SIG: Nanotechnology

This SIG is reforming with a new moderator, Robert Blumenthal of the CCR Nanobiology Program at NCI-Frederick. Join the new LISTSERV by clicking on