The SIG Beat

News From and About the NIH Scientific Interest Groups

BTRIS Interest Group

This interest group brings together present and prospective users of the Biomedical Translational Research Information System (BTRIS) so they can communicate, learn and share experiences related to using it in their work, and develop a voice, vision, and communication channel to enhance its service. Initially, BTRIS membership will be open to NIH employees only, and meetings will take place monthly starting in Fall 2012. These meetings will consist of talks and brainstorming sessions. For more information, contact the chair, Jim DeLeo ( or 301-496-3848). To join the LISTSERV, go to A Web site is being planned.

Neuro-infectious Disease Interest Group (NIDIG)

NIDIG is a forum for the exchange of ideas for developing research projects on the effects of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and other infections on the brain and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for these infections. Research seminar meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month, 10:00–11:30 a.m., in Building 10, Room 2-3750. The presentations are preceded by a 30-minute period in which researchers can interact in a more relaxed manner. The forum also invites selected extramural investigators from other institutions to present their findings and interact with members of the NIDIG. We maintain a LISTSERV ( and a Web page ( In February each year, the group holds a retreat. For more information, contact Barbara Jaruga (