The SIG Beat

News from and About the NIH Scientific Interest Groups


The Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Scientific Interest Group (BHL-SIG) was created, in part, to address issues raised in the January 2011 U.S. Surgeon General “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” report, the product of two years of work by a federal steering committee representing many HHS entities including NICHD. The document called for increased research support for topics related to breastfeeding. A diverse group of NIH scientists will gather to learn about and discuss research gaps and needed studies related to breastfeeding. For more information, contact the moderator, NICHD medical officer Tonse N.K. Raju ( or 301-402-1872) or visit the Web site at

Global Health

The mission of the Global Health Interest Group (GHIG) is to unite and strengthen the NIH community members interested in and conducting research projects related to the interdisciplinary field of global health. Activities include a seminar series, networking events, a LISTSERV, and an annual global-health retreat. For general questions or comments, contact Jessica Taaffe ( For questions about the seminar series and suggestions for speakers, contact Priscilla Kelly ( Visit the GHIG Web site at

Stem Cell Seminar Series

September 18: Marc Ferrer (NHGRI); Building 50, Room 1227, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
October 2: Mark Krasnow (HHMI); Lipsett Amphitheater (Building 10),  2:00–3:00 p.m.
For more information and future seminar dates, go to

The complete list of Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs), a.k.a. NIH Inter-institute Interest Groups, is at