The Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) coordinates the Prevention Scientific Interest Groups (SIGs). The groups are primarily made up of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) program staff as well as federal scientists and staff from other branches of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The SIGs develop collaborative research initiatives to address unmet prevention research needs. To avoid overlap with other collaborative research planning groups, they focus on areas where there are no existing collaborative trans-NIH or federal groups.
The SIGs work together over several years to identify and develop collaborative activities for advancing prevention research at the NIH.
Please note that these groups are open to federal employees only.
The three current Prevention SIGs are:
- Screening in Children
- Screening in Adults
- Interventions To Prevent or Delay the Onset of Comorbid Diseases
Two Prevention SIGs have completed their work in the areas of:
- Genetics of Prevention
- Evaluating Environmental, Policy, and Systems-Level Interventions
In addition to these three areas, the SIGs collaborate with the NIH Tobacco and Nicotine Research Interest Group and the NIH Exercise Interest Group to work on prevention research activities not already being addressed by those groups.