Prevention Scientific Interest Groups (SIGS)

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 will work together for 18–24 months, and potentially longer if the collaborative activities prove to be a productive approach to advancing prevention research at the NIH.

Please note that these groups are open to federal employees only.

Prevention SIGs

The five current Prevention SIGs are:

  • Screening in Children
  • Screening in Adults
  • Genetics of Prevention
  • Evaluating Environmental, Policy, and Systems-Level Interventions
  • Interventions To Prevent or Delay the Onset of Comorbid Diseases

In addition to these five 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.

For more information about the SIGs, please contact Dionne Godette, NIH Office of Disease Prevention, at