The purpose of the NIH Epilepsy Special
Interest Group is to stimulate communication and
collaboration among NIH scientists and administrators who are interested in clinical and basic epilepsy research.
The SIG concept was formalized at NIH eight years ago by director Harold
Varmus. SIGs are intended to create "faculties" that bridge institute lines. In
a recent article in The
NIH intramural director Michael Gottesman has said that SIGs can
provide a "focus for concentrating talent and resources."
We hope the Epilepsy SIG will become a focal point and a resource for epilepsy research at NIH.
The SIG includes extramural as well as intramural NIHers with an interest in
epilepsy. We invite the participation of those at NIH whose work mainly concerns
epilepsy. We also invite basic scientists with a curiosity about
epilepsy or who sense that their work could be relevant. Clinical
investigators who work with persons with epilepsy or who might consider
participating in clinical research in epilepsy will also want to join the SIG. We invite research
administrators and program directors whose work deals with epilepsy-related
grants and contracts. The NIH Epilepsy SIG is a group of NIH employees, researchers, and clinicians, but scientists from other institutions in the Bethesda area are welcome to participate in our
The NIH Epilepsy SIG will sponsor or co-sponsor occasional seminars and
lectures. Joining the SIG will insure that you are notified of all
Membership is open to NIH employees. To join the Epilepsy
please attend the organizational meeting. If you can't attend the meeting,
please send an e-mail to EpilepsySIG@nih.gov
and your name will be added to the e-mail list that will keep you informed of
activities sponsored by the SIG and other epilepsy-related events.
Please make sure to notify the Epilepsy SIG of
epilepsy-related activities that you are planning. Suggestions for speakers to
invite for the Epilepsy SIG seminar series are encouraged. Also, please let us
know of resources that you'd like to see available on this web site (epilepsy.sig.nih.gov).
A. Rogawski, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Section, NINDS
H. Theodore, M.D.
Epilepsy Section, NINDS
Send an e-mail to EpilepsySIG@nih.gov
There will be an organizational meeting:
Tuesday, September 10, 2002
NIH Director's Conference Room
Building 1 (Wilson Hall)