Scientific Interest Groups

Scientific Interest Groups, or SIGs, represent the social networking within WHI designed to optimize the use of WHI resources by: 

  • Stimulating scientific exchange
  • Encouraging productive collaboration within specific topic areas
  • Advancing science by developing innovative scientific papers and ancillary studies
  • Providing opportunities to engage current and new scientists to WHI
  • Coordinating acitivities in an area of mutual scientific interest. 

SIGs meet regularly by conference call to accomplish these objectives.  Any interested researchers can participate. To join a specific SIG, contact the corresponding SIG chair to be added to their mailing list and receive notifications about upcoming SIG calls.

SIG Chairs

Scientific Interest GroupChair or Co-ChairsContact E-mail
Aging: Cognition & Functional StatusSteve Rappsrapp@wakehealth.edu
Atrial FibrillationMarco Perezmvperez@stanford.edu
Bone/Fracture & Body CompositionCarolyn Crandallccrandall@mednet.ucla.edu
CancerMichael Simonsimonm@karmanos.org
Cardiovascular DiseaseMarcia Stefanickstefanick@stanford.edu
COVID-19Garnet Andersongarnet@whi.org
Sally Shumakersshumake@wakehealth.edu
Genetics, Proteomics & BiomarkersThemistocles (Tim) Assimestassimes@stanford.edu
Cara Cartyccarty@whi.org
HypertensionNora Franceschininoraf@unc.edu
Bernhard Haringharing.bernhard@gmail.com
Shimbo Daichids2231@cumc.columbia.edu
Minority and Health DisparitiesCrystal Cenecrystal_cene@med.unc.edu
Nutrition/Energy BalanceYasmin Mossavar-Rahmaniyasmin.mossavar-rahmani@einstein.yu.edu
Obesity & DiabetesLesley Tinkerltinker@whi.org
Physical & Built EnvironmentsEric Whitseleric_whitsel@unc.edu
Physical Activity/Body CompositionMichael LaMontemlamonte@buffalo.edu
Psychosocial & Behavioral HealthMichelle Naughtonmichelle.naughton@osumc.edu