The Natural Products Scientific Interest Group was created to bring interested NIH program officials and intramural investigators together. The group will meet periodically to discuss recent advances and hear from invited experts.
Natural products refer to a chemical substance produced by a living organism, most notably marine invertebrates, plants, fungi, and bacteria that have distinctive pharmacological effects. Single chemical entities as well as their mixtures in natural product extracts, have a long history of use as drugs, drug precursors, and/or complementary health adjuvants. Such materials have provided the source or inspiration for a vast number of FDA-approved agents and continue to be one of the major sources of inspiration for drug discovery.
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About Scientific Interest Groups at NIH
NIH Scientific Interest Groups are assemblies of scientists with common research interests. These groups sponsor symposia, poster sessions and lectures; offer mentoring and career guidance for junior scientists; help researchers share the latest techniques and information; act as informal advisors to the Deputy Director of Intramural Research (DDIR); provide advice for the annual NIH Research Festival; and serve as hosts for the Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series. Many of these groups are co-sponsored by neighboring academic and government institutions and welcome interested non-NIH scientists.