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Medical Research Service Merit Review Committee, Notice of Meetings

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The Department of Veterans Affairs gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., of the following meetings to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as indicated below:

Subcommittee forDate(s)Location
RespirationSeptember 19, 2002Holiday Inn Central
Immunology & DermatologySeptember 19, 2002Washington Plaza
SurgerySeptember 23, 2002Holiday Inn Central
Aging & Clinical GeriatricsSeptember 27, 2002Washington Plaza
NephrologySeptember 27, 2002Holiday Inn Central
Cardiovascular StudiesSeptember 30, 2002Holiday Inn Central
General Medical ScienceSeptember 30, 2002Holiday Inn Central
EndocrinologyOctober 3-4, 2002Marriott Residence Inn
Alcoholism & Drug DependenceOctober 4, 2002Washington Plaza
Mental Health & Behav SciencesOctober 7, 2002Holiday Inn Central
GastroenterologyOctober 14, 2002Holiday Inn Central
Clinical Research ProgramOctober 16, 2002Holiday Inn Central
Infectious DiseasesOctober 17-18, 2002Holiday Inn Central
Neurobiology-COctober 18, 2002Holiday Inn Central
OncologyOctober 21-22, 2002Holiday Inn Central
HematologyOctober 24, 2002Holiday Inn Central
Neurobiology-DOctober 24-25, 2002Marriott Residence Inn
EpidemiologyOctober 29, 2002Holiday Inn Central
Medical Research Service Merit Review CommitteeDecember 5, 2002Holiday Inn Central

The addresses of the hotels are:

Holiday Inn Central, 1501 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Marriott Residence Inn—Thomas Circle, 1199 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Washington Plaza, 10 Thomas Circle, NW, Washington, DC

These subcommittee meetings are for the purpose of evaluating the scientific merit of research conducted in each specialty by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) investigators working in VA Medical Centers and Clinics.

The subcommittee meetings will be open to the public for approximately one hour at the start of each meeting to discuss the general status of the program. The remaining portion of each subcommittee meeting will be closed to the public for the review, discussion, and evaluation of initial and renewal projects.

The closed portion of the meetings involves discussion, examination, reference to and oral review of site Start Printed Page 56615visits, staff and consultant critiques of research protocols and similar documents. During this portion of the subcommittee meetings, discussion and recommendations will deal with qualifications of personnel conducting the studies, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, as well as research information, the premature disclosure of which could significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency action regarding such research projects.

As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended by Public Law 94-409, closing portions of these subcommittee meetings is in accordance with 5 U.S.C., 552b(c) (6) and (9)(B). Those who plan to attend or would like to obtain a copy of minutes of the subcommittee meetings and rosters of the members of the subcommittees should contact LeRoy G. Frey, Ph.D., Chief, Program Review Division, Medical Research Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, (202) 408-3630.

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Dated: August 23, 2002.

By Direction of the Secretary.

Ron Aument,

Deputy Chief of Staff.

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[FR Doc. 02-22441 Filed 9-3-02; 8:45 am]