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Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board; Notice of Meetings

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The Department of Veterans Affairs gives notice under the Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the subcommittees of the Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Sciences Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as indicated below

Subcommittee forDate(s)Location
Surgery—ANov 8, 2004St. Gregory Hotel.
Endocrinology—ANov 8-9, 2004Governor's House.
NephrologyNov 15-16, 2004Governor's House.
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Neurobiology—ENov 18, 2004Topaz Hotel.
GastroenterologyNov 18-19, 2004Hotel Helix.
Cardiovascular Studies—BNov 19, 2004Washington Marriott.
General Medical ScienceNov 19, 2004Washington Marriott.
Neurobiology—DNov 19, 2004Hotel Washington.
Infectious Diseases—ANov 22, 2004Hotel Lombardy.
Surgery—BNov 22, 2004Hotel Lombardy.
Neurobiology—BNov 29, 2004Washington Marriott.
Immunology—ANov 30, 2004Hotel Lombardy.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sciences—ADec 1, 2004Residence Inn.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sciences—BDec 2, 2004Hotel Lombardy.
Neurobiology—CDec 2-3, 2004Washington Marriott.
Oncology—BDec 2-3, 2004Hotel Washington.
Clinical Research ProgramDec 3, 2004Washington Marriott.
Endocrinology—BDec 3, 2004Governor's House.
Cardiovascular Studies—ADec 6-7, 2004St. Gregory Hotel.
Immunology—BDec 6-7, 2004Hotel Rouge.
Neurobiology—ADec 9-10, 2004Holiday Inn Central.
Aging and Clinical GeriatricsDec 10, 2004Hotel Lombardy.
Oncology—ADec 13-14, 2004Residence Inn.
RespirationDec 13-14, 2004Governor's House.
HematologyDec 16, 2004Hotel Lombardy.
Infectious Diseases—BDec 16-17, 2004Washington Marriott.
 The addresses of the hotels are:
 Governor's House, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC;
 Holiday Inn Central, 1501 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC;
 Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC;
 Hotel Lombardy, 2019 Pensylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC;
 Hotel Rouge, 1315—16th Street, NW., Washington, DC;
 Hotel Washington, 515—15th Street, NW., Washington, DC;
 Residence Inn (Thomas Circle), 1199 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC;
 St. Gregory Hotel & Suites, 2033 M Street, NW., Washington, DC;
 Topaz Hotel, 1733 N Street, NW., Washington, DC;
 Washington Marriott, 1221—22nd Street, NW., Washington, DC.

These subcommittee meetings are for the purpose of evaluating the scientific merit of research conducted in each speciality by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) investigations 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 staff and consultant critiques of research protocols. 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, 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 (121F), Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC, (202) 254-0288.

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Dated: October 14, 2004.

By Direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 04-24114 Filed 10-27-04; 8:45 am]