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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 Public Law 92-463 (Federally Advisory Committee Act) that the subcommittees of the Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science 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
NephrologyMay 16, 2005One Washington Circle.
RespirationMay 16-27, 2005Holiday Inn on the Hill.
Immunology—BMay 19, 2005The Churchill Hotel.
General Medical ScienceMay 23, 2005Hotel Madera.
Aging and Clinical GeriatricsMay 25, 2005Hotel Lombardy.
Neurobiology—AMay 26-27, 2005Hotel Rouge.
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Neurobiology—DJune 1, 2005The Churchill Hotel.
HematologyJune 2, 2005Hotel Lombardy.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sciences—AJune 3, 2005Hotel Rouge.
Surgery—BJune 6, 2005Hotel Lombardy.
Clinical Research PrgmJune 6, 2005One Washington Circle.
GastroenterologyJune 9-10, 2005Holiday Inn on the Hill.
Infectious Diseases—AJune 10, 2005The Churchill Hotel.
Surgery—AJune 13, 2005Holiday Inn Central.
Endocrinology—BJune 13, 2005Hotel Madera.
Oncology—AJune 13-14, 2005Crystal Gateway Marriott.
Infectious Diseases—BJune 14-15, 2005The Churchill Hotel.
Immunology—AJune 16, 2005Topaz Hotel.
Neurobiology—CJune 16-17, 2005Hotel Helix.
Oncology—BJune 16-17, 2005Holiday Inn on the Hill.
Cardiovascular Studies—AJune 20, 2005Holiday Inn Central.
Endocrinology—AJune 20-21, 2005Holiday Inn Central.
Neurobiology—EJune 22, 2005Holiday Inn on the Hill.
Cardiovascular Studies—BJune 24, 2005Hilton Embassy Row.
Neurobiology—BJune 24, 2005Hilton Embassy Row.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sciences—BJune 23-24, 2005Hotel Rouge.

The addresses of the hotels are:

Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington, VA.

Hilton Embassy Row, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

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

Holiday Inn on the Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

Hotel Lombardy, 2019 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

Hotel Madera, 1310 New Hampshire Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

Hotel Rouge, 1315 16th Street, NW., Washington, DC.

One Washington Circle, One Washington Circle, NW., Washington, DC.

The Churchill Hotel, 1914 Connecticut Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

Topaz Hotel, 1733 N Street, NW., Washington, DC.

The purpose of the Merit Review Board is to provide advice on the scientific quality, budget, safety and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for VA merit review consideration. Proposals submitted for review by the Board involve a wide range of medical specialties within the general areas of biomedical, behavioral and clinic science research.

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 pubic 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, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, 20420 at (202) 254-0288.

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Dated: April 8, 2005.

By direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 05-7985 Filed 4-20-05; 8:45 am]

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