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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 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
Mental Hlth & Behav Sciences-BMay 4, 2006Doubletree Washington
NephrologyMay 8, 2006Hotel Rouge
Immunology-AMay 9, 2006Topaz Hotel
Immunology-BMay 12, 2006Doubletree Washington
Aging and Clinical GeriatricsMay 12, 2006Hotel Madera
Mental Hlth & Behav Sciences-AMay 15, 2006Wyndham Hotel
Oncology-AMay 15-16, 2006Hilton Embassy Row
Infectious Diseases-BMay 17, 2006Crowne Plaza Silver Spring
HermatologyMay 18, 2006Holiday Inn Central
Endocrinology-BMay 19, 2006Doubletree Rockville
Cardiovascular Studies-AMay 22, 2006The Churchill Hotel
Cellular & Molecular MedicineMay 22, 2006One Washington Circle
EpidemiologyMay 23, 2006St. Gregory Hotel
Cardiovascular Studies-BMay 25, 2006Doubletree Washington
Neurobiology-AJune 2, 2006One Washington Circle
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Oncology-BJune 5-6, 2006Hilton Embassy Row
Neurobiology-CJune 7-8, 2006Wyndham Hotel
GastroenterologyJune 8, 2006Courtyard Rockville
Infectious Diseases-AJune 9, 2006Marriott Bethesda North
Neurobiology-DJune 12, 2006Hilton Embassy Row
SurgeryJune 12, 2006Hilton Embassy Row
RespirationJune 12, 2006Hilton Embassy Row
Endocrinology-AJune 14-15, 2006Wyndham Hotel
Clinical Research ProgramJune 16, 2006The Churchill Hotel
Neurobiology-EJune 16, 2006Doubletree Washington

The addresses of the hotels are:

Courtyard Rockville, 2500 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD.

Crowne Plaza Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.

Doubletree Washington, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.

Doubletree Rockville (The Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center), 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD.

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

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

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

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

Marriott Bethesda North Hotel & Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, MD.

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

St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M Street, NW., Washington, DC.

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

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

Wyndham Hotel, 1400 M 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 specialities 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 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, PhD, 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 10, 2006.

By Direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 06-3650 Filed 4-17-06; 8:45 am]

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