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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-AMay 7, 2007St. Gregory Hotel.
Infectious Diseases-AMay 10, 2007Radisson Hotel.
Endocrinology-BMay 14, 2007Beacon Hotel.
NephrologyMay 14, 2007Wyndham Washington, DC.
Immunology-AMay 17, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
HematologyMay 18, 2007*VA Central Office.
Cardiovascular StudiesMay 21, 2007Woodfin Suites.
Endocrinology-AMay 21-22, 2007Radisson Hotel.
EpidemiologyMay 23, 2007*VA Central Office.
Cellular & Molecular MedicineMay 24, 2007Radisson Hotel.
Infectious Diseases-BMay 31, 2007Double Tree Hotel.
Oncology-AMay 31, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Mental Hlth & Bahav Sciences-BMay 31, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
RespirationJune 1, 2007Double Tree Hotel.
Neurobiology-EJune 4, 2007Beacon Hotel.
SurgeryJune 4, 2007St. Gregory Hotel.
Immunology-BJune 5, 2007Radisson Hotel.
Clinical Research ProgramJune 6, 2007*VA Central Office.
Neurobiology-AJune 11, 2007St. Gregory Hotel.
Neurobiology-DJune 11, 2007Beacon Hotel.
Oncology-BJune 14, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Neurobiology-CJune 14-15, 2007Radisson Hotel.
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GastroenterologyJune 15, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
The addresses of the hotels and VA Central Office are: Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters, 1615 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC; Double Tree Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC; L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC; Radisson Hotel Reagan National Airport, 2020 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA; St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M Street, NW., Washington, DC; VA Central Office, 1722 Eye Street, NW., Washington, DC; Woodfin Suites Hotel Rockville, 1380 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD; Wyndham Hotel, 1400 M Street, 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 clinical 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 each meeting involves discussion, examination, reference to staff and consultant critiques of research protocols. During this portion of each subcommittee meeting, 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. Dr. Frey can be contacted by phone at (202) 254-0288.

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Dated: April 6, 2007.

By direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 07-1877 Filed 4-16-07; 8:45 am]