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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 (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
Infectious Disease-BNovember 7, 2007Hyatt Arlington.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sci-BNovember 8, 2007Hyatt Arlington.
HematologyNovember 9, 2007Hyatt Arlington.
Immunology-ANovember 14, 2007Hyatt Arlington.
NephrologyNovember 16, 2007Hyatt Arlington.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sci-ANovember 19, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
EpidemiologyNovember 20, 2007*VA Central Office.
RespirationNovember 29, 2007St. Gregory Hotel.
Cellular & Molecular MedicineNovember 29, 2007*VA Central Office.
Cardiovascular StudiesNovember 30, 2007St. Gregory Hotel.
Immunology-BNovember 30, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Neurobiology-EDecember 3, 2007Hyatt Arlington.
SurgeryDecember 3, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Infectious Diseases-ADecember 4, 2007*VA Central Office.
Clinical Research ProgramDecember 5, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
GastroenterologyDecember 6, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
OncologyDecember 6-7, 2007L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Neurobiology-ADecember 7, 2007*VA Central Office.
Neurobiology-DDecember 10, 2007*VA Central Office.
EndocrinologyDecember 10-11, 2007St. Gregory Hotel.
Neurobiology-CDecember 14, 2007St. Gregory Hotel.
The addresses of the hotels and VA Central Office are: Hyatt Arlington, 1325 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC; St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M Street, NW., Washington, DC; VA Central Office, 1722 Eye 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 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, 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: October 18, 2007.

By Direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 07-5229 Filed 10-23-07; 8:45 am]