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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 Sci-AMay 5, 2008L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
RespirationMay 9, 2008Marriott Crystal City Hotel.
Endocrinology-A&BMay 12-13, 2008L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Neurobiology-EMay 15, 2008L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
HematologyMay 16, 2008L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Cardiovascular StudiesMay 19, 2008The Westin.
Immunology-AMay 20, 2008Marriott Crystal City.
Cellular & Molecular MedicineMay 21, 2008*VA Central Office.
Clinical Research ProgramMay 22, 2008Marriott Crystal City.
Infectious Diseases-AMay 23, 2008The Westin.
Infectious Diseases-BMay 28, 2008Marriott Crystal City.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sci-BMay 29, 2008Marriott Crystal City.
Neurobiology-CJune 2-3, 2008St. Gregory Hotel.
EpidemiologyJune 3, 2008*VA Central Office.
NephrologyJune 6, 2008L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Neurobiology-AJune 9, 2008*VA Central Office.
Neurobiology-DJune 9, 2008The Westin.
SurgeryJune 9, 2008The Westin.
GastroenterologyJune 12, 2008The Westin.
OncologyJune 12-13 2008L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
Immunology-BJune 13, 2008L'Enfant Plaza Hotel.
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The addresses of the hotels and VA Central Office are:

L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC; Marriott Crystal City, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA; St. Gregory Hotel, 2033 M Street, NW., Washington, DC; VA Central Office, 1722 Eye Street, NW., Washington, DC; The Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel, 1400 M Street, NW., Washington, DC.

*Teleconference

The purpose of the Merit Review Board is to provide advice on the scientific quality, budget, safety and mission relevance of investigator 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)(8). 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: March 31 2008.

By direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. E8-7150 Filed 4-7-08; 8:45 am]

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