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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
SurgeryNovember 10, 2008Embassy Suites—Chevy Chase.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sci-BNovember 13, 2008DoubleTree Hotel.
ImmunologyNovember 14, 2008Embassy Suites—Chevy Chase.
HematologyNovember 14, 2008Embassy Suites—Chevy Chase.
Cardiovascular StudiesNovember 17, 2008Embassy Suites—Crystal City.
Cellular & Molecular MedicineNovember 19, 2008* VA Central Office.
GastroenterologyNovember 20, 2008The Westin Washington DC.
RespirationNovember 21, 2008The Westin Washington DC.
Mental Hlth & Behav Sci-ANovember 24, 2008St. Gregory Luxury Hotel & Suites.
Neurobiology-DNovember 25, 2008St. Gregory Luxury Hotel & Suites.
Endocrinology-BDecember 1, 2008St. Gregory Luxury Hotel & Suites.
Infectious Diseases-ADecember 2, 2008Embassy Suites—Chevy Chase.
Infectious Diseases-BDecember 3, 2008The Westin Washington DC.
OncologyDecember 4-5, 2008DoubleTree Hotel.
Neurobiology-ADecember 5, 2008* VA Central Office.
NephrologyDecember 5, 2008The Westin Washington DC.
EpidemiologyDecember 5, 2008* VA Central Office.
Endocrinology-ADecember 8, 2008The Westin Washington DC.
Neurobiology-EDecember 8, 2008The Westin Washington DC.
Clinical Research ProgramDecember 9, 2008Embassy Suites—Crystal City.
Neurobiology-CDecember 11-12, 2008DoubleTree Hotel.
The addresses of the hotels and VA Central Office are:
DoubleTree Hotel, 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW., Washington, DC.
Embassy Suites—Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Road, NW., Washington, DC.
Embassy Suites—Crystal City, 1300 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-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, PhD, Chief, Program Review (121F), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420 at (202) 461-1679.

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Dated: October 20, 2008.

By direction of the Secretary.

E. Philip Riggin,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. E8-25451 Filed 10-24-08; 8:45 am]

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