The Department of Veterans Affairs gives notice under the Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that the panels 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. on the dates indicated below:
|Infectious Diseases-A||November 16, 2010||*VA Central Office|
|Hematology||November 18, 2010||*VA Central Office|
|Infectious Diseases-B||November 19, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Neurobiology-A||November 19, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Neurobiology-D||November 19, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Pulmonary Medicine||November 19, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Endocrinology-B||November 22, 2010||*VA Central Office|
|Surgery||November 22, 2010||The Hotel George|
|Cellular & Molecular Medicine||November 22, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Mental Hlth & Behav Sci-B||November 22, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Endocrinology-A||November 23, 2010||The Hotel George|
|Immunology-A||December 1, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Epidemiology||December 1, 2010||*VA Central Office|
|Neurobiology-E||December 1, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Gastroenterology||December 2, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Nephrology||December 2, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Neurobiology-C||December 2-3, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Oncology||December 2-3, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Cardiovascular Studies||December 3, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|Clinical Research Program||December 3, 2010||*VA Central Office|
|Mental Hlth & Behav Sci-A||December 3, 2010||Crowne Plaza|
|The addresses of the hotels and VA Central Office are: Crowne Plaza Washington DC/Silver Spring, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. The Hotel George, 15 E 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 panel 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 panel meeting will be closed to the public for the review, discussion, and evaluation of initial and renewal research proposals.
The closed portion of each meeting involves discussion, examination, reference to staff and consultant critiques of research proposals. During this portion of each 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 proposals.
As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended, closing portions of these panel 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 panel meetings and rosters of the members of the panels should contact LeRoy G. Frey, Ph.D., Chief, Program Review (121F), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420, at (202) 461-1664 or Leroy.firstname.lastname@example.org.Start Signature
Dated: September 16, 2010.
By Direction of the Secretary.
Acting Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2010-23609 Filed 9-21-10; 8:45 am]
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