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Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board; Notice of Meeting

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The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463 (Federal Advisory Committee Act) that a meeting of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board will be held February 23-25 and March 1-2, 2011, at the Doubletree Hotel Crystal City, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, VA, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The following subcommittees of the Board will meet to evaluate merit review applications:

February 23—Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics/Orthotics Regenerative Medicine.

February 23-24—Aging & Neurodegenerative Disease Psychological Health and Social Reintegration.

February 23-25—Brain Injury Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic Rehabilitation.

March 1—Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics/Orthotics.

March 1-2—Psychological Health and Social Reintegration; Sensory Systems/Communication; Spinal Cord Injury; and Career Development Award Program.

The purpose of the Board is to review rehabilitation research and development applications and advise the Director, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, and the Chief Research and Development Officer on the scientific and technical merit, the mission relevance, and the protection of human and animal subjects.

A general session of each subcommittee meeting will be open to the public for approximately one hour at the start of each meeting to cover administrative matters and to discuss the general status of the program. The remaining portion of each subcommittee meeting will be closed to the public for the discussion, examination, reference to, and oral review of the research applications and critiques.

During the closed potion of each meeting, discussion and recommendations will include qualifications of the 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 would likely compromise significantly the implementation of proposed agency action regarding such research projects). As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended by Public Law 94-409, closing the meeting is in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) and (9)(B).

Those who plan to attend the general session should contact Tiffany Asqueri, Designated Federal Officer, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, at Department of Veterans Affairs (122), 810 Vermont Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20420, or e-mail tiffany.asqueri@va.gov at least five days before the meeting. For further information, please call Mrs. Asqueri at (202) 443-5757.

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By direction of the Secretary.

Dated: January 26, 2011.

William F. Russo,

Director of Regulations Management, Office of the General Counsel.

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[FR Doc. 2011-2124 Filed 1-31-11; 8:45 am]

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