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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 the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, that the subcommittees of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Scientific Merit Review Board will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dates indicated below:

Aging and Neurodegenerative DiseaseFebruary 20, 2013* VA Central Office.
Rehabilitation Engineering and Prosthetics/OrthoticsFebruary 20, 2013Courtyard DC/U.S. Capitol.
Brain Injury: TBI & StrokeFebruary 20-21, 2013* VA Central Office.
Musculoskeletal/Orthopedic RehabilitationFebruary 20-21, 2013Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Psychological Health and Social ReintegrationFebruary 20-21, 2013Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Sensory Systems/CommunicationFebruary 26, 2013Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Regenerative MedicineFebruary 26-27, 2013Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Career Development Award Program and Research Career ScientistsFebruary 26-28, 2013*VA Central Office.
Spinal Cord InjuryFebruary 28, 2013* VA Central Office.

The addresses of the meeting sites are:

VA Central Office, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20002 (*Teleconfernce)

Courtyard DC/U.S. Capitol, 1325 2nd Street NE., Washington, DC 20002.

Paralyzed Veterans of America, 801 Eighteenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20006.

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.

The subcommittee meetings will be open to the public for approximately one-half 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 meetings 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 subcommittee 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 Start Printed Page 9456(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).

No oral or written comments will be accepted from the public for either portion of the meetings. Those who plan to attend the open portion of a subcommittee meeting should contact Tiffany Asqueri, Designated Federal Officer, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, at Department of Veterans Affairs (10P9R), 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, or email For further information, please call Mrs. Asqueri at (202) 443-5757.

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Dated: February 4, 2013.

By Direction of the Secretary:

Vivian Drake,

Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2013-02806 Filed 2-7-13; 8:45 am]