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Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services 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 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-BMay 21, 2014American Association of Airport Executives.
SurgeryMay 21, 2014Hampton Inn.
NephrologyMay 22, 2014American Association of Airport Executives.
Neurobiology-CMay 22, 2014Hampton Inn.
Aging and Clinical GeriatricsMay 28, 2014VA Central Office.*
Endocrinology-BMay 29, 2014The Liaison Capitol Hill.
Infectious Diseases-AMay 29, 2014Hampton Inn.
Neurobiology-DMay 30, 2014US Access Board.
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Neurobiology-FMay 30, 2014VA Central Office.*
Cellular and Molecular MedicineJune 2, 2014VHA Conference Center.
Clinical Trials-AJune 2, 2014Hamilton Crowne Plaza.
Endocrinology-AJune 2, 2014US Access Board.
Neurobiology-BJune 3, 2014US Access Board.
Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences-AJune 4, 2014VHA Conference Center.
EpidemiologyJune 5, 2014VA Central Office.*
Gulf War ResearchJune 5, 2014VA Central Office.*
Oncology-AJune 5-6, 2014American Association of Airport Executives.
Clinical Trials-BJune 6, 2014VA Central Office.*
HematologyJune 6, 2014US Access Board.
Neurobiology-AJune 6, 2014The Liaison Capitol Hill.
Pulmonary MedicineJune 6, 2014The Liaison Capitol Hill.
GastroenterologyJune 10, 2014Hampton Inn.
Special Panel for GenomicsJune 10, 2014VA Central Office.*
Immunology-AJune 11, 2014Hampton Inn.
Cardiovascular Studies-AJune 12, 2014Hampton Inn.
Cardiovascular Studies-BJune 13, 2014Hampton Inn.
Neurobiology-EJune 13, 2014US Access Board.
EligibilityJuly 21, 2014VHA Conference Center.
* Teleconference.

The addresses of the meeting sites are:

American Association of Airport Executives, 601 Madison Street, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA

Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 1001 14th Street NW., Washington, DC

Hampton Inn, 1729 H Street NW., Washington, DC

The Liaison Capitol Hill, 415 New Jersey Avenue NW., Washington, DC

US Access Board, 1331 F Street NW., 8th Floor, Washington, DC

VHA Conference Center, 2011 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA

VA Central Office, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC

The purpose of the 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-half 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, discussions will deal with scientific merit of each proposal and 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 title 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) and (9)(B).

Those who plan to attend the general session or would like to obtain a copy of the minutes from the panel meetings and rosters of the members of the panels should contact Alex Chiu, Ph.D., Manager, Merit Review Program (10P9B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, at (202) 443-5672 or email at

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Rebecca Schiller,

Advisory Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2014-07324 Filed 4-1-14; 8:45 am]