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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 (VA) gives notice under Public Law 92-463; Title 5 U.S.C. App. 2 (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 (JBL/CS SMRB) will meet from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the dates indicated below (unless otherwise listed):

SubcommitteeDateLocation
Endocrinology-BMay 21, 2015*VA Central Office.
Infectious Diseases-BMay 21, 2015Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria.
NephrologyMay 21, 2015Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria.
Neurobiology-CMay 21, 2015Westin Crystal City.
Aging and Clinical GeriatricsMay 27, 2015*VA Central Office.
SurgeryMay 27, 2015*VA Central Office.
Cardiovascular Studies-AMay 28, 2015Hampton Inn.
Infectious Diseases-AMay 28, 2015Westin Crystal City.
Neurobiology-FMay 28, 2015*VA Central Office.
Neurobiology-AMay 29, 2015Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria.
Neurobiology-DMay 29, 2015Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria.
Cellular and Molecular MedicineJune 1, 2015Westin Crystal City.
Endocrinology-AJune 1, 2015Westin Crystal City.
EpidemiologyJune 2, 2015*VA Central Office.
Neurobiology-RJune 2, 2015*VA Central Office (12:00 p.m. ET).
Oncology-EJune 2, 2015*VA Central Office (10:00 a.m. ET).
Oncology-BJune 2, 2015*VA Central Office (1:00 p.m. ET).
Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences-AJune 3, 2015Hampton Inn.
Oncology-DJune 3, 2015*VA Central Office (10:00 a.m. ET).
Oncology-CJune 3, 2015*VA Central Office (1:00 p.m. ET).
Pulmonary MedicineJune 4, 2015Westin Crystal City.
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Special Emphasis on GenomicsJune 4, 2015Westin Crystal City.
Gulf War ResearchJune 4, 2015*VA Central Office.
Clinical Trials-BJune 5, 2015*VA Central Office.
Neurobiology-EJune 5, 2015Hampton Inn.
Oncology-AJune 5, 2015*VA Central Office (10:00 a.m. ET).
Clinical Trials-AJune 9, 2015Hampton Inn.
GastroenterologyJune 9, 2015Westin Crystal City.
Neurobiology-BJune 9, 2015Westin Crystal City.
Immunology-AJune 10, 2015American Association of Airport Executives.
Special Emphasis on Million Veteran Program ProjectsJune 10, 2015Hampton Inn.
Cardiovascular Studies-BJune 11, 2015Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria.
HematologyJune 11, 2015*VA Central Office.
JBL/CS SMRBJune 16, 2015*VA Central Office (3:00 p.m. ET).
EligibilityJuly 20, 2015Hampton Inn.
The addresses of the meeting sites are:
American Association of Airport Executives, 601 Madison Street, 3rd Floor, Alexandria, VA.
Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, 901 N. Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA.
Hampton Inn, 1729 H Street NW., Washington, DC.
US Access Board, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC.
Westin Crystal City, 1800 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA.
VA Central Office, 1100 First Street NE., 6th Floor, Washington, DC.
*Teleconference.

The purpose of the subcommittees is to provide advice on the scientific quality, budget, safety and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for VA merit review evaluation. Proposals submitted for review include numerous medical specialties within the general areas of biomedical, behavioral and clinical science research.

The subcommittee meetings will be closed to the public for the review, discussion, and evaluation of initial and renewal research proposals. However, the JBL/CS SMRB teleconference meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public who wish to attend the open JBL/CS SMRB teleconference may dial 1-800-767-1750, participant code 95562. Members of the public who wish to make a statement at the JBL/CS SMRB meeting must notify Dr. Alex Chiu via email at alex.chiu@va.gov by June 9, 2015.

The closed subcommittee meetings involve discussion, examination, and reference to staff and consultant critiques of research proposals. 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. Additionally, premature disclosure of research information could significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency action regarding the research proposals. As provided by subsection 10(d) of Public Law 92-463, as amended by Public Law 94-409, closing the subcommittee meetings is in accordance with Title 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(6) and (9)(B).

Those who would like to obtain a copy of the minutes from the closed subcommittee meetings and rosters of the subcommittee members 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 alex.chiu@va.gov.

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Dated: April 16, 2015.

Rebecca Schiller,

Advisory Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2015-09186 Filed 4-20-15; 8:45 am]

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