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Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board; Notice of Meetings-November 2015

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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 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):

SurgeryNovember 18, 2015Corporation for Enterprise Development.
Infectious Diseases-BNovember 19, 2015American College of Surgeons.
NephrologyNovember 19, 2015National Postal Museum, Blount Center.
HematologyNovember 20, 2015VA Central Office.*
Cellular and Molecular MedicineNovember 23, 2015VA Central Office.
Infectious Diseases-ANovember 23, 2015US Access Board.
The addresses of the meeting sites are:
American College of Surgeons, 20 F Street NE., Washington, DC.
Corporation for Enterprise Development, 1200 G Street NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC.
National Postal Museum, Blount Center, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, DC.
US Access Board, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC.
VA Central Office, 1100 First Street NE., Suite 600, 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 diverse 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; date, time and location will be announced later.

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 Start Printed Page 65874proposals. 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

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Dated: October 22, 2015.

Rebecca Schiller,

Advisory Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2015-27254 Filed 10-26-15; 8:45 am]