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Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research and Development and Clinical Science Research and Development Services Scientific Merit Review Board Amended; 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). This Notice of Meetings is being amended due to date changes.

SubcommitteeDateLocation
SurgeryNovember 16, 2016Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City.
Infectious Diseases-BNovember 17, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Oncology-A/DNovember 17, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
HematologyNovember 18, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Oncology-CNovember 18, 2016* VA Central Office.
Cellular & Molecular MedicineNovember 21, 2016* VA Central Office.
Oncology-ENovember 21, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Oncology-BNovember 28, 2016* VA Central Office.
EpidemiologyNovember 29, 2016* VA Central Office.
Infectious Diseases-ANovember 29, 2016* VA Central Office.
Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences-ANovember 29, 2016* VA Central Office.
NephrologyNovember 29, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Immunology-ANovember 30, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences-BNovember 30, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Cardiovascular Studies-ADecember 1, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Endocrinology-BDecember 1, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Neurobiology-CDecember 1, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Pulmonary MedicineDecember 1, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Neurobiology-ADecember 2, 2016* VA Central Office.
Neurobiology-EDecember 2, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Special Emphasis on GenomicsDecember 2, 2016* VA Central Office.
Endocrinology-ADecember 5, 2016Hyatt Regency Washington.
Neurobiology-BDecember 6, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Cardiovascular Studies-BDecember 8, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
GastroenterologyDecember 8, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Neurobiology-DDecember 9, 2016Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Gulf War ResearchDecember 9, 2016* VA Central Office.
Jt BL/CS SMRBJanuary 26, 2017* VA Central Office.
EligibilityJanuary 27, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
The addresses of the meeting sites are:
Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport, 2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA.
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue NW., 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.

These subcommittee meetings will be closed to the public for the review, discussion, and evaluation of initial and renewal research proposals, which involve 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 Holly Krull, Ph.D., Manager, Merit Review Program (10P9B), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420, at (202) 632-8522 or email at holly.krull@va.gov.

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Dated: October 5, 2016.

LaTonya L. Small,

Advisory Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2016-24510 Filed 10-7-16; 8:45 am]

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