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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
Infectious Diseases—BMay 18, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
NephrologyMay 18, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
HematologyMay 19, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Oncology—A/DMay 19, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Cellular & Molecular MedicineMay 22, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Endocrinology—BMay 22, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Neurobiology—CMay 23, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Oncology—BMay 24 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
SurgeryMay 24 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Cardiovascular Studies—AMay 25, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Infectious Diseases—AMay 25, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Oncology—CMay 25 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Immunology & Dermatology—AMay 31, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Neurobiology—BMay 31, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Oncology—EMay 31, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Gulf War ResearchJune 1, 2017* VA Central Office.
Pulmonary MedicineJune 1, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Endocrinology—AJune 2, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Neurobiology—AJune 2, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Neurobiology—EJune 2, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
GastroenterologyJune 6, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences—AJune 7, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
Neurobiology—FJune 7, 2017* VA Central Office.
Cardiovascular Studies—BJune 8, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences—BJune 8, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
EpidemiologyJune 8, 2017* VA Central Office.
Neurobiology—DJune 9, 2017Hyatt Regency Washington.
Special Emphasis Panel on Million Veteran Prog ProjJuly 11-12, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
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EligibilityJuly 17, 2017Hilton Crystal City—Reagan National Airport.
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 various 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 obstruct 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: April 5, 2017.

LaTonya L. Small,

Advisory Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2017-07125 Filed 4-7-17; 8:45 am]

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