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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 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 be held on the dates below from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (unless otherwise listed) at the 20 F Conference Center, 20 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 and at the Office of Research and Development, 1100 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002:

MeetingDate(s)
BL/CS R&D Surgery SubcommitteeNovember 12, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Pulmonary Medicine SubcommitteeNovember 13, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Infectious Diseases-B SubcommitteeNovember 14, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Oncology-A/D SubcommitteeNovember 14, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Hematology SubcommitteeNovember 15, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Oncology-C SubcommitteeNovember 15, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Cellular & Molecular Medicine SubcommitteeNovember 18, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Oncology-B/E SubcommitteeNovember 18, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Immunology & Dermatology-A SubcommitteeNovember 20, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences-C SubcommitteeNovember 20, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Cardiovascular Studies-A SubcommitteeNovember 21, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Endocrinology-A SubcommitteeNovember 21, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences-PNovember 21, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Neurobiology-C SubcommitteeNovember 21, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Neurobiology-E SubcommitteeNovember 22, 2019.
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BL/CS R&D Endocrinology-B SubcommitteeNovember 25, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences-A SubcommitteeDecember 3, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Nephrology SubcommitteeDecember 3, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Neurobiology-B SubcommitteeDecember 3, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Infectious Diseases-A SubcommitteeDecember 4, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Neurobiology-F SubcommitteeDecember 4, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Cardiovascular Studies-B SubcommitteeDecember 5, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Gastroenterology SubcommitteeDecember 5, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Neurobiology-P SubcommitteeDecember 5, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Neurobiology-A SubcommitteeDecember 6, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Neurobiology-D SubcommitteeDecember 6, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Gulf War Research SubcommitteeDecember 6, 2019.
BL/CS R&D Eligibility SubcommitteeJanuary 17, 2020.

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 (10X2B), 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 8, 2019.

LaTonya L. Small,

Federal Advisory Committee Management Officer.

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[FR Doc. 2019-22378 Filed 10-11-19; 8:45 am]

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