I thought this might show up on the SMRB Website by now, but as announced in the Federal Register, the next meeting of the SMRB, which is open to the public, will be held Wednesday, February 23rd, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The toll-free number to participate in the teleconference is 1-800-779-1545 (pass code is “NIH”). You can also submit written comments by Feb 22nd. An agenda will be posted on the SMRB Website, but the Federal Register announcement notes that:
Agenda: Presentation and discussion will focus on NIH activities related to the Board’s recommendations to create a new center for advancing translational medicine and therapeutics development. As requested by the Board in its Report on Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, NIH will provide an update on the proposed creation of a new center and its evaluation of the impact of such a center on other relevant extant programs at NIH, including the National Centerfor Research Resources. The Board will also discuss next steps regarding future SMRB activities. Time will be allotted on the agenda for public comment. To sign up for public comment, please submit your name and affiliation to the contact person listed below by February 22, 2011. Sign up will be restricted to one sign up per e-mail. In the event that time does not allow for all those interested to present oral comments, anyone may file written comments using the contact person address below.
Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.
Contact Person: Lyric Jorgenson, Office of Science Policy, Office of the Director, NIH, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892, email@example.com, (301) 496-6837.
Should be a fun 2 hours filled with a lot of fast talking, unless they do not anticipate any impact on the rest of the NIH that will merit discussion or many public comments. Lunchtime no less. No talking with your mouths full.
In the meantime, you can also continue to leave comments at the NCATS feedback page, including your thoughts on the NCRR redistribution straw model and about NCATS itself. I’m not sure why this page does not include the notices sent to Congress about the proposed formation of NCATS and abolition of NCRR or the list of questions from staffer John Bartrum, but you can find all of these items here.