SMRB Meeting/Teleconference on Feb 23

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,, (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.



  1. […] of the NIH (or the extramural research community). Perhaps, given a bit more information after the February 23 SMRB meeting, she will realize that her determinations were premature and that more careful examination of the […]

  2. Anonymous said

    Well, I just posted a suggestion for Dr Tabak at the NCATS comment section. Hopefully, the comment gets through and they pass it on Kathleen Sebelius. Just in case, I am posting it here:

    “Dear Dr Tabak,

    Thank you for requesting input for this new initiative on a Center for Advancing Translational Medicine. I read the Report delivered by the SMRB and wonder if, prior to the February 23 SMRB, the Board could have a therapy session to address their apparent cognitive dissonance. Their principles, as stated in the Report, are very enlightening but their practices are infinitely distant from the ideals and goals they proclaim. I was recently told by a psychiatrist that “is not uncommon for intellectually driven people:professors, doctors, artists etc to have delusional long-lasting episodes alternating with periods of sadness but they are treatable”, he said. Equally encouraging was his mentioning of Einstein, Mozart and a whole bunch of celebrities as individuals suffering, at some point in their lives, for a recently discovered and effciently treated “bipolar” disorder. I think that a one-session would do them good. You could just set up a video conference for them to avoid traveling, extra expense and taking them away from their daily responsibilities.”

    Well, I said one psychiatrist but in reality I had 3 or 4 telling me how prevalent and normal that disorder is among gifted people. In other words, if I do not consider myself intellectually or artistically gifted I would try my best in becoming one by taking the medicines and just becoming a happy gifted bipolar.

  3. writedit said

    Jeremy Berg has posted the SMRB meeting notice on the NIGMS Feedback Loop. Feel free to leave comments there as well.

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