Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues will conduct its fourth meeting. At this meeting, the Commission will discuss genetics, neuroscience, and neuroimaging for testing, research, diagnosis, risk identification, and health promotion. The Commission will also begin a review of human subjects protection.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation; Medicare Program; Meeting of the Technical Advisory Panel on Medicare Trustee Reports
This notice announces public meetings of the Technical Advisory Panel on Medicare Trustee Reports (Panel). Notice of these meetings is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2, section 10(a)(1) and (a)(2)). The Panel will discuss the long- term rate of change in health spending and may make recommendations to the Medicare Trustees on how the Trustees might more accurately estimate health spending in the long run. The Panel's discussion is expected to be very technical in nature and will focus on the actuarial and economic assumptions and methods by which Trustees might more accurately measure health spending. Although panelists are not limited in the topics they may discuss, the Panel is not expected to discuss or recommend changes in current or future Medicare provider payment rates or coverage policy. Meeting Date: February 17, 2011, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. e.t.
Proposed Collection; Comment Request; National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs
In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Division of Loan Repayment, National Institutes of Health (NIH), will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Proposed Collection: Title: National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection (OMB No. 0925-0361, expiration date 06/30/11). Form Numbers: NIH 2674-1, NIH 2674-2, NIH 2674-3, NIH 2674- 4, NIH 2674-5, NIH 2674-6, NIH 2674-7, NIH 2674-8, NIH 2674-9, NIH 2674-10, NIH 2674-11, NIH 2674-12, NIH 2674-13, NIH 2674-14, NIH 2674- 15, NIH 2674-16, NIH 2674-17, NIH 2674-18, and NIH 2674-19. Need and Use of Information Collection: The NIH makes available financial assistance, in the form of educational loan repayment, to M.D., PhD, Pharm.D., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., D.C., and N.D. degree holders, or the equivalent, who perform biomedical or behavioral research in NIH intramural laboratories or as extramural grantees or scientists funded by domestic nonprofit organizations for a minimum of 2 years (3 years for the General Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP)) in research areas supporting the mission and priorities of the NIH. The AIDS Research LRP (AIDS-LRP) is authorized by section 487A of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) (42 U.S.C. 288-1), and the Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (CR-LRP) is authorized by section 487E (42 U.S.C. 288-5). The General Research LRP (GR-LRP) is authorized by section 487C of the PHS Act (42 U.S.C. 288-3), and the Clinical Research LRP (LRP-CR) is authorized by section 487F (42 U.S.C. 288-5a). The Pediatric Research LRP (PR-LRP) is authorized by section 487F of the PHS Act (42 U.S.C. 288-6), and the Extramural Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (ECR-LRP) is authorized by an amendment to section 487E (42 U.S.C. 288-5). The Contraception and Infertility Research LRP (CIR-LRP) is authorized by section 487B of the PHS Act (42 U.S.C. 288-2), and the Health Disparities Research LRP (HD- LRP) is authorized by section 485G (42 U.S.C. 287c-33). The Loan Repayment Programs can repay up to $35,000 per year toward a participant's extant eligible educational loans, directly to financial institutions. The information proposed for collection will be used by the Division of Loan Repayment to determine an applicant's eligibility for participation in the program. Frequency of Response: Initial application and one- or two-year renewal application. Affected Public: Individuals or households, nonprofits, and businesses or other for-profit. Type of Respondents: Physicians, other scientific or medical personnel, and institutional representatives. The annual reporting burden is as follows:
Findings of Research Misconduct
Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has taken final action in the following case: Meleik Goodwill, Ph.D., Wadsworth Center, N.Y.S. Department of Health: Based on the Wadsworth Center report and the oversight review conducted by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) found that Meleik Goodwill, Ph.D., former postdoctoral fellow, Wadsworth Center, N.Y.S. Department of Health, engaged in research misconduct in research supported by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), grant R21 ES013269-02. Specifically, PHS found that the Respondent engaged in research misconduct by the fabrication of data for growth curves presented in Figure 1 in the 2007 Journal of Neuroimmunology article (Goodwill, M.K., Lawrence, D.A., & Seegal, R.F. ``Polychlorinated biphenyls induce proinflammatory cytokine release and dopaminergic dysfunction: Protection in interleukin-6 knockout mice.'' Journal of Neuroimmunology 183(1-2):125-132, 2007), and by the use of composite images of Western- blot bands from unrelated experiments done in 2005 that were falsely labeled as if from different experiments to construct Figure 4A in the 2007 Journal of Neuroimmunology article. Figure 4B of the article also was falsified by use of identical sets of number for different treatments. The 2007 Journal of Neuroimmunology article was retracted in J. Neuroimmunol. 197(1):197, 2008. Dr. Goodwill has entered into a Voluntary Settlement Agreement in which she has voluntarily agreed, for a period of three (3) years, beginning on January 21, 2011: