IC Directors' Meeting Highlights
June 19, 2006
I. Human Subjects (HS) Research and Peer Review Outcomes at CSR
Dr. Martin presented an analysis and discussion of CSR peer review outcomes for R01 HS research. For the purposes of this analysis, HS research applications designated Exemption 4 were considered non HS. He then proposed and discussed three issues affecting data on peer review outcomes:
After presenting CSR data and observations based on the CSR data, Dr. Martin concluded that nearly all the differences in peer review outcomes for HS versus non-HS applications at CSR can be accounted for by —
Dr. Martin listed several questions that remain unanswered:
Dr. Martin pointed out that the following issues remain:
He thanked Mr. Dumas, Ms. Lindquist, and Dr. Kotchen, of CSR, and OER staff for their efforts towards this presentation.
In the ensuing discussion, the point was raised that we need to consider HS applications that are reviewed by ICs as well in order to round out the global NIH picture on this issue. Dr. Zerhouni concluded by noting that the CSR information presented was an excellent way to corner the issues regarding RO1 HS applications.
II. Transformation of the Commissioned Corps (Corps)—Part 2
Dr. Wyatt updated the group on the Corps transformation activities that have taken place since ADM John O. Agwunobi, ASH, visited on April 13, 2006. These include the NIH request for all ICs to designate their mission critical officers and the Office Force Readiness and Development request for Corps officers to select from the following response teams for deployment:
On May 5, 2006, the Secretary sent a memorandum to the Heads of Operating and Staff Divisions announcing this tiered response system and directing that all active duty officers except those designated as mission critical should indicate their availability for one of these tiers. The Secretary announced that civilian personnel are requested to respond as well and asked for the support of the Agency Heads and Division supervisors in identifying and releasing responders. Dr. Wyatt noted that 22.8 percent of NIH Officers have signed up for Tier 1 and Tier 2 teams and 26 percent have been designated mission critical. Sixty-six percent are basic ready.
Dr. Wyatt summarized the Secretary’s expectation for the Corps transformation as articulated by the ASH at his previous visit:
He then summarized the observations and recommendations the group made to the ASH at the April 13 meeting, including the concern that requiring Corps only clinical positions would negatively affect NIH operations.
Dr. Wyatt recognized and thanked the NIH Officers who are working on the Transformation Working Groups, mentioned that Dr. Zerhouni will be meeting with the Secretary on transformation issues, and noted that the ASH will return to present to the group on June 8.
The group again discussed the Corps transformation and how it will affect the NIH in its unique status as a research-oriented institution, pointing out the impact of the proposed changes on Clinical Center operations as well as IC operations and budget. Dr. Zerhouni advised the group that the NIH needs to be ready to recruit when the call comes for an increase in Corps members and urged that Directors review any remaining requests of officers to be on the three deployable teams.
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