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Dr. Kington Briefs NIH Council of Councils on NIH Priorities

Legislative Update
November 21, 2008

Dr. Kington and Lana Skirboll, Ph.D., who was named on November 4 as the Acting Director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), which is the entity created by the <em>NIH Reform Act of 2006</em> to coordinate  trans-Institute initiatives, including the NIH common fund
Dr. Kington and Lana Skirboll, Ph.D., who was named on November 4 as the Acting Director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), which is the entity created by the NIH Reform Act of 2006 to coordinate trans-Institute initiatives, including the NIH common fund
During November 20 comments to the NIH Council of Councils—the entity created by the NIH Reform Act of 2006 to guide NIH on trans-Institute initiatives funded by the common fund—Acting NIH Director Raynard Kington, M.D., Ph.D., commented on several impending NIH actions.

The Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB)—the entity created by the NIH Reform Act of 2006 to advise on NIH management and structure—will meet initially in January 2009 to determine issues it will address. Dr. Kington predicted that the SMRB would issue a report within a year of the arrival of a new NIH Director, noting that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued its 2003 report entitled Enhancing the Vitality of the NIH about a year after former NIH Director Elias Zerhouni, M.D., was confirmed (NAEVR Board President Dr. Stephen Ryan was a member of the IOM Committee that issued the report).

Dr. Skirboll with Lenworth Johnson, M.D., (Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri/Columbia), who serves as the National Advisory Eye Councilís (NAEC) representative to the Council of Councils. At the meeting, Dr. Johnson reported on an early October 2008 meeting that addressed the science of science management.
Dr. Skirboll with Lenworth Johnson, M.D., (Mason Eye Institute, University of Missouri/Columbia), who serves as the National Advisory Eye Councilís (NAEC) representative to the Council of Councils. At the meeting, Dr. Johnson reported on an early October 2008 meeting that addressed the science of science management.
The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) plans to issue an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit public comment in advance of modifying regulations governing financial conflicts of interest among extramural investigators receiving grant support from NIH. He could not predict timing of issuance of that notice in the Federal Register, especially with the change in Administration. In July 16 testimony before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee, Dr. Zerhouni had commented on extramural research conflict of interest issues. NAEVR will work with ARVO to coordinate a vision community response.

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