I'm keeping my fingers crossed that there are other people with AIDS and/or non-AIDS Inc types at this important meeting tomorrow. This advisory council is in desperate need of hearing directly from people living with HIV and advocates not part of the AIDS establishment.
That being said, no matter who is there from the general public, those individuals will be providing two very necessary components to HIV research at the NIH - transparency and accountability. Hope to see you at the meeting.
From the Federal Register announcement:
National Institutes of Health
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health; Notice of Meeting
Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.
The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.
Name of Committee: Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council.
Date: April 19, 2007.
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Agenda: The meeting will focus on HIV-related Complications including Malignancies, Cardiovascular Disease, and Metabolic Complications. An update will be provided on the OARAC Working Groups for Treatment and Prevention Guidelines.
Place: National Institutes of Health, 5635 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852.
Contact Person: Christina Brackna, Coordinator, Program Planning and Analysis, Office of Aids Research, Office of the Director, NIH, 5635 Fishers Lane MSC 9310, Suite 4000, Rockville, MD 20852, (301) 402-8655, email@example.com.
Any member of the public interested in presenting oral comments to the committee may notify the Contact Person listed on this notice at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. Interested individuals and representatives of organizations may submit a letter of intent, a brief description of the organization represented, and a short
description of the oral presentation. Only one representative of an organization may be allowed to present oral comments and if accepted by the committee, presentations may be limited to five minutes. Both printed and electronic copies are requested for the record. In addition, any interested person may file written comments with the
committee by forwarding their 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.
Information is also available on the Institute's Center's home page: http://www.ni.gov/od/oar/index.htm, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.