NIH Scientific Management Review Board Meeting Agenda

The NIH Office of the Director has created a new website for the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB), and one of the topics of discussion will be whether or not the SMRB should take up the question of a potential merger of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

The NIH Office of the Director has created a new website for the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB). As noted in the February issue of SPIN, the first meeting will be held on April 27-28, and one of the topics of discussion will be whether or not the SMRB should take up the question of a potential merger of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).  The draft agenda for the meeting has been posted and indicates that following introductions and various “housekeeping” requirements, the group will receive a historical briefing led by Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). Afternoon presentations will then review the 2003 report, “Enhancing the Viatality of the National Institutes of Health: Organizational Change to Meet the New Challenges,” and provide perspectives on science and the structure of the NIH from former NIH Directors Harold Varmus, MD and Elias Zerhouni, MD.  The next morning, presentations on the evolution, structure and function of NIAAA and NIDA will be led by Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, Acting Deputy Director NIH, Ken Warren, PhD, Acting Director, NIAAA, and Nora Volkow, MD, Director, NIDA.  Following SMRB discussion, there will be an opportunity for public comment.  An afternoon session will focus on a review of the NIH Intramural Research Program and Clinical Research Center.