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Six new clinical centers dedicated to researching Parkinson’s disease will be opened by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi made the announcement in February. The Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical centers will be located in Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, OR, and Richmond, VA. Each center will conduct research in biomedicine, rehabilitation, health services delivery, and clinical trials. One study will involve assessing the surgical implementation of deep brain stimulators in reducing the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s.
"I believe the overwhelming response the VA received to this proposal from its research and clinical community reflects its need to provide hope to the 20,000 veterans they treat each year with this condition," says Rep. Lane Evans (D-IL), himself a veteran with the disease.
• National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee meeting — April 9-10, 2001. The National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee meetings address a wide spectrum of issues regarding research involving human subjects. These meetings are scheduled quarterly. For more information, contact: Kate-Louise Gottfried, JD, MSPH, Executive Director, Office for Human Research Protections, Office of Public Health and Science, OS, 6100 Executive Blvd., Room 3B01, MSC 7507, Rockville, MD 20892-7507. Telephone: (301) 496-7005. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
• FDA and OHRP GCP and Human Research Protections Policies, Regulations, and Guidelines for Clinical Research Professionals Workshop — April 23-24, 2001. Washington, DC. Sponsored by Society of Clinical Research Associates. For more information, contact: Cheryl Jacobs, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Telephone: (901) 522-9733. Toll-free: (800) 877-5833.
• Current Human Research Issues & Solutions: Regulatory Overview — June 21-22, 2001. Charleston, SC. An Office for Human Research Protection Workshop will be presented at the Medical University of South Carolina. For more information, contact: Darlene Marie Ross, Education Coordinator, Office for Human Research Protections, 6100 Executive Blvd., Suite 3B01, MSC 7507, Rockville, MD 20892-7507. Telephone: (301) 435-5648. Fax: (301) 402-4256. E-mail: email@example.com.