Release Date:  November 6, 2000 (Revised November 17, 2000)

NOTICE:  HL-01-004

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute will hold a pre-application 
information forum for investigators planning to submit applications in 
response to RFA-HL-01-015, "Comprehensive Sickle Cell Centers."  This meeting 
will provide prospective applicants with an opportunity to receive answers to 
their questions about the intent and requirements of the RFA.  NHLBI staff 
will be available to discuss all aspects of the proposed new program, 
including the cooperative agreement mechanism; the roles of the Steering 
Committee and the Data Safety and Monitoring Committee; the expected 
interactions among funded Centers, between Centers and the Statistics and Data 
Management Center, and the role of NHLBI program staff; development of the 
application; and other appropriate questions.

When available the complete text of the RFA "Comprehensive Sickle Cell 
Centers" will be published in the NIH Guide.

Potential applicants to the RFA are strongly urged to attend this Information 
Forum.  A list of questions asked during the Forum and a written summary of 
the responses from NHLBI staff will be posted following the meeting at

This meeting is open to the public.  To facilitate planning, investigators 
should register to attend the meeting at least one week in advance of the 

The Information Forum will be held at the annual meeting of the American 
Society of Hematology:

Date:     Friday, December 1, 2000
Time:     7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Place:    San Francisco Marriott Hotel, Pacific Suite C
Address:  2 New Montgomery Place, San Francisco, CA 94105-1521

For further information, and to register, please contact:

Greg Evans, Ph.D.
Program Administrator
Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Research Group
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Dr, MSC 7950
Bethesda, MD 20892-7950
Telephone: 301-435-0055
Fax: 301-480-0868

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