NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 1, January 13, 1995


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  Communicative Disorders, Hearing 



National Institutes of Health

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

(NIDCD), National Institutes of Health, has a requirement to continue

and further develop the NIDCD National Temporal Bone, Hearing and

Balance Pathology Resource Registry that serves as a national

resource for both the public and the biomedical research communities

to promote research on the pathology underlying diseases and

disorders of hearing and balance.  The Registry provides information

and outreach services to the public and to health care practitioners

on the donorship of temporal bone and related brain tissues for

research purposes.  It also serves the biomedical research community

by establishing and maintaining a catalog of currently active and

inactive human temporal bone and brain tissue collections and by

conserving temporal bone and brain collections by brokering the

transfer of tissue specimens from inactive collections to active

research centers.  The Registry enables investigators to identify and

locate all known processed temporal bones and related brain tissue

specimens held in the United States by clinical and histopathologic

diagnoses and by other pertinent data, so that further studies may be

pursued.  Additional contract activities will continue to encourage

the pursuit of research on the diseases and disorders of hearing and

balance, particularly utilizing the newer techniques of antigen

retrieval and DNA extraction, by: disseminating pertinent information

to the auditory and vestibular research communities, developing and

fostering temporal bone professional education activities and

encouraging investigator collaborations in the study of the human

temporal bone and the related brain structures of hearing and

balance.  This acquisition is a recompetition of a contract currently

being performed by the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (contract

number N01-DC-2-2111, September 30, 1992 - September 29, 1995).  A

three-year cost-reimbursement type contract is anticipated.  The

solicitation is scheduled to be issued on or about January 13, 1995.

Proposals will be due 45 days after the date of issuance of the

solicitation.  All responsible sources may submit a proposal which

shall be considered by the Government.


Copies of the solicitation can be obtained by sending a written

request to the Contracting Officer at the following address:

John P. DeCenzo

Research Contracts Branch, DCG/OD

National Institutes of Health

6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 6E01 MSC 7540

Bethesda, MD  20892-7540

Telephone:  (301) 496-4487


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