[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 10 (Tuesday, January 17, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 2298]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-650]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES


Public Meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of 
Bioethical Issues

AGENCY: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Presidential 
Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, Department of Health and 
Human Services.

ACTION: Notice of meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues 
will conduct its eighth meeting in February. At this meeting, the 
Commission will discuss issues of privacy and access related to human 
genome sequence data. The Commission will also be discussing 
neuroscience and related ethical issues.

DATES: The meeting will take place February 2, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 
approximately 5:15 p.m. and on February 3, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 
approximately 12 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Millberry Union, University of California, San Francisco, 
500 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, (415) 476-2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hillary Wicai Viers, Communications 
Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 
1425 New York Avenue NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone: 
(202) 233-3960. Email: Hillary.Viers@bioethics.gov. Additional 
information may be obtained at http://www.bioethics.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act of 1972, Public Law 92-463, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, notice is hereby given 
of the eighth meeting of the Presidential Commission for the Study of 
Bioethical Issues (the Commission). The meeting will be held from 9 
a.m. to approximately 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2012, and from 
9 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m. on Friday, February 3, 2012, in San 
Francisco, California. The meeting will be open to the public with 
attendance limited to space available. The meeting will also be webcast 
at http://www.bioethics.gov. Under authority of Executive Order 13521, 
dated November 24, 2009, the President established the Commission. The 
Commission is an advisory panel of the nation's leaders in medicine, 
science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering. The Commission advises 
the President on bioethical issues arising from advances in biomedicine 
and related areas of science and technology. The Commission seeks to 
identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific 
research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are 
conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner. The main 
agenda item for the Commission's eighth meeting is to discuss issues of 
privacy and access related to human genome sequence data. The 
Commission will also be discussing neuroscience and related ethical 
issues. The draft meeting agenda and other information about PCSBI, 
including information about access to the webcast, will be available at 
http://www.bioethics.gov. The Commission welcomes input from anyone 
wishing to provide public comment on any issue before it. Respectful 
debate of opposing views and active participation by citizens in public 
exchange of ideas can enhance decisions that are reached and the 
overall public understanding of them. The Commission is particularly 
interested in receiving comments and questions during the meeting that 
are responsive to specific sessions. Written comments will be accepted 
at the registration desk and comment forms will be provided for members 
of the public to write down questions and comments for the Commission 
as they arise. To accommodate as many individuals as possible, the time 
for each question or comment may be limited. If the number of 
individuals wishing to pose a question or make a comment is greater 
than can reasonably be accommodated during the scheduled meeting, the 
Commission may make a random selection. Anyone planning to attend the 
meeting who needs special assistance, such as sign language 
interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify Esther 
Yoo by telephone at (202) 233-3960, or email at 
Esther.Yoo@bioethics.gov in advance of the meeting. The Commission will 
make every effort to accommodate persons who need special assistance. 
Written comments will also be accepted in advance of the meeting and 
are especially welcome. Please address written comments by email to 
info@bioethics.gov, or by mail to the following address: Public 
Commentary, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, 
1425 New York Ave. NW., Suite C-100, Washington, DC 20005. Comments 
will be publicly available, including any personally identifiable or 
confidential business information that they contain. Trade secrets 
should not be submitted.

    Dated: January 6, 2012.
Valerie H. Bonham,
Executive Director, Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical 
Issues.
[FR Doc. 2012-650 Filed 1-13-12; 8:45 am]
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