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The Particulate Matter (PM) Research Centers Program Advisory Panel of the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) will meet on October 1 and 2, 2008 in Washington, DC to develop comments " ... on the Agency's current PM research centers program and provide advice to EPA concerning future structures and strategic direction for the program ..." - The EPA PM Research Centers are intended to " ... advance scientific understanding of the health effects of PM in the following priority areas: ..." Exposure; Dosimetry and Modeling; Toxicology; and Epidemiology.

Document Title: The title of the July 15, 2008 EPA Federal Register Notice is "Science Advisory Board Staff Office; Notification of Upcoming Meeting of the Science Advisory Board Particulate Matter Research Centers Program Advisory Panel"

Organization: Particulate Matter (PM) Research Centers Program Advisory Panel of the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB)

Summary: The following information is taken from the July 15, 2008 EPA Federal Register Meeting Notice

Background: In 1998, the Congress directed EPA to establish as many as five university-based PM research centers as part of the Agency's expanded Office of Research and Development (ORD) PM research program. The first PM Research Centers were funded from 1999 to 2005 with a total program budget of $8 million annually (see: http://www.epa.gov/ncer/science/pm/centers.html). In the original Request for Applications (RFA), prospective centers were asked to propose an integrated research program on the health effects of PM, including exposure, dosimetry, toxicology and epidemiology. ORD's PM Research Centers program was initially shaped by recommendations from the National Research Council.

In 2002, ORD requested that the Science Advisory Board conduct an interim review of EPA's PM Research Centers program, the report from which is found at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/6374FD2B32EFE730852570CA007415FE/$File/ec02008.pdf (PDF)(38 pp, 239 K, about PDF). This review was instrumental in providing additional guidance to ORD for the second phase of the program (2005-2010). In 2004, ORD held a second competition for the PM Research Centers program. This RFA asked respondents to address the central theme of ``linking health effects to PM sources and components,'' and to focus on the research priorities of susceptibility, biological mechanisms, exposure-response relationships, and source linkages. From this RFA, five current centers are funded for 2005-2010 with the total program budget at $40 million (see: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/outlinks.centers/centerGroup/19).

EPA's National Center for Environmental Research (NCER), within ORD, requested that the SAB Staff Office form an expert panel to comment on the Agency's current PM Research Centers program and to advise EPA concerning the possible structures and strategic direction for the program as ORD considers funding a third round of air pollution research centers into the future, i.e., from 2010 to 2015. Therefore, in response to this request from NCER, the SAB Staff Office published a notice in the Federal Register (73 FR 5838) on January 31, 2008, which announced the formation of an SAB ad hoc panel for this advisory activity and requested public nominations of qualified experts to serve on this panel.

The SAB Staff Office has established the SAB PM Research Centers Program Advisory Panel. This ad hoc Panel is comprised of nationally- and internationally-recognized, non-EPA scientists with extensive research program management expertise and experience related to airborne pollution (including PM) and the application of research results in reducing air pollution in protection of human health and the environment.

For additional information and details go to the EPA Federal Register Meeting Notice.

Source: July 15, 2008 EPA Federal Register Meeting Notice

Web site: The July 15, 2008 EPA Federal Register Meeting Notice is posted at http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-16118.htm

Information about the EPA Particulate Matter Research Centers is posted at http://www.epa.gov/ncer/science/pm/centers.html and http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/outlinks.centers/centerGroup/19

Information about the EPA SAB Particulate Matter Research Centers Program Review Panel is posted at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/WebBOARD/SABAdHocCommitteesandPanels?OpenDocument specifically at http://yosemite.epa.gov/sab/sabproduct.nsf/02ad90b136fc21ef85256eba00436459/b39465fc8185ae5f852573cb006e45a7!OpenDocument&TableRow=2.1#2.

Contact: Administrative questions about the meeting may be directed to Fred Butterfield (Butterfield.Fred@EPA.gov), EPA Science Advisory Board Staff Office at 202 343 9994; fax: 202 233 0643.

Programmatic or technical questions concerning EPA's Airborne Particulate Matter Research Centers Program may be directed to Ms. Stacey Katz (Katz.Stacey@EPA.gov), EPA ORD National Center for Environmental Research at 202 343 9855; or to Ms. Gail Robarge (Robarge.Gail@EPA.gov), NCER, at 202 343 9857; or to Mr. Dan Costa (Costa.Dan@EPA.gov), ORD's National Program Director for Air Research, at 919 541 2532

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