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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR; both Atlanta), reported plans to develop the first agency-wide research agenda. The CDC said it would hold meetings in four locations throughout the country to get public input.

The new agenda would set the overall course for research conducted within the agency and by external grantees and partners, including identifying areas in which the CDC should coordinate with other partners in protecting the nation's health, expanding research funding, and improving public health interventions, according to a CDC statement.

"The primary objective of CDC's research agenda will be to address the agency's health protection goals and priorities," said Robert Spengler, director of the Office of Public Health Research at CDC. "We envision a CDC-wide research agenda that can coordinate, support and promote the collective research that the agency conducts or supports."

The CDC currently spends about $31 million for the protection research initiative. Last year $21.7 million was allocated through 57 grants to promote and support research initiatives in various areas.

Spengler said public contribution would be "vital" to the program's content development. Registration is required for the meetings, scheduled for:

  • Today at the Hilton Crystal City Hotel at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia.
  • March 18 at the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Registration is open now.
  • March 24 at the Crowne Plaza in Seattle. Registration begins March 11.
  • March 31 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio. Registration begins March 18.

To register, visit www.maximumtechnology.com/cdcreg.htm or call (404) 498-0132.

The CDC expects the draft of the agenda to be available for public comment in June and completed by August.