panels and small workshops to assess specific fields or asking independent agencies outside NIH to convene working groups to provide reports like this one.

To aid NCRR in setting priorities, the committee suggests the following criteria for assigning high priority to models and model support systems:

  1. The model is appropriate for its intended use(s).

    1. A specific disease model faithfully mimics the human disease.

    2. A model system is appropriate for the human system being modeled.

  1. The model can be developed, maintained, and provided at reasonable cost.

  2. The model is of value to several scientists or for multiple purposes.

  3. The model is reproducible and reliable, so results can be confirmed.

  4. The model is reasonably available and accessible.

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