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Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem D Congressional Language Establishing the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research, § 285b–7 The following is the congressional language that was part of the 1993 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Revitalization Act, which created the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research. The NIH Revitalization Act became law (P.L. 103-43) on June 10, 1993. Establishment Not later than 1 year after June 10, 1993, the Director of the Institute shall establish the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research (in this section referred to as the “Center”). The Center shall be headed by a director, who shall be appointed by the Director of the Institute. Purpose The general purpose of the Center is— the conduct and support of research, training, health information dissemination, and other activities with respect to sleep disorders, including biological and circadian rhythm research, basic understanding of sleep, chronobiological and other sleep related research; and to coordinate the activities of the Center with similar activities of other Federal agencies, including the other agencies of the National Institutes of Health, and similar activities of other public entities and nonprofit entities. Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall establish a board to be known as the Sleep Disorders Research Advisory Board (in this section referred to as the “Advisory Board”).
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Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem The Advisory Board shall advise, assist, consult with, and make recommendations to the Director of the National Institutes of Health, through the Director of the Institute, and the Director of the Center concerning matters relating to the scientific activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting such activities, including recommendations with respect to the plan required in subsection (c)1 of this section. The Director of the National Institutes of Health shall appoint to the Advisory Board 12 appropriately qualified representatives of the public who are not officers or employees of the Federal Government. Of such members, eight shall be representatives of health and scientific disciplines with respect to sleep disorders and four shall be individuals representing the interests of individuals with or undergoing treatment for sleep disorders. The following officials shall serve as ex officio members of the Advisory Board: The Director of the National Institutes of Health. The Director of the Center. The Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. The Director of the National Institute on Aging. The Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The Director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The Assistant Secretary for Health. The Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs). The Chief Medical Director of the Veterans’ Administration. The members of the Advisory Board shall, from among the members of the Advisory Board, designate an individual to serve as the chair of the Advisory Board. Except as inconsistent with, or inapplicable to, this section, the provisions of section 284a of this title shall apply to the advisory board established under this section in the same manner as such provisions apply to any advisory council established under such section. 1 So in original. Probably should be subsection “(d)”.
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Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem Development of comprehensive research plan; revision After consultation with the Director of the Center and the advisory board established under subsection (c) of this section, the Director of the National Institutes of Health shall develop a comprehensive plan for the conduct and support of sleep disorders research. The plan developed under paragraph (1) shall identify priorities with respect to such research and shall provide for the coordination of such research conducted or supported by the agencies of the National Institutes of Health. The Director of the National Institutes of Health (after consultation with the Director of the Center and the advisory board2 established under subsection (c) of this section) shall revise the plan developed under paragraph (1) as appropriate. Collection and dissemination of information The Director of the Center, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is authorized to coordinate activities with the Department of Transportation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Commerce to collect data, conduct studies, and disseminate public information concerning the impact of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation. 2 So in original. Probably should be capitalized.
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