initiated under the new appropriation of the Pennington military nutrition research program.
Prior to the meeting, the CMNR reviewed: (1) the preproposal requesting funding for the continuation of the agreement between PBRC and USARIEM for 5 years beginning April 1, 1997 for military nutrition studies at the PBRC and background materials; (2) the Pennington Biomedical Research Center Annual Reports for 1991 and 1996 submitted by the principal investigator Donna H. Ryan to the Army; and (3) past CMNR reviews of PBRC activities in the form of letter reports.
The Committee on Military Nutrition Research's activity during this site visit included (1) hearing presentations by PBRC staff members on the progress of current research efforts and proposals for research to be initiated under the new appropriation to the PBRC military nutrition research program; (2) discussing the progress and proposals in a closed session of CMNR members with the Army sponsor; (3) evaluating the progress and proposed activity in an executive session of committee members; and (4) developing a brief report to the Army stating the committee's conclusions and recommendations.
Subsequent to approval of the final draft by the CMNR, this report was reviewed in confidence by a separate anonymous scientific review group. The CMNR evaluated the anonymous comments of these reviewers and incorporated their suggestions where appropriate. This report is thus a thoughtfully developed presentation that incorporates the scientific opinion of the Committee on Military Nutrition Research and the anonymous National Research Council reviewers.