NIH Press Release
Office of the Director, NIH

Friday, October 15, 1999
Contact: Marc Stern
(301) 496-2535


To: Science and Health Reporters
Event: NIH Director's Council of Public Representatives (COPR) Second meeting
Chair: Harold Varmus, M.D., Director, NIH
Date/time: Thursday, October 21, 1999 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Place: National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD Building 31, C Wing, 6th Floor, Conference Room 10

The COPR meeting is open to the public, subject to space available. There will be overflow accommodations for watching a video feed in Conference Room 7C just down the hall from the meeting room. The session will also be broadcast on the Internet for public viewing. Viewers should go to:

The COPR is a forum for discussing issues affecting the broad development of NIH policy, programs, and research goals, and advises the NIH Director on these matters. The Council also advises and assists the NIH in enhancing participation by the public in NIH activities, increasing public understanding of the NIH, and bringing important matters of public interest forward for discussion in public settings.

Topics proposed for discussion at the second meeting include: models of public participation in NIH activities, National Cancer Institute research programs related to health disparities, PubMed Central, NIH international research, and privacy and research records. A draft meeting agenda can be found at:

Biographies of current Council members are available at