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Program Reviews and Site Visit Support

AIBS SPARS organizes program reviews, often involving site visits, for a number of our clients. A program review helps the client agency assess its research programs, in an effort to ensure that research programs reflect the state-of-the-art in the targeted field. AIBS SPARS recruits expert reviewers in the selected research field(s), makes all arrangements for the review meeting, and hosts the meeting, where scientists and program officials have the opportunity to present their individual research projects and research programs. Reviewers offer immediate feedback, then AIBS SPARS develops a review report that is delivered to the client. In many cases, reviews include a site visit to the organization's research facilities. AIBS SPARS offers a full range of support services for arranging and facilitating productive site visits.

Panel Program Reviews

Air Force Research Laboratory Biosciences and Protection Division Research Programs - 2005-2006

Two site visits took place in 2006, both at Brooks City Base. These reviews, which covered a wide range of topics, were separated into two separate panels, Biobehavioral Performance and Extreme Environments Protection, which met in subsequent fashion during the same week. These reviews were structured similarly to the program reviews for USAMRMC, with panel sizes ranging from 3 to 5 reviewers.

Year 2006
Program Air Force Research Laboratory Biosciences and Protection Division Research Programs
Peer Review Panels Convened 2
Report Delivered to AFRL Within 2 months of on-site meeting
Panel Areas
  • Sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Fatigue Countermeasures
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Operational Alertness
  • Individual Performance
  • Team Performance
  • Computational Modeling
  • Nutriceutical Development
  • Oxygen Generation Systems
  • Acceleration and Altitude Protection
  • Neck Protection

Alaska Sea Life Center Steller Sea Lion Research Program Review 2005

On November 9-11, 2005, AIBS SPARS organized an on-site program review in Seward, Alaska, of the Alaska Sea Life Center's (ASLC's) Steller Sea Lion Research Program. The AIBS staff recruited four reviewers whose expertise comprised marine mammal population dynamics, marine mammal management, coastal marine mammal ecology, marine mammal physiology, and instrumentation to track these animals at sea.

Year 2005
Program Alaska Sea Life Center Steller Sea Lion Research Program
Task Areas Reviewed 8
Peer Review Panels Convened 1
Report Delivered to ASLC January, 27, 2006
Task Areas
  • Nutritional Status
  • Steller Sea Lion Demography and Behavior
  • Transient Juvenile Sea Lion Research
  • Contaminants, Endocrine and Immune Function
  • Predator and Prey Studies
  • Instrument Development
  • International Studies
  • Reproductive Biology

Military Operational Medicine Research Program Reviews-2003 to Present

Since 1996, AIBS SPARS has organized 35 program reviews, including site visits, for the Military Operational Medicine Research Program. In 2006, we managed 2 reviews. The diversity of subject matter, which has included human thermal physiology, wake/rest performance, and inhalation injury and toxicology models, underscores the ability of AIBS staff to recruit multidisciplinary expertise and manage the logistics of multi-site panel meetings.

Program Military Operational Medicine Research Program 2006
Research Programs Reviewed 2
Peer Review Panels Convened 2
Reports Delivered to USAMRMC Within 60 days of site visits
Panel Areas
  • Military Nutrition Research
  • Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling
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Scientists Review Peer Review


You and your colleagues at AIBS did an absolutely first rate job in running this review.

— Tinnitus Review, 2011

The review panel was thorough, fair and comprehensive.

— Tinnitus Review, 2011

It was remarkable and very different from traditional NIH study sections.

— CDC Reviewer, 2011

You did a great job putting together a wonderful panel: knowledgeable and passionate with their work, ready to go an extra mile to help new investigators in Africa.

— CDC Reviewer, 2011

We always benefit from critical review of works in our field-it makes us better writers - it points out where confusion and inconsistencies make scientific writing hard to understand or follow. It is always a good thing to critically review others' work!

— Raptor Biologist, 2011

With face-to-face reviews, I meet other scientists with interests and knowledge different than my own, which provides me a resource for my own work.

— Cell Biology NYStem reviewer 2010

I enjoy the discussion and learn from the expertise of other scientists. I also benefit by preparing better grants.

— Hematologist/Oncologist, NYStem reviewer 2010