NIH Response to Muchnick FOIA Request for Public Records of ImPACT Founder Mark Lovell

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Below is most of the letter I just received from Earl H. Blansfield, freedom of information coordinator at the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Bethesda, Maryland. Earlier, Blansfield had clarified for me that we are talking about a single grant application plus annual progress reports. NIH has given my request the case number 39418.


Dear Mr. Muchnick:

This acknowledges your November 7, 2011 Freedom of Information Act request addressed to John McGrath. You requested a copy of grant applications 5R01HD042386-02, -03, -04, and -05 (amended to include year 01), “FMRI and Sports-Related Concussion,” awarded to Dr. Mark Lovell by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

We will send you all material consistent with the exemptions recognized by the FOIA. It is Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) policy to expunge social security numbers, EIN numbers, birth dates, percentage of effort, institutional base salary, source of private support, pending support, and any patentable material wherever they appear throughout the grant material.[…]

We are asking the grantee to advise this office if release of the material you requested will adversely affect any patent rights or reveal other confidential commercial or financial information. Subsequent to receipt of such advice this office will make a decision regarding releaseability. We will do everything possible to comply with your request in a timely manner.[…]

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