Summary: S.579 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (04/03/2008)

Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2007 - Amends the Public Health Service Act to require the Secretary of Health and Human Services, acting through the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to make grants to public or nonprofit private entities to conduct collaborative multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research on environmental factors that may be related to the etiology of breast cancer. Requires grantees to: (1) include community organizations representing a broad geographical area; (2) be a consortium of cooperating institutions and community groups; and (3) be supported under this Act for a period of not more than five years, with additional periods allowed after review and recommendation.

Requires the Secretary to establish a Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Panel to: (1) develop a comprehensive research strategy for collaborative research; (2) make recommendations with respect to the mechanisms, peer review criteria, and allocations under this Act; (3) assist in the overall program evaluations; and (4) make recommendations for the dissemination of information on program process.

Requires the Director of NIH to provide for coordination of information among, and an equitable geographical distribution of, grantees.

Provides that nothing in this Act shall be construed to interfere with the technical and scientific peer review process at NIH.

Authorizes appropriations for FY2008-FY2012.