Wednesday, March 28, 2007

FTCR on Sacbee and Cha

John M. Simpson, stem cell project director of the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumers Rights, sent along the following comment on today's Sacramento Bee editorial on CHA RMI.

"What the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights has said is that there are enough red flags associated with CHA's leadership and corporate affiliations as to warrant a thorough vetting of an application from its researcher.

"Precisely because we raised our concerns, CIRM's staff is now on the record in public in response as promising a thorough review of all applications -- including this one -- before any checks are issued.

"We did our job. The editorial board of the Sacramento Bee did its job. Now it's up to CIRM to do its job."
See the item below on the Bee editorial. Sphere: Related Content


  1. Anonymous2:04 PM

    Simpson should review CIRM's grants administration policy. It specifically calls for an administrative review of all grant applications. CIRM isn't doing anything in response to FTCR. It's following established policy and precedent.

  2. Anonymous should read carefully what I said. I did not say CIRM is doing the review because we raised our concerns about CHA.

    I said that in response to the concerns, "CIRM's staff is now on the public record as promising a thorough review..."

    I don't take credit for getting CIRM to do its job. I, along with others like the Center for Genetics and Society who raised questions, can take credit for a public pledge that the job will be done.

    It's an important distinction and, I submit, an important pledge.

    John M. Simpson