Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Trounson on 'Impressive Research' Backed by CIRM

California stem cell agency President Alan Trounson is in Fast Company.

The magazine and online, that is.

Trounson talked about his new job and his old job, along with some general views on science.

Here are some excerpts from the question-and-answer feature by Elizabeth Svoboda in the March issue.
"What are some of the most impressive research that the institute is supporting?"

"For lung diseases like emphysema, we're finding that if you put stem cells into the bloodstream, the cells will be drawn to inflammation in the lung to repair damaged tissue. You can also do repairs on seriously injured hearts. Researchers are showing that colonies of cardiac muscle cells grown from stem cells will integrate quite normally into the hearts of rats and mice."

"The institute has unusual rules for grantees: They must make discoveries available publicly and pay royalties to the state. Why?"

"The citizens of California are funding this research, so it's important for them to be able to access developments at a reasonable rate. It's about enabling research, but it's also about enabling patients to access the benefits."
The article continued:
"What do you hope to contribute to the field for posterity?"

"In a big-picture sense, I want to be up on the mountain looking down on the Serengeti, watching all the animals move through. I want to be remembered for having guided some basic discoveries from the lab to the clinic. If I can help get that process going, I think that's sufficient."

"And how did your family feel about moving?"

"My wife, Karin, is Swedish, and she said, 'Alan, it has taken me 20 years to become an Australian, and you want me to become an American now? I don't think so.' But she came around. The boys think it's pretty cool--the 6-year-old thinks there's Halloween every night in America."
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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Please find out the names of the invited stem cell companies.