Friday, February 13, 2009

CIRM/ISSCR Convention Proposal Reduced to $250,000

CIRM directors balked last year at coughing up $400,000 for the 2010 convention of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, but now the figure has been trimmed to $250,000.

John M. Simpson
, stem cell project director for Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica, Ca., reported the new figure on his organization's blog. He said that CIRM has agreed to help the group raise the additional $150,000 for the San Francisco meeting.

But Simpson wrote,
"That's a mistake.  CIRM should focus with laser-like precision  on where its getting the money to fund existing grant commitments. This sort fund raising effort -- just like hiring a proposed lobbyist in Washington for roughly $200K --  is an unfortunate and unnecessary distraction."
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