Wednesday, July 20, 2011

August Deadline for Nominations for IOM CIRM Study Panel

The Institute of Medicine has set an Aug. 5 deadline for submitting nominations for the 14-member panel that will evaluate the performance of the $3 billion California stem cell agency.

In its formal announcement(see below), the institute said it is seeking "expertise in (but not limited to) stem cell research, developmental biology, bioethics, research administration, financial structures for biomedical research, program evaluation, economics and finance, business administration, and intellectual property."

The purpose of the $700,000, 17-month inquiry is to determine whether CIRM is "functioning at peak performance" and to develop recommendations for short- and long-term actions to improve its activities.

We asked the IOM study director, Adrienne Stith Butler, to clarify some of the language in the formal request for nominations. She replied, "Service is not limited to those working for government agencies (the last paragraph is intended to take care of confusion that has come up in the past about government employees serving on IOM/NAS(National Academies of Science) committees). Anyone can be nominated if there is no conflict of interest. Generally speaking, employees/board members from the sponsor have a conflict of interest."

Nominations, which can also come from any person, should include a description of the nominee's expertise and contact information. They should be emailed toStith Butler at

Here is the IOM request for nominations, which was sent yesterday to 35 organizations or associations. It was also circulated to the IOM and NAS membership.
IOM Call for Nominations for CIRM Study 7-14-11 Sphere: Related Content

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