Wednesday, October 01, 2014

UC Irvine Mounts a New Stem Cell Research Blog

Randal Berg
UCI photo
California has just scored with another stem cell research blog – this one from UC Irvine and produced by Randal Berg.

Stem cell research blogs are scarce. The only other one we know of in California is written by Paul Knoepfler at UC Davis. Of course, there is the blog of the $3 billion California stem cell agency, which is more of an institutional product. 

Irvine’s Berg wrote his inaugural piece Tuesday, introducing himself and the new blogging effort at Orange County campus, which has received $97.5 million from the stem cell agency.

Berg is chief administrative officer of the UC Irvine Stem Cell Research Center.  As such, it is a fair guess that his blog will not reflect an idiosyncratic point of view. 

Berg’s item dealt with some upcoming events and developments at Irvine. One is an appearance by Randy Mills, the new president of the $3 billion California stem cell agency, on Oct. 8, which is the agency’s Stem Cell Awareness Day.

Berg also said his organization is “eagerly anticipating” the results of the agency’s closed door review of applications in its $65 million Alpha clinic program. Directors of the agency are expected to publicly approve up to five applicants later this year.

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this item did not contain a mention of the stem cell agency's blog.)

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