Thursday, March 26, 2015

California Okays $1.7 Million for Alzheimer's Treatment

Directors of the California stem cell agency today all but approved a $1.7 million award to a Salk researcher to develop a therapy that would alter the progression of Alzheimer's Disease.

The action came on a 11-1-1 vote.

Researcher David Schubert of the Salk Institute appealed to the board to overturn rejection of the proposal by reviewers and CIRM staff.  Schubert was told that the application needed to be improved.

Schubert appeared before the board today and sent a letter to the board earlier this month. He said the proposed treatment was “highly effective at reversing the memory deficits” in mice. His proposal, he said, could move very quickly into clinical trials under new federal regulations.

The vote came on a motion to move the application into a category that will be approved by the full board later today. 

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