Thursday, July 23, 2015

California Stem Cell Agency Ends Today's Session

OAKLAND, Ca. -- Today's meeting of the governing board of the California stem cell agency has concluded. We will have more on its proceedings during the next few days. Here is a link to the agency's press release on the meeting. It identifies the other recipient of an award ($8.5 million) made today as Mehrdad Abedi of UC Davis. Donald Kohn of UCLA received the other award ($7.4 million). 

Concerning the changes in the basic research and translation award programs, the press release said,,
"By scheduling both the Discovery and Translational awards more regularly CIRM is creating a system that helps move the most promising projects along a pipeline and also provides predictability to the grant system, making it easier for researchers to know when they can apply for funding.
"The stem cell agency estimates that each year there will be up to 50 Discovery awards worth a total of $53 million; 12 Translation awards worth a total of $40 million; and 12 clinical awards worth around $100 million."

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:28 PM

    Funding stem cell research has never been CIRM priority, nothing new the only thing missing in CIRM awards is stem cell research, some professors all right, some CIRM conflict of interest all right. The more CIRM switch its directors, the less stem cell research gets awarded, only replace old interests with new conflicts. Strange even CA state never bother to check if CIRM use the bond for stem cell research or not. It seems David previous blogs about CIRM chair’s relationship with CA gov and bond sell have some basis, not just speculation.