Sunday, February 12, 2006

CIRM-UK Stem Cell Conference Later This Year

The California stem cell agency plans to co-host a joint conference with the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council and CIRM later this year in Great Britain.

Zach Hall, president of CIRM, announced the plans at Friday's Oversight Committee meeting. He said 16 US scientists and 16 UK scientists would convene to discuss stem cell self-renewal and differentiation.

Hall noted that Council is the equivalent to the National Institutes of Health in the United States and that it is unusual for a state organization and a foreign national council to co-host such a conference. The arrangement carries particular weight because the UK is an international leader in stem cell research.

"California has become sort of a surrogate for the U.S. effort on stem cell research," Hall said. The CIRM president credited Stephen Lynn of the British consulate in California with helping to put together the conference.

Lynn is one of the regular attendees at CIRM meetings and keeps close track of its affairs. We also should add that we know of at least several readers of the California Stem Cell Report with UK connections.

Hall said that his agency still must raise funds to uphold its end of the conference.

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