Monday, January 26, 2009

ISSCR , $400,000 and CIRM

Remember the request that the California stem cell agency pony up $400,000 to support next year's annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research in San Francisco?

It ran into some rocky sledding at the CIRM directors' meeting last month. Some of us had expected it to come back at the board meeting later this week.

But no. John M. Simpson, stem cell project director for Consumer Watchdog of Santa Monica, Ca., today wrote about last month's robust discussion of the request and has put together an explanation for the delay on his organization's blog. He quoted CIRM spokesman Don Gibbons as saying,
"We are examining other possible alternatives for the ISSCR meeting and will bring the issue back at a later date."
We were also wondering about the matter and last week separately queried scientist Irv Weissman of Stanford, incoming president of the society. He replied,
"I have no idea what is or is not on the ICOC (CIRM directors) agenda. I sure hope CIRM will assist the ISSCR convention, but I am not really knowledgeable what they can or cannot fund. I trust them to do the right thing. Irv Weissman, speaking for himself."

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