Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Action Stalled on $5.9 Million CIRM Grant to Recruit Duke Scientist

The California stem cell agency today called an abrupt halt to scheduled approval of a $5.9 million grant to lure a Duke University cancer stem cell researcher to the Sanford-Burnham Institute in La Jolla, Ca.

No reason was immediately offered for the removal of the grant application from the agenda today of the CIRM directors. James Harrison, outside counsel for CIRM, said in an email,
“This item will not be considered at this meeting.”
The CIRM governing board was expected to approve the funding for Robert Wechsler-Reya at their two-day meeting in the Los Angeles area. It would have been the first grant in a $44 million, two-year program to assist California institutions in recruiting top scientists.
Wechsler-Reya and his spouse, Tannishtha Reya, also a Duke stem cell scientist, are both being courted by the Sanford-Burnham.

We are seeking more explanation from CIRM and comment from Wechsler-Reya.

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