At least so says a news report from Down Under. According to The Australian newspaper, proposed government funding for stem cell research will be slashed by 50 percent next year.
However, the article said,
“The scientists are hoping negotiations for a potential joint funding deal between the National Health and Medical Research Council and the $3 billion California Institute for Regenerative Medicine will deliver extra cash.Trounson was director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories at Monash University prior to joining CIRM in 2008.
“The California institute, run by Australian stem cell pioneer Alan Trounson, has a joint deal with the Victorian government.
“Speaking from San Francisco, Professor Trounson told The Australian he was hopeful an agreement could be reached.
"'We can fund research together or we can do it independently, but if you do it independently you have to resource these teams adequately,' he said.”
It is not clear how California could legally provide meaningfiul financial assistance to Australian stem cell researchers. CIRM is barred from spending research funds out-of-state, which Trounson apparently refers to in his comment about “independently” funding research.
We are querying CIRM regarding The Australian article, including whether the writer, Andrew Trounson, is related to Alan Trounson.