Thursday, March 10, 2011

CIRM Board Reverses Initial Rejection on $1.8 Million Grant

A UCLA stem cell researcher today won approval of an $1.8 million grant when directors of the California stem cell agency overturned an initial, negative decision by grant reviewers.

The proposal by Martin G. Martin deals with inherited diarrheal disorders. In January, Martin appealed the rejection by reviewers, and the board sent the proposal back to the grant panel. CIRM staff reported that reviewers changed their position in light of additional information.

The board recently altered its appeals procedures to facilitate sending applications back to reviewers when directors need more information when acting on appeals.

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