Monday, May 30, 2011

IOM Study of CIRM: Panel to be Appointed in Fall

The Institute of Medicine study of the $3 billion California stem cell agency begins in July but the full IOM committee is not expected to be appointed until next fall.

Responding to an inquiry from the California Stem Cell Report, Adrienne Stith Butler, study director for the $700,000 CIRM-financed project, said that the IOM will make information about the process available on the Internet in July. She said,
"There will be two sources of information about the project - the IOM website and the National Academies website. Once the committee is appointed and the study begins we will distribute information about the meetings through a list serve (sign up will be on the study's IOM page, which will be posted once the study begins). In addition, information about meetings and opportunities for public comments will be available through the National Academies Current Projects System (this is a separate system from the IOM page).

"Once we begin in July, you can find information on the IOM site at The Current Projects System posts the study once the committee is appointed (which will probably be early fall). That system can be accessed at"
Stith Butler replaces Cathy Liverman as the study director on the project. Liverman was involved in the preparation of the original proposal to CIRM.

Previously, Stith Butler served as study director for the IOM report, "Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism: A Public Health Strategy." She served as a staff officer for the IOM reports, 'In the Nation’s Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health-Care Workforce" and "Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care."  She also participated in The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health.

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