Wednesday, September 05, 2012

USC Loses Appeal on $20 Million Proposal

Directors of the California stem cell agency this evening rejected an application for a $20 million research grant to a team at the University of the Southern California. 

The team, led by Roberta Diaz Brinton, filed an appeal last month in the $200 million disease team round, which first came up for consideration in July. CIRM staff pointed out that normally such appeals are considered at the time the round is first considered by the board.

The vote was split on the application, but actual tally was not announced by the agency following the vote. (Later, at the request of the California Stem Cell Report, a board spokesman said the vote was 4-10 on the 29-member board.)

Brinton and other investigators spoke to the board along with several patient advocates.

(An earlier version of this item did not contain the 4-10 vote.)

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