Young scientists get $10.7 million in state stem cell grants
BY RUTHANN RICHTER
School of Medicine researchers received $10.7 million on Dec. 12 from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in awards designed to jump-start the careers of young scientists in stem cell research.
Four researchers received multiyear grants of between $2.3 million and $3 million each as part of CIRM's new faculty awards program. The program is designed to foster the next generation of stem cell scientists in California by supporting promising researchers in the early stages of their careers, when funding is often difficult to obtain.
Each institution was restricted to submitting only four names for consideration for these grants, and Stanford was the only institution that received funding for all four.
"This is fantastic news," said Michael Longaker, MD, MBA, deputy director of the Stanford Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and director of the Program in Regenerative Medicine. "The fact that we had all four go into the statewide pool and get funded is an absolute reflection of the outstanding young faculty we have at Stanford."
With the latest round of grants, Stanford's total funding from CIRM amounts to more than $41 million.
In this funding round, CIRM's oversight committee awarded a total of $54 million to 22 scientists at 13 nonprofit institutions. The awards will support a wide array of projects across the entire range of cell types-human and animal, adult and embryonic.
Stanford researchers who were awarded the latest grants include:
CIRM was established in early 2005 after California voters passed Proposition 71. That proposition provided $3 billion over 10 years to fund stem cell research at nonprofit research institutions around the state.