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Blog Post
2/12/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
A request for money from the California stem cell agency to help fund the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) annual meeting in San Francisco in 2010 as been trimmed to $250,000. In addition the City of San Francisco is waiving $100,000 that would normally be charged for use of the Moscone Center, site of the meeting. Given the...
Blog Post
2/6/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
State Democratic Chairman Art Torres has sent me his statement about his qualifications and goals for the vice chairmanship of the California stem cell oversight board, stressing his "patient advocacy" credentials and outlining his three-part agenda for the position. Former Senator Torres was nominated for the post by fellow Democrats Lt...
Blog Post
2/2/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
California's stem cell board began last week's two-day meeting with a much needed in-depth presentation from the staff on the agency's financial outlook. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) -- like the entire Golden State --  is in dire straits. The grim reality: To merely maintain funding for the grants authorized to...
Blog Post
1/27/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
Noting that the board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has approved 253 research grants totaling more than $635 million, the agency's website home page proudly calls CIRM "the largest source of funding for embryonic and pluripotent stem cell research in the world." Not so fast, I say.  Right now it's...
Blog Post
1/26/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
Back in December leaders of California's stem cell agency were in a big rush to push through a $400,000 grant so the International Society for Stem Cell Research could hold its annual meeting in San Francisco in 2010.  "They need a decision so that they can do their planning, and they can start acknowledging us as a co-sponsor...
Blog Post
1/21/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
The selection of a new vice chairman of California's stem cell board won't take place at next week's meeting in San Francisco as many had expected. State Democratic Chairman Art Torres has been nominated for the position by fellow Democrats Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, Treasurer Bill Lockyer and Controller John Chiang. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger...
News Release
1/12/2009
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Warning Issued to Burnham Institute’s John Reed After Consumer Watchdog Complaint Santa Monica, CA -- California’s ethics commission has found that a member of the state stem cell agency’s oversight board violated ethics rules when he intervened with agency staff members in attempt to win a research grant for his institution, the...
Blog Post
1/9/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
The contest to be the next vice chair of the state stem cell board is heating up with Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) writing a letter endorsing California State Democratic chairman Art Torres for the job. The powerful liberal senator and health care advocate  says Torres' "years of advocacy for medical research and better health care for...
Blog Post
12/24/2008
Posted by John M Simpson
California's stem cell board, the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee (ICOC), was flummoxed again on Tuesday by its super majority requirement. The 29-member board failed to muster a quorum for a special telephonic meeting. Only 15 members phoned in; a quorum is 19. One item was on the agenda: "Consideration of Pre-Application Review...
Blog Post
12/22/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Directors of California's stem cell agency are being asked Tuesday to approve a request for $420,000 so the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) can hold its 2010 annual meeting in San Francisco.  Granting a dime for this would be a flagrant squandering of public money. The request first surfaced at the regular meeting of the...