The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) announced that 12 of 17 California institutions were approved on Jan. 16 for the first application phase of the Major Facility Grants program, and were recommended to advance to the final phase of the application process for a state-of-the-art stem-cell institute. UC Irvine ranked third among institutes including Stanford, the San Diego Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, the Buck Institute for Age Research and six other UC schools.
CIRM was established in 2005 by Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, and is a state agency that provides grants and loans for stem-cell research throughout California. Sue Bryant, vice chancellor of research at UCI, explained the process of stem-cell funding.
‘Due to [President George W. Bush’s] proclamation in August 2001 that forbade the use of federal funds to make or carry out research on new human embryonic stem-cell lines