CIRM Approves One Year Extension for Bridges to Stem Cell Research Program



On October 23, 2014, the ICOC for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine approved a one-year non-competitive extension for the Bridges to Stem Cell Research program. The Bridges program offers research and training opportunities for undergraduate or Master’s level students representing the diversity of California’s population. This program is also designed to develop a skilled workforce for stem cell research in California. This extension was approved in order to provide for continued success without a break in the existing programs at sixteen campuses in the CSU system.

At this point the program has trained over 780 students in the 16 programs statewide and trainees have worked in over 300 labs at 46 host institutions. Due to these statistics, the vote for continuous support of the program was unanimous. After the vote, one ICOC member said that the list of employees alone proved the Bridges Program is effective and accomplishing its goals.

San Diego State University has trained 52 students, who are now working in academics or biotech laboratories or attending graduate school in the field of regenerative medicine. We are looking forward to another fully funded year. To date, SDSU has been awarded over $1,800,000 for the six years of our Stem Cell Internship Program. We expect to receive approximately $620,000 for our seventh cohort. These funds provide stipends and tuition for the interns, as well as lab supplies and travel to scientific meetings. We are also hoping to be able to apply for further funds (for another 2-3 years) later this year, when the ICOC discusses a revised competitive request for proposals.



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