Thursday, January 18, 2007
Funding Resources for Stem Cell Research in US
- NIH On August 9th, 2001, President George W. Bush announced that federal funds may be awarded for research using human embryonic stem cells, but scientists must use the stem cell lines listed on the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry.
- State funding for stem cell research:
- California voters approved state funding for stem cell research on Nov. 2, 2004, which will provide $3 billion for 10 years. California Institute for Regenerative Medicine was established as a state agency to distribute the funds. However, legal issues may take months to be solved before the major grants can be released.
- New Jersey began to award public funds for stem cell research since 2005. The state allocated $150 million to build a stem cell research center-Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey, and will invest another $230 million toward stem cell research.
- Massachusetts passed a law to support stem cell research, but without providing funding.
- Connecticut will pour $100 million over 10 years into the stem cell research.
- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich provided $10 million for stem cell research in July 2005 and established the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute.
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