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The Burnham Institute Receives Grant from California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

LA JOLLA, Calif. , September 14, 2005

The Burnham Institute announced that it has been awarded a $1,489,640 grant as part of the first round of funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to support a training program to educate stem cell researchers. The Burnham Institute was one of 16 California institutions to receive an award, and one of only three independent, non-profit research institutes.

"The Burnham Institute looks forward to continuing to provide outstanding training for stem cell biologists," said Mark Mercola, Ph.D., professor and director of the stem cell training program at The Burnham. "Support by the State of California is critical for us and other institutions to achieve the potential of regenerative medicine."

The grant will support the training of six postdoctoral fellows at The Burnham Institute over three years in a program that will offer advanced education in stem cell biology and disease, as well as courses in the social, legal and ethical implications of stem cell research.

CIRM was established in 2004 with the passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative by the citizens of California. The ballot initiative provided for $3 billion in bond funding for stem cell research at California’s research institutions and universities and called for the establishment of an entity to make grants and provide loans for stem cell research, research facilities, and other vital research opportunities. The recent grants are the first to be awarded by CIRM for stem cell research in California.

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