California’s stem cell agency, CIRM, developed through a voter-approved bond measure in 2004 resulting in $3 billion to fund stem cell research to help cure diseases and disorders, has disclosed that its fund is due to run out before the end of this year. At the same time, there have been no official announcements on the future of CIRM and whether the backers of the agency will attempt to push another bond measure to continue their work.
The agency has enough money to continue supporting all the projects already approved but won’t be able to take on any new projects. To increase its public awareness, on Thurs., May 30th at noon, CIRM will host a Facebook Live session, "Ask the Stem Cell Team About the Future of Stem Cell Research". This event will feature scientist, CIRM Board member and Patient Advocate for Parkinson's disease, Dr. David Higgins; UC Davis stem cell scientist Dr. Paul Knoepfler and CIRM's Director of Communications and Patient Advocate Outreach, Kevin McCormack.
Learn more about this event HERE.