Arlene Chiu, the interim chief scientific officer at the linkurl:California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; , has announced that she will step down from her post at the end of October. In a CIRM statement Chiu writes that she'll be moving from San Francisco, where CIRM is headquartered to her home in Los Angeles to "pursue new professional directions." Chiu will serve as a consultant to the agency through April 2008, advising newly chosen interim president linkurl:Richard Murphy; , recruiting individuals to CIRM's scientific team and helping craft CIRM's 2008 scientific agenda. Chiu's announcement comes amidst criticism from some that California's stem cell agency, which was tasked in 2004 with doling out $3 billion in state funds to support stem cell research, is dragging its feet in finding a permanent president since linkurl:Zach Hall; , CIRM's last permanent president, announced his retirement last December and left the institute in April. "I...

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