The International Stem Cell Highway

Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) is aggressively recruiting researchers for its new Center for Developmental Biology, including scientists who want to work with human embryonic stem cells. The Japanese government has pledged to provide a budget of $48 million (US) per year to the center, which aims to recruit 30 research teams staffed with 250 scientists. Currently the center has 25 research teams, including a laboratory for stem cell biology, and a stem cell organog

Sep 2, 2002
Paula Park

Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) is aggressively recruiting researchers for its new Center for Developmental Biology, including scientists who want to work with human embryonic stem cells. The Japanese government has pledged to provide a budget of $48 million (US) per year to the center, which aims to recruit 30 research teams staffed with 250 scientists. Currently the center has 25 research teams, including a laboratory for stem cell biology, and a stem cell organogenesis team.

In the United States, where President George W. Bush allowed federal funding for research on only 60 stem cell lines existing in 2001, a private philanthropist has challenged others to step up the research. Intel Chairman Andy Grove has donated $5 million to a matching fund to finance a new embryonic stem cell program at the University of California, San Francisco. The following agencies and organizations provide grants for stem cell research:

  • Medical Research Council,
    United Kingdom
    Subject: Stem cell studentship
    Deadline: November 2003
    Contact: Anthony Shaw
    +44 (0) 20 7636 5422
    students@headoffice.mrc.ac.uk
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Subject: Plasticity of human stem cells in the nervous system
    Deadline: Oct. 1, 2002
    Contact: Arlene Chiu
    (301) 496-1447
    chiua@ninds.nih.gov
  • Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
    Subject: Cure, treatment and prevention of diabetes through stem cell therapy
    Deadline: Feb. 1, 2003
    Contact: Daniel Jang
    (212) 479-7569
    djang@jdrf.org

--Hal Cohen, Paula Park

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