New York colleges propose stem cell fund

Feb 08, 2006

Leaders of New York's major research universities and institutions are urging state lawmakers quickly establish a fund to support stem cell research.

Presidents and chancellors representing 17 New York state universities and institutions -- all with substantial biomedical and life sciences research programs -- Tuesday released a comprehensive analysis of scientific, therapeutic and economic issues and their implications for the state's biomedical research community and economy.

"Recognizing the enormous potential of stem cells, Mount Sinai School of Medicine has, with a generous philanthropic gift, created the Black Family Stem Cell Institute to establish a world-class research program in stem cell biology and medicine," said Dr. Kenneth Davis, president of the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

"If New York is to be counted among the elite group of leaders in biomedical research in the years to come, a large-scale, centralized effort is needed today or we risk losing our intellectual capital, and, thus, our potential," said Davis

Federal funding restrictions on such research have prompted several states to establish state-based research funds. California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland are among states that have or are in the process of establishing similar funds.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: How were fossil tracks made by Early Triassic swimming reptiles so well preserved?

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

First contracting human muscle grown in laboratory

Jan 13, 2015

In a laboratory first, Duke researchers have grown human skeletal muscle that contracts and responds just like native tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals.

Recommended for you

Predicting human crowds with statistical physics

Feb 27, 2015

For the first time researchers have directly measured a general law of how pedestrians interact in a crowd. This law can be used to create realistic crowds in virtual reality games and to make public spaces safer.

Bribery 'hits 1.6 billion people a year'

Feb 27, 2015

A total of 1.6 billion people worldwide – nearly a quarter of the global population – are forced to pay bribes to gain access to everyday public services, according to a new book by academics at the Universities of Birmingham ...

Broken windows thesis springs a leak

Feb 27, 2015

The broken windows theory posits that minor misdemeanors, like littering or graffiti spraying, stimulate more serious anti-social behavior. LMU sociologists now argue that the idea is flawed and does not ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.