Over the last 15 years California’s Stem Cell Agency (CIRM) has turned California into a global leader in stem cell research, funding more than 50 clinical trials in diseases as varied as cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and Sickle Cell Disease. It has created a network of specialized medical centers to deliver those therapies safely to patients and, with the state’s funds, drove leverage of more than $3 billion in matching funds from other sources for California. But CIRM is due to run out of money in the next couple of years so what will happen to stem cell research in California if and when that happens?
At this special event you will hear about the amazing progress that has been made in stem cell research thanks to CIRM funding. You’ll hear from a woman whose infant daughter was cured of a fatal immune-system disorder, from the doctor who developed that treatment and from stem cell champions who are worried what will happen to the most promising research if CIRM no longer exists.