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April 2009


Connecticut Emerging As Stem Cell Power
Stem Cell Research Vital Driver of CT Bioscience
CellDesign Presents at CURE/Yale BioHaven
CURE Member News Digest

Stem Cell Research Vital Driver of CT Bioscience

    On March 31 the State of Connecticut Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee directed an additional $9.8 million in stem cell research funds, the third installment of grants from a Stem Cell Research Fund pledged to provide $100 million in funding over 10 years. Click here for official press release.

The awards came just one week after StemCONN 09, an international symposium, brought scientists from around Connecticut, the United States, and the world to New Haven to discuss the latest stem cell research findings.

"Bioscience is a driver of Connecticut’s current economy, and stem cell research is a driver of Connecticut’s current bioscience," said Paul Pescatello, president and CEO of CURE, in a press release issued at the symposium.

"The State’s decision to make a proactive commitment to stem cell research is proving to have been very wise indeed," Pescatello said. Click here for CURE press release.

More than 630 registrants attended the two-day symposium. A scientific poster session on the second day attracted more than 70 posters.

Other popular sessions included panels on bioethics and the translation of stem cell research into clinical therapies, as well as a general session on Connecticut’s progress and scientific programs supported and developed by Applied Biosystems, CellDesign, and United Kingdom Science and Innovation.

The scientific presentations on the second day were introduced by Robert J. Alpern, M.D., Dean of the Yale School of Medicine, and Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.

(The audio of the Translation to Clinic Workshop was recorded and is available for download here as two MP3 files:
1: Presentation (7.8mb)
2: Q&A (5.6mb)

Media coverage included online blogs as well as broadcasts on WQUN and WNPR and articles in the Connecticut dailies. (Click for WQUN (MP3), WNPR: Ray Hardman, WNPR: Where We Live, New Haven Register, The Day (New London), RepublicanAmerican.

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