NEW YORK CITY (October 12, 2010) In an expansion of its ongoing effort to promote the next generation of stem cell scientists, The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) today named the first six NYSCF Investigators. Each of the NYSCF-Robertson and NYSCF-Helmsley Investigators will receive up to $1.5 million over the next five years to expand their own laboratories, train other scientists and foster innovative high-risk/high reward research to explore the therapeutic potential of stem cells derived from humans and model organisms.
The announcement was made by Susan L. Solomon, NYSCF CEO, at its Fifth Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference at The Rockefeller University. She noted that The NYSCF Investigator Program builds on NYSCF's Postdoctoral Fellowship program that has provided funding to 23 stem cell researchers. The goal is to expand the NYSCF Investigator Program that will presently award 19 Investigators over the first five years, thanks to grants from the Robertson Foundation and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Ms. Solomon was accompanied by The NYSCF Investigator Program's four-member selection committee, including its chair Douglas A. Melton, PhD, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute; Dr. Irving Weissman, MD, Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine; Dr. Christine Mummery, PhD, Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and Dr. Lorenz Studer, MD, Director of the Sloan-Kettering Center for Stem Cell Biology.
"We are delighted to welcome the new NYSCF-Robertson and NYSCF-Helmsley Investigators. These young scientists represent some of the world's most gifted minds," said Ms. Solomon. "This funding will support them at a critical juncture in their careers as they focus research that has the potential to accelerate the path from bench to bedside.
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