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Minister Clement, Governor Schwarzenegger Join Forces to Fight Cancer Through Cancer Stem Cell Research
Date:6/18/2008

e Team Awards will support multi-disciplinary teams of scientists in pursuit of therapies for specific diseases. The goal is to fund the work of disease teams that would result in therapy or diagnostics for a particular disease or serious injury. Request for Applications (RFA) for these grants will be issued by CIRM in October with grants announced in June 2009. Successful proposals will likely include a description of a path to an Investigational New Drug filing at the end of the four-to-five year grant.

"Canadian researchers have been at the forefront on stem cell research and Drs. James Till and Ernest McCullough received the Lasker Prize for work, which pioneered the field. By working together across borders and bringing together the top scientists from both countries to tackle cancer stem cell research, I believe we will be able to shorten the time to bring great improvements to the lives of those affected by cancer," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health for Canada.

"One of CIRM's primary goals is to accelerate the field of stem cell research as a whole. In some instances we can do this more effectively through collaborations that involve the best scientific endeavors, regardless of geography" said Dr. Alan Trounson, President of CIRM. "Through this relationship, CIRM money will continue to be earmarked only for research that takes place within California, but our funding can be significantly leveraged to accelerate the clinical benefits for patients. Coordinating our joint efforts in cancer stem cell research through collaborative programs with our colleagues in Canada will enhance the opportunities to contain and to prevent recurrence of certain cancers."

"We are excited about the opportunities presented by this international collaboration with our Canadian colleagues," stated Robert N. Klein, Chairman of the Governing Board of CIRM, the state stem cell agency." Coordinating scientific efforts should shorten the time that
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