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

it takes to drive discoveries into the clinic and to patients. We hope to enter into several agreements with other nations to significantly expand this vital stem cell research and extend our ability to accelerate the field."

"Cancer stem cells have recently been a focus of much research as a possible cause of cancer recurrence and many of the most important discoveries linking cancer stem cells to cancer have been made by Canadian and Californian researchers. An international collaboration involving Canada and California, with a focus on cancer stem cells, can be expected to raise research in this field to a much higher level." said Dr. Jim Till, the President of the CSCC. "International coordination and collaboration should ensure that Canadian funds will be used to support Canadian research of the very highest quality."

The Canadian partners in CSCC (Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Stem Cell Network, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and Genome Canada) are expected to make an initial investment of more than $100 million Canadian dollars in the collaboration, with Genome Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Government through the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, having already confirmed commitments of up to $30 million each for cancer stem cell research. CIRM will support the collaboration through its existing programs.

No funds awarded through this collaboration will be used for research involving human reproductive cloning or any other matter that is prohibited by California law or CIRM regulations for CIRM grantees or Canadian law or CSCC's Members' regulations for CSCC grantees.

BACKGROUNDER

About CIRM CIRM was established in 2005 with the passage of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act. The statewide ballot measure, which provided $3 billion in funding for stem cell research at California universities and research ins
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