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The New York Stem Cell Foundation awards fellowships to 7 innovative stem cell scientists
Date:6/6/2011

NEW YORK CITY (June 6, 2011) The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) today announced the appointment of seven new NYSCF-Druckenmiller Fellows, who are conducting groundbreaking research in the stem cell field. The postdoctoral scientists join 25 accomplished stem cell researchers from leading institutions who have been supported by the program since 2006. To date, NYSCF has awarded 32 fellowships in what has become one of the most competitive postdoctoral fellowships for stem cell researchers.

The announcement was made by Susan L. Solomon, NYSCF CEO, who said the Fellowship Program was created to train and support young scientists in the pursuit of innovative stem cell research. The Program has committed over $10 million to postdoctoral fellowships for stem cell researchers since it began in 2006.

"These scientists are doing work that will help us understand and cure the most intractable diseases of our time and accelerate the path from bench to bedside," she said. "We believe that stem cell research will revolutionize medicine, and these gifted scientists are at the forefront."

Each of the NYSCF-Druckenmiller Fellows will receive funding over a one-to three-year period to support their research initiatives. They will have access to NYSCF's specialized stem cell laboratory in Manhattan, where they will be able to conduct research and receive training in advanced stem cell research techniques. The Fellows will also present their work at NYSCF's Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference, October 11-12, 2011 at Rockefeller University in New York.

"At a time when funding for stem cell research is in flux, NYSCF's Fellowship Program ensures that the best and brightest researchers are well positioned to lead and innovate the field as it grows," says Dr. Shahin Rafii of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, who chairs NYSCF's Fellowship Committee. "The quality of this year's candidates was outstanding, and I
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Contact: Nadine Woloshin
nwoloshin@rubenstein.com
212-843-8041
New York Stem Cell Foundation
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