[REDACTED] CIRM Graduate Stem Cell Training Program

Funding Type: 
Bridges
Grant Number: 
TB1-01189
Investigator: 
ICOC Funds Committed: 
$0
Public Abstract: 
Stem cells offer some of the most promising new opportunities for regenerative medicine, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry. With the passage of proposition 71 and the creation of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2005, California has become one of the world largest sponsors of stem cell research. However, as the academic research base broadens and industry begins to adopt the new technologies, the availability of a local skilled workforce in California will become a critical factor for this unique research support to be successful. As part of the effort to generate skilled personnel trained in the state of the art techniques required by stem cell research labs, [REDACTED] is partnering with the [REDACTED] to establish a CIRM-supported stem cell training program. This program will be integrated with our existing 2-year MS in Biological Sciences offered by [REDACTED] in collaboration with [REDACTED]. The two-year MS program will involve 10 trainees per year in 12 month-long research internships (20 graduates over 3 years). In the first year, the students will undertake a series of required lecture and laboratory courses covering diverse aspects of stem cell biology such as cell culture and biotechnology, policy and ethics, and clinical application, through our stem cell research program. The second year, students will be engaged in full-time research intensive internships in various stem cell laboratories at [REDACTED] CIRM-funded Shared Facility. This internship will provide the trainees with hands-on laboratory research training as well as a direct participation in stem cell and regenerative medicine research projects focused on age-related diseases. In addition, students will participate in a stem cell laboratory techniques course at the [REDACTED]. They will also have the opportunity to attend several auxiliary educational activities to augment the internship experience including workshops, journal clubs, weekly science seminars and annual conferences and retreats. The main purpose of this training program is to generate a core of highly skilled Master’s levels workforce who can use their skills in stem cell laboratories in both academia and industry immediately upon graduation. In addition [REDACTED] has long standing experience in providing educational opportunities to individuals representing diversity of California’s population. Therefore, this proposed program will provide the opportunity to train an ethnically, racially and socio-economically diverse population of students who do not otherwise have opportunities to take part in research focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine. This diverse skilled workforce will play essential roles in advancing research from basic discoveries, through translational approaches, clinical investigations and commercialization in California.
Statement of Benefit to California: 
Stem cells offer some of the most promising new opportunities for regenerative medicine, biotechnology and the pharmaceutical industry. With the passage of proposition 71 and the creation of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2005, California has become one of the world largest sponsors of stem cell research. However, as the academic research base broadens and industry begins to adopt the new technologies, the availability of a local skilled workforce in California will become a critical factor for this unique research support endeavor to be successful. As part of this effort to generate personnel trained in the state of the art techniques required by stem cell research labs, [REDACTED] (Home Institution) is partnering with [REDACTED] (Host Institution), to establish a CIRM-supported Stem Cell Research Internships and associated training activities for Master’s level students in the [REDACTED]. This two-year MS program will involve 10 trainees per year in 12 month-long research internships (20 graduates over 3 years). The main purpose of this training program is to generate a core of highly skilled Master’s levels workforce who can use their skills in stem cell laboratories in both academia and industry immediately upon graduation. In addition [REDACTED] has long standing experience in providing educational opportunities to individuals representing diversity of California’s population. Therefore, this proposed program will provide the opportunity to train an ethnically, racially and socio-economically diverse population of students who do not otherwise have opportunities to take part in research focused on stem cells and regenerative medicine. This diverse skilled workforce will play essential roles in advancing research from basic discoveries, through translational approaches, clinical investigations and commercialization in California. Through this training program, we also plan on training community college faculty and high school teachers in stem cell technology and provide them with transferable skills necessary to develop stem cell learning modules that can be integrated in existing and/or new classes in [REDACTED] educational institutions.

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