ICOC Funds Committed:
We propose the creation of "Regenerative Sciences Stem Cell Biology Open Research Center." The mission of this facility will be to create a value-added shared research facility that will provide a unique environment to conduct research on hESCs, and create and maintain hESCs. Regardless of whether RSI wins funds for a Stem Cell Techniques Course, our facility will not only offer shared research space for hESC research, but will provide training and courses in how to conduct such research for small groups, and make that training publicly available through multimedia presentations on the web and CD/DVD. Furthermore, our shared research facility will take advantage of our unique research environment in which people from the high school to faculty levels are brought together to collaborate on cutting-edge research, where the conventional hierarchical management structure is eschewed in favor of a collegial approach. We will actively encourage people with possible research interest in stem cell biology to propose exciting high risk/reward work. We will then select those meritorious proposals and workers who would best benefit from our unique environment. Should another stem cell research center be funded in our vicinity we will work with them to add value to their services by working with groups of workers who might not otherwise have the opportunity to conduct original work in human stem cell biology. The facility will be managed by a committee consisting of staff from RSI, as well as representatives from the local universities and colleges. Decisions will be made by close adherence to the collegial principles already described. We will actively solicit research proposals from neighboring educational institutions at the faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate school levels. In addition, we will expand our existing fellows/interns program by selecting a group of fellows and interns from local colleges, universities and high schools to be trained in human stem cell biology and encouraged to propose and conduct original research in collaboration with the more senior researchers.
Statement of Benefit to California:
We propose the creation of "Regenerative Sciences Stem Cell Biology Open Research Center." The mission of this facility will be to create a value-added shared research facility that will provide a unique environment to conduct research on hESCs, and create and maintain hESCs. The center will not only act as a conventional shared facility for stem cell research, but will bring all the benefits of open biological research. The center will be open to all interested faculty, will promote education of young researchers and will pursue high risk, high reward scientific research. CA research infrastructure will benefit.