NCE Progress Report

The Berkeley Stem Cell Center’s CIRM training program TG2-01164 provided training in scientific, ethical and regulatory concepts for future stem cell researchers at several stages of their professional development. Annually from 2010-2015, five students working towards the PhD degree, eight postdoctoral fellows undertaking additional training before becoming independent scientists, and three physicians building academic careers in medicine and clinical research were selected as CIRM Scholars through a highly competitive application process. As CIRM Scholars they were primarily engaged in research, but also participated in coursework and programmatic activities as they trained to become independent investigators. They made important discoveries, participated in the development of intellectual property, and contributed to the training of other young scientists.

The outstanding pre-doctoral, postdoctoral and clinical fellows funded by this and the other CIRM training programs are essential contributors to the stem cell and biomedical research communities, and represent the future of the biotechnology industry and academia in California.