Year 3

CIRM support for the core activities and initiatives, during the last year, has resulted in the further expansion of our Stanford Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education. This Center has met, and exceeded, all of the original goals outlined in our initial proposal as indicated in the previous report including renovation of laboratory space, active use to support research and education, establishment of the only stem cell bank in the state of California that incorporates stem cell lines (hESCs and iPSCs) as well as donated embryos and oocytes and primary dermal fibroblasts. In addition, we maintain protocols and personnel to obtain skin biopsies and a viral facility to establish lines. Finally, we have expanded to include educational workshops and symposia focused on derivation and differentiation of pluripotent human stem cells and we serve the CIRM Bridges programs of San Jose State University, San Francisco State University and Humboldt State University.