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Organizational Tea Leaves from the California Stem Cell Agency

Organizational Tea Leaves from the California Stem Cell Agency

The new organization chart at the $3 billion California stem cell agency looks much different than the way it has looked has over the last 10 years.


Gone is the office of research and development, once headed by Ellen Feigal, who resigned last month. Gone is the office of scientific activities. Instead CIRM...

California Stem Cell Report
Stay on Top of California Stem Cell Research: $50 Million Fast-Track Program Up for Action Tomorrow

Follow all the developments at tomorrow's meeting of the governing board of the $3 billion California stem cell agency right here on the California Stem Cell Report.We will bring you gavel-to-gavel coverage, beginning at 9 a.m. PST, as agency directors...

California Stem Cell Report
CIRM 2.0 — California’s New Urgency for Stem Cell Therapies

CIRM 2.0 — California’s New Urgency for Stem Cell Therapies

This is a big week for Randy Mills, the man who took control of the $3 billion California stem cell agency just seven months ago.


His proposals for radical changes at the agency are expected to be approved by its governing board on Thursday along with a restructuring aimed at improving...

California Stem Cell Report
California Stem Cell Agency Overhauls Conflict Rules; Secrecy Remains

The California stem cell agency this week is expected to begin sweeping out its current conflict-of-interest rules for multi-million dollar research applications and giving applicants wider range to disqualify some grant reviewers in advance.


Little about the operation of the rules, however, will be disclosed to the public or applicants, although the regulations are...

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Talk Therapy Helps Reduce Suicide Risk

Dec 8, 2014

By Fran Kritz

Repeat suicide attempts and deaths by suicide dropped by 25 percent in a study of Danish people who had six to ten psychosocial counseling sessions after a suicide attempt.

“We know that people who have attempted suicide are a high-risk population and that we need to help them.

The post

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Active Aging: Living Better Together

Dec 8, 2014

 

By Matt Perry
When 64 year-old Bob Branstrom thought he was having a stroke, he walked the few feet to his senior cohousing neighbor, who then called a nearby pediatrician, who then called 911. Together, his neighbors ensured his safety and comfort, even taking him books and toiletries if needed for an overnight hospital stay.

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California Stem Cell Report
‘Radical’ Improvements Coming at California Stem Cell Agency

The new president of the $3 billion California stem cell agency is not interested in “staying the course” on development of stem cell therapies in the Golden State.


Randy Mills has bigger goals in mind. He told ipscell.comthat the opportunities in California go well beyond what has already been done at California Institute...

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Watsonville program fights childhood obesity with youth leadership

Dec 8, 2014

By Mary Flynn
In this story we go to the agriculturally rich area of Watsonville — where more than 49 percent of children living there are obese or overweight.

In the past 30 years childhood obesity has more than doubled in the US.

And kids who are obese are likely to become adults who are obese with...

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California Stem Cell Report
California Stem Cell Speed-Up: $50 Million for New, Rapid-Action Program

The mystery at the $3 billion California stem cell agency has cleared up.


The agency yesterday posted a document that provided some details on just what is to be considered next week by the agency’s board of directors, and it is very big stuff -- $50 million worth.


It involves what the agency’s...

California Stem Cell Report
A Public Mystery at the $3 Billion California Stem Cell Agency

Dec 3, 2014

The latest proposal by the California stem cell agency for apparent clinical testing of stem cell therapies could be a $2 million effort or $20 million effort. It could be designed to tackle Alzheimer’s or cancer. It could involve commercial firms or just research institutions.


But no one – outside of the agency – really...

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