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Three More CSU Campuses Build Bridges to Stem-Cell Research

December 16, 2009
By Erik Fallis

Three California State University campuses (Fullerton, Northridge, and San Bernardino) will receive a cumulative award of $4 million in Bridges to Stem Cell Research funding from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

"The future of California is tied to educating the researchers and technicians in groundbreaking scientific fields such as biotechnology," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "CSU students and faculty are building the bridges to medical breakthroughs and new applications of stem cells."

Researchers in a labratory.

These dollars follow a previous award announcement in March 2009, which provided nearly $16 million for stem-cell research to 11 CSU campuses. This brings the total award to nearly $20 million for the university system.

"The CSU Bridges programs funded in March have provided research opportunities statewide, supporting over 100 students’ engagement in cutting-edge stem cell laboratories," said Susan Baxter, executive director of the CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology. "These research internships are invaluable experiences, allowing students to prove their abilities and prepare for the workforce or graduate school."

The CIRM Bridges funding also allows current certificate, degree programs and general education courses to incorporate the latest stem cell science and technology, benefiting hundreds of students already this fall.  Existing CSU campus programs provide hands-on stem cell training in both academic and industrial research settings.