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Near Absence of Embryonic Stem Cells in California Clinical Trial Program

Gene Tarne  

In 2013, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) – the nation’s largest funder of stem cell research outside of the federal government – authorized a new program, the Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Network.


The Network’s goal, according to CIRM, “is to accelerate the development and delivery of stem cell treatments to patients.”  To achieve this, CIRM approved $70 million “to create a new statewide network of sites that will act as a hub for stem cell clinical trials.”  CIRM envisioned a network of “up to five clinic sites at established academic institutions.”  To date, three Alpha Stem Cell Clinics have been created, housed at City of Hope, University of California San Diego, and UCLA/UC Irvine.

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Q&A with the Scholars: Adult Stem Cell Treatments and Life-Saving Research

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Paul Wagle, M.A., is the Director of Life Science Development for the lead economic agency in the state of Kansas. Mr. Wagle was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 10, and after a four-year battle including an adult stem cell transplant, he has been cured for over 10 years. He holds a Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies, and serves as an advisor on two healthcare boards including the Midwest Stem Cell Therapy Center Advisory Board. Mr. Wagle is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, he discusses his experience with a life-saving adult stem cell treatment, and the importance of promoting ethical approaches to medical research. Watch a video of Paul Wagle’s story here.

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