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ESSCB to discuss gamete donor issues

Empire State Stem Cell Board will hold an Ethics Committee Meeting on Thursday, October 16, 2008,10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the DOH offices, 90 Church Street, New York, New York.
View a webcast of the meeting at http://www.nyhealth.gov/events/webcasts/.
The Ethics Committee Meeting Agenda includes a presentation concerning risks of oocyte donation and another presentation on the research uses of donated eggs. Also on the agenda:
- Informed Consent for Gamete Donors, Discussion of Principles and Recommendations
- Gamete Donor Payment, Discussion of Principles and Recommendations
- Respect for the Embryo: Committee Discussion.

More news on NYSTEM: State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. announced on Sept 19 the awarding of $2 million in grants to strengthen New York's capacity for stem cell research.They are the second set of grants awarded under New York's multi-year stem cell research program. In January, $15 million in grants were awarded to 25 research institutions.
The 2007-2008 state budget created the Empire State Stem Cell Trust Fund, providing up to $600 million over 11 years for stem cell research, an allocation second only to California's.

Commissioner Daines, chair of the Empire State Stem Cell Board stated:'This important investment in stem cell research is strengthening the state's position as a leader in biomedical research and biotechnology, while supporting the development of possible new therapies to alleviate and treat debilitating diseases and conditions, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's ALS, paralysis, and diabetes.
Lawrence S. Sturman, M.D., Ph.D., director of the state health department's Wadsworth Center laboratory which administers New York's stem cell program stated: 'These new grants will spur collaborations among New York State stem cell scientists and their academic and industry partners, with the goal of creating a robust research infrastructure that will accelerate progress in this promising field.'
The new 1-year planning grants will support the development of stem cell research consortia aimed at linking research institutions and corporations, building and strengthening interdisciplinary research teams, establishing core research facilities, and developing stem cell training and education programs.
(1)http://www.nystem.com/events_ethics_commitee_meetings.html To attend the meeting, please provide Ms. Lakia Rucker with advance notice by 4 p.m., Tuesday, October 14, 2008. She can be reached at (518) 473-1394 or lsr06@health.state.ny.us.
See below fold for recipients of the awards.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
both Columbia University Medical Center, and Col U. Morningside
Cornell University
Montefiore Medical Center
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York Medical College
New York Stem Cell Foundation
Ordway Research Institute
Regenerative Research Foundation
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
SUNY at: Downstate Medical Center,Stony Brook University,University at Albany
University of Rochester
Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

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