NYSCF announces 2010 NYSCF Investigators

October 12, 2010

NEW YORK CITY (October 12, 2010) -- In an expansion of its ongoing effort to promote the next generation of stem cell scientists, The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) today named the first six NYSCF Investigators. Each of the NYSCF-Robertson and NYSCF-Helmsley Investigators will receive up to $1.5 million over the next five years to expand their own laboratories, train other scientists and foster innovative high-risk/high reward research to explore the therapeutic potential of stem cells derived from humans and model organisms.

The announcement was made by Susan L. Solomon, NYSCF CEO, at its Fifth Annual Translational Stem Cell Research Conference at The Rockefeller University. She noted that The NYSCF Investigator Program builds on NYSCF's Postdoctoral Fellowship program that has provided funding to 23 stem cell researchers. The goal is to expand the NYSCF Investigator Program that will presently award 19 Investigators over the first five years, thanks to grants from the Robertson Foundation and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Ms. Solomon was accompanied by The NYSCF Investigator Program's four-member selection committee, including its chair Douglas A. Melton, PhD, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute; Dr. Irving Weissman, MD, Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine; Dr. Christine Mummery, PhD, Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands, and Dr. Lorenz Studer, MD, Director of the Sloan-Kettering Center for Stem Cell Biology.

"We are delighted to welcome the new NYSCF-Robertson and NYSCF-Helmsley Investigators. These young scientists represent some of the world's most gifted minds," said Ms. Solomon. "This funding will support them at a critical juncture in their careers as they focus research that has the potential to accelerate the path from bench to bedside.

"The current uncertainty surrounding federal funding of stem cell research has placed many scientists in a tenuous position," she continued. "During this time, The NYSCF Investigator Program provides critical funding to transform the field of stem cell research and find cures that have eluded scientists for decades. We are committed to making sure that stem cell researchers in the United States can pursue their work, unhindered by politics, for as long as it will take to find cures for the diseases that afflict those we love."

According to Ms. Solomon, the NYSCF Investigators were selected on the basis of a research proposal, research accomplishments, and references. Applicants were required to show true innovation for translation of basic science to a clinical setting.

NYSCF named four NYSCF-Robertson Investigators and two NYSCF-Helmsley Investigators, each of whom will receive up to $1.5 million over five years to create labs and cultivate research that will explore the potential of stem cells to advance the understanding and treatment of human disease. The NYSCF - Robertson Investigators are: The NYSCF-Helmsley Investigators are:
About The New York Stem Cell Foundation:

Founded in 2005 to accelerate cures for the major diseases of our time through stem cell research, NYSCF conducts cutting edge research at its own independent laboratory and provides grants to outstanding investigators at other research institutions. NYSCF also invests in the next generation of stem cell researchers through The NYSCF Fellowship Program, The NYSCF Investigator Program, and The NYSCF-Robertson Prize. The Foundation plays a vital role in educating both scientists and the public about stem cell research through an active annual program of conferences and symposia, and is a leader in funding, advocacy and policy. For more information, visit www.nyscf.org

New York Stem Cell Foundation

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