From left, John Zaia, Dale Ando, David Hardy and Paula Cannon (Photo courtesy of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine)

The road to a cure for HIV/AIDS

Something wonderful sometimes happens when scientists and the public get together to talk about research. All the jargon, all the technical language falls away, and it becomes instead a conversation between the …

CIRM President Randy Mills addresses citizens and patient advocates at USC (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

California’s stem cell agency hosts public meetings with citizens and patients

This summer, leaders from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) visited Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco to consult with citizens and patient advocates in each city. These are the …

Illustration of the HIV virus

CIRM-funded clinical trial aimed at blocking HIV/AIDS in people gets the go ahead

An innovative therapy using a patient’s own stem cells, modified to resist infection with the AIDS virus, has been given approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin a clinical …

Stem cells won the heart of clinical trial participant Fred Lesikar. (Photo by Cristy Lytal)

USC hosts California stem cell agency’s tenth birthday bash

Few 10 year olds have brought 10 potential medical treatments into clinical trials. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), however, is a truly exceptional 10 year old. In 2004, the people …

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