USC has been awarded a $5 million training grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to prepare PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and clinical fellows for careers in stem cell research. CIRM also approved 17 other training programs at universities and clinical facilities across California, including one at USC-affiliated Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). CIRM’s total investment in these new training programs is $86 million, and the goal is to create a diverse group of scientists with the knowledge and skill to become the next generation of stem cell leaders.

The awards come less than a year after Californians voted to dedicate $5.5 billion of public money to renew CIRM, which is the state agency that was founded in 2004 to distribute funding to support stem cell science and regenerative medicine.

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