– The University of Rochester is at the forefront of stem cell research – and the work benefits our local economy. The information was included in a report by the Associated Medical Schools of New York and it detailed the benefits of the $600 million NYSTEM program, the second-largest government-financed stem cell program in the country.
The U of R has stem cell programs in cardiovascular, neurological and musculoskeletal diseases, cancer and bone repair. The college has created 50 jobs with the help of $18 million in NYSTEM funding. The U of R has $80 million in overall funding commitments for stem cell research.
What’s more, the U of R is building a facility to test stem cell products on people. It will be the only one of its kind Upstate and biotech companies are interested in using the facility.
AMSNY says stem cell research can not only save lives, but lower health care costs.
The report was written to encourage the state not to cut stem cell research funding, which is used to leverage federal grants:
“Any further reductions in funding for the state’s stem cell program will worsen the “brain drain” and diminish the work that has been done to expand the stem cell workforce pipeline and make the recruitment of talented junior scientists more difficult as the appearance of research and career advancement opportunities becomes uncertain or unstable in the state.”
– Clean Sweep is possibly one of Bob Duffy’s greatest achievements as mayor.