CIRM awards UCI $2,7 million for a regenerative medicine program
Brian Cummings is a UCI professor in physical medicine & rehab and a founding member of the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center. He has been awarded a $2.7 million, five-year grant by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The grant will be used to create a program for first-generation students and those from underserved communities who are interested in careers in public healthcare and regenerative medical research. The Creating Opportunity Through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem Cell Science Program will pair student researchers with faculty mentors. The students’ tuition and stipend will be covered for their two-year tenure as scholars. They will also learn lab skills, human cell culture and good manufacturing procedures at UCI’s GMP facility. Students can explore a range of career options in both the public and private sector, using their research and education skills to improve human health. UCI’s program for COMPASS Scholars will create a group of individuals that are well-prepared to enter the workforce,\” Cummings said. He is also the associate dean of faculty development at the School of Medicine. The program’s other objective is to increase awareness of equity, diversity and inclusion among trainees, mentors, and program participants.