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Dean Rothenberg to Chair Maryland Stem Cell Commission

The Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission announced July 10 that it has elected Karen Rothenberg as chair and Brenda Crabbs as vice chair. Rothenberg, dean and Marjorie Cook professor of law at the University of Maryland School of Law, succeeds Linda Powers, who completed her two-year term as chair of the Commission.

"I congratulate both Karen and Brenda for being appointed to leadership positions within the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission, and I thank Linda for her outstanding leadership" said Governor Martin O'Malley, a 1988 graduate of the School of Law. "The administration of this Commission and the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund is key to the state remaining a leader in life-saving stem cell advancements. I look forward to the continued progress of the Commission and other Maryland life sciences research through the Bio 2020 Initiative.

Among the measures called for in BIO 2020 is expanded support for the law school's Intellectual Property Law program.

Both Rothenberg and Crabbs were unanimously selected by the Commission at the group's first organizational meeting of FY 2009. Rothenberg has been a member of the Commission since its inception in 2006 when she was appointed as a bioethicist by the University System of Maryland. She is an accomplished scholar and expert on issues at the intersection of health law and public policy and is the founding director of the nationally ranked Law and Health Care program at the University of Maryland School of Law.

Rothenberg has published numerous articles on genetics and public policy and has testified before federal and state legislatures on a wide range of issues, including cloning, genetic testing, and regulation of genetic discrimination and privacy. Rothenberg will serve as chair for one year.

"I'm honored to serve as the chair of the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission and sustain the momentum developed under Linda’s leadership," said Rothenberg. "Maryland is a national leader at the intersection of scientific research and economic development. The Commission's work will help to maintain our preeminence not only in these areas, but also in our analysis of the public policy implications of stem cell research. I applaud the Governor for his vision in continuing to invest in the future of biotechnology in our state."

In FY 2008, the Commission awarded 58 stem cell research grants, all of which have been signed and work is underway. With a budget of $19 million for FY 2009, the Commission expects to issue formal Requests for Applications (RFAs) in late September 2008.


Posted July 11, 2008 by James Smith

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