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CMM 2010 Annual Report

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The CMM Annual Report for 2010

Previous Reports:
2009 Annual Report
The department is proud to announce the publication of our 2nd Annual Report. This report is a summary of the department's mission, growth, honors and recent accomplishments over the last calendar year. You can download a reduced size PDF here [Note: PDF is 3MB] or request a hard copy from the business office. Our goal is to create and post the report annually. If you have any comments or questions, you may contact the Chair, Don Cleveland, at or the CMM business office.
    News Highlights for CMM 2010:

  • The George Palade Symposium: celebrating the life and accomplishments of CMM’s Founder, Nobel Laureate George Palade, January 28, 2010
  • CMM’s external grant funding jumps 39% in 2010: CMM faculty awarded $4 million for 2nd year from Obama’s ARRA Stimulus
  • Christopher Glass, Connie Holm, Al La Spada and Don Cleveland lead CMM’s contribution to complete overhaul of the medical school curriculum
  • CMM’s Xiang-Dong Fu, Peter Novick and Yishi Jin are three of seven UCSD faculty elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • CMM’s Jeff Esko receives an honorary degree from the Univ. of Uppsala
  • Alysson Muotri’s team creates model of autistic neurons from induced pluripotent stem cells
  • George Sen and Kevin Corbett: New faculty recruited to CMM
  • Don Cleveland’s group initiates a gene silencing clinical trial to treat inherited ALS
  • Construction of UCSD’s Stem Cell Program, headed by CMM’s Larry Goldstein, is highlighted on CBS Evening News
  • Team lead by CMM’s Alysson Muotri is awarded $5.8 million from CIRM for early stem cell translational research studies
  • Arshad Desai and Karen Oegema join CMM’s Professorial Ranks
  • CMM’s Jonathan Sebat named the First Chief of the Beyster Center for Molecular Genomics of Neuropsychiatric Diseases at UCSD
  • Maike Sander along with Karl Willert awarded $5 million for diabetes research from the Beta Cell Biology Consortium
  • Larry Goldstein and Don Cleveland lead an $11 million effort funded by CIRM to develop a stem cell-derived, cell replacement therapy for ALS
  • Ajit Varki’s career accomplishments highlighted by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
  • CMM’s Al La Spada identifies NnA proteins to play central role in catastrophic neuronal death in mice, flies and perhaps people
  • CMM’s Pascal Gagneux featured in Atlantic Monthly for discoveries in fertility
  • Alysson Muotri’s team identifies autistic neurons with jumping genes in the brain
  • Christopher Glass identifies cholesterol-lowering statins boost bacteria-killing cells
  • CMM’s Larry Goldstein authors a new book: “Stem Cells for Dummies”
  • Al La Spada’s efforts demonstrate mutations in beta-synuclein promote neurodegeneration
  • David Traver identifies dendritic antigen-presenting cells in zebrafish
  • Arshad Desai and Karen Oegema identify specialized chromosome segregation pathway in eggs
  • Shankar Subramaniam named Distinguished Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer center, June 2010
  • CIRM Awards $1.5 Million grant to Alysson Muotri for development of autistic neuron models
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