Our goal is to keep stem cell research funding in Maryland at the Governor’s budgeted amount of $10.4 million.
The National MS Society supports stem cell research funding in accordance with federal, state and local laws to find new ways to slow, prevent, and repair the effects of MS. Maryland is a national leader in biomedical research. The Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund (MSCRF) was established in 2006. During its first five years, the MSCRF has funded a total of 218 research project at a cost of $78.8 million. Funding has targeted 35 diseases and conditions. MS is one of those diseases. According to the Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund, the MSCRF has produced an estimated $75 million in labor income and over $125 million in business sales and estimates that it has created an estimated 1,000 high-level jobs that attract and retain clinicians and researchers to the State. The 2009 World Stem Cell Summit, held in Baltimore, was the largest stem cell meeting in the United States that year, attracting 1200 participants from 40 states and 27 countries.