Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963954 | Print ISBN: 9781412959087 | Online ISBN: 9781412963954| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
PENNSYLVANIA IS NUMBER two in the United States in state financial support of stem cell research. Pennsylvania follows only the State of California in state support. In the year 2001, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania budgeted $2.3 million to support in—state stem cell research. The majority of that money, totaling $2 million, came from Pennsylvania's settlements with tobacco companies. In early 2005, Pennsylvania Representatives and state lawmakers proposed an increase in state funding of stem cell research by developing a fund especially for this cause. Additionally, the proposal suggested a tristate collaboration between Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware to foster stem cell research. In April 2005, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSM) proposed to establish a joint academic medical center in downtown Las Vegas at Union Park. Faculty would come from both universities; however, while the UNSM would profit both financially ...