OAKLAND -- The president and CEO of Children's Hospital Oakland has been appointed to the governing board overseeing the state's stem cell agency.

Dr. Bertram Lubin was sworn in Jan. 27 to the Independent Citizen's Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

State Controller John Chiang appointed Lubin to the post. Lubin will remain in his position at Children's Hospital Oakland.

The agency came into being after California voters approved Proposition 71 in 2004, agreeing to provide $3 billion in funding for stem cell research.

"It is an honor to serve on this important committee, to represent the role that children's hospitals have in this area of research, and to be part of a group of devoted staff and experts that support the development of medical therapies that will impact people in our state and throughout the world," Lubin said in a written statement.