PR exec starts campaign for stem-cell research

Eric Yaverbaum hopes to persuade President Bush to drop his opposition to stem-cell research — using a million pairs of shoes.

Yaverbaum, a public relations chief executive officer whose clients include IKEA and Domino's Pizza, has begun Walk a Mile in My Shoes, a campaign to collect old shoes and letters from patients with devastating illnesses and their caretakers. He plans to deliver them to the White House to let Bush know what victims and families endure.

"I want to send a message to this president: This offers a hundred million people hope and a possibility for a better tomorrow," he said of the research.

Yaverbaum, 44, has a very personal stake in his campaign. He has become frustrated as he watches his wife, Suri Nisker, 42, suffer from secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, a debilitating and degenerative disease for which there is no cure.

"Even getting up in the morning is hard for my wife, getting dressed and showered," Yaverbaum said.

Yaverbaum is convinced stem-cell research could offer some hope.

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Or send shoes and notes for President Bush to:

                       "Walk a Mile in My Shoes"
                      c/o Jericho Communications
                     304 Hudson Street, Suite 700
                       New York, New York 10013

July 1, 2005 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Bush threatens veto on stem cell research bill - May 20, 2005

President Bush on Friday threatened to veto a bill expanding public funding for embryonic stem cell research that could make it to his desk by early next week.

"I made [it] very clear to the Congress that the use of federal money, taxpayers' money, to promote science which destroys life in order to save life, I'm against that," Bush told reporters. "Therefore if the bill does that, I will veto it."

It would mark the first veto of Bush's presidency.

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When I first moved to Alaska 26 years ago a popular t-shirt read "Science is Politics" At that time it applied to the manipulation of science to justify shooting wolves from planes with machine guns, the issues now extend way beyond wolves to global warming, stem cell research, ANWR.... Let's get the politics out of science so individuals can form their own informed decisions.

May 20, 2005 in politics, stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stem cells tailored to patients

South Korean scientists say they have made stem cells tailored to match the individual for the first time.

Each of the 11 new stem cell lines that they made were created by taking genetic material from the patient and putting it into a donated egg.

The resultant cells were a perfect match for the individual and could mean treatments for diseases like diabetes without problems of rejection.

The study, published in Science, has been hailed as a major advance.

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May 20, 2005 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

House Bill to Ease Stem Cell Curbs Gains Momentum

Emboldened advocates of lifting current limits on embryonic stem cell research appear within reach of a breakthrough victory in the House as early as next week, a vote that would put fresh pressure on the Senate and White House to funnel significant federal money into the emerging field.

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May 19, 2005 in politics, stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

DNA Pioneer Defends Stem Cell Research

Nobel laureate James Watson, the co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, on Monday defended stem cell research, saying researchers must be able to search for ways to improve quality of life despite the field's uncertainties.

"I think there's a perception that scientists are more interested in science than society, that scientists are less moral than religious people," the 76-year-old Watson said at the opening of a Berlin exhibit on his life and books. "I think that's completely wrong."

"To what extent research on stem cells will improve the quality of human life, I don't know, but we should be allowed to try," he told reporters at the Berlin Medical History Museum at the Charite Medical School.

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October 12, 2004 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stevens supports research

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens has signed a letter asking President Bush to relax federal restrictions on stem cell research.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has declined to sign the letter.
Stevens and 57 other senators signed the letter sent to Bush on Friday that asks the president to lift restrictions he created in August 2001 on research using embryonic stem cells.
The letter said scientists are shying away from stem cell research because they think the current restrictions will prevent success. It also said other countries are moving forward with the research.
"Mr. President, we know that you have been a strong supporter of medical research and share our commitment to curing disease and alleviating human suffering," the letter said. "We would very much like to work with you to modify the current embryonic stem cell policy so that it provides this area of research the greatest opportunity to lead to the treatments and cures for which we are all hoping."
The letter was signed by 43 Democrats, one independent and 14 Republicans.

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June 10, 2004 in alaska, politics, stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Need Stem Cells? We Got 'Em

Faced with limitations on stem-cell research from the Bush administration, a Harvard scientist has raised his own money and developed 17 new batches of stem cells, which he's offering to any researcher who needs them for just the cost of shipping.

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March 3, 2004 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

MIT researcher makes adult stem cells multiply, then revert to normal

In a finding that may help create unlimited quantities of therapeutically valuable adult stem cells, an MIT researcher fortified adult rat liver stem cells with a metabolite that allows them to multiply like embryonic stem cells.

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December 8, 2003 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stem Cell MS Clinical Trail

Phase I Study of High-Dose Cyclophosphamide and Total Body Irradiation With T Lymphocyte-Depleted Autologous Peripheral Blood Stem Cell or Bone Marrow Rescue in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

Not sure what this all means, but while we're on the topic of stem cell research, this study is currently recruiting patients with MS.

Read it here.

One participant requirement is:
Diagnosis of multiple sclerosis Kurtzke score of 4.0-7.5 Increase of 1.0 point over the past 12 months More than 3 relapses in 24 months despite conventional disease modifying therapy Failure to stabilize active clinical progression with a 3-day regimen of methylprednisolone IV

November 7, 2003 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)

Stem Cell Basics

Stem Cell basics from the NIH, read it here.

Also a more complete coverage of stem cells from the NIH here.

November 7, 2003 in stem cell | Permalink | Comments (0)