www.txstemcell.org

February 2011

Targeted Hope Newsletter
"After a decade of intense controversy, the field is finally ready to start proving itself and to actually start helping patients suffering from a range of horrific diseases" 

 
Bob Lanza, 
Chief Scientist,
Advanced Cell Technology
In this Issue
Uniting the Pro-Cure Community
Keep Research Open Texas
3rd Site for Spinal Cord Injury
Testing Stem Cells or Brain Injury
Testing Stem Cells or Brain Injury
Hope for Vital Blood Cell Shortage
2nd Annual Symposium
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Texans for Stem Cell Research Kicks Off Learn for Life 2011: Stem Cell Cures Educational Series.  Join us Tuesday, February 8th 5:30 PM- 7:30 PM. Learn About Promising Cell Therapies and Current Cure Focused Research Get Involved With One of The Most Exciting Areas of Medicine Today Meet Experts In The Field 

 

Special Presentation: 

 

Cord Blood Stem Cells


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Dear Friends,


February , National Heart Month, is here and today is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness for women and heart disease.  It has been a very busy year already for TSCR and I am proud to announce that we took off running.  We are pleased to introduce our 2nd Annual Stem Cell Educational Symposium to be held September 30th in Austin.  We have commitments from internationally recognized stem cell scientists and doctors currently conducting promising stem cell clinical trials as well as leading advocates who support us daily  across the US. Be sure to see the details below and look for additional announcements throughout the coming months. 

 

Next week we launch the 2011 educational series, "Learn for Life" with our first event on February 8th in Austin at Cover 3.  We are also scheduling events in Dallas and Houston where we are creating local chapters-- with plans for San Antonio in the near future.  Our Medical Advisory Committee and leading stem cell advocates in each city have agreed to lend their resources to further advance our series.  Be sure to check out our updated official TSCR website where we will soon be launching our "Ask the Expert" program in an effort to  open the lines of communications between our great researchers and the community.

  

In our continued efforts to educate our policy makers about the importance of stem cell research, we distributed letters to the House and Senate members in January.  We join other US and Texas advocacy groups in these efforts and hope you will take a minute to review  the recent contributions of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Report.**  Read January TSCR Open Letter

 

This year is truly shaping up to be our best ever and we hope all of you will continue to support our organization and help us recruit more people interested in participating in this incredible movement. As a grassroots organization, we welcome ideas that can assist us as we move forward.  Our doors are open and we would love to hear from all of you. Please join us next week as we kickoff the year together.

 

Stay Warm Our There Friends ~

 

Sincerely, 

 

David L. Bales, Chairman

Texans for Stem Cell Research

Uniting the Pro-Cures Community
 
"The enemy is the disease or injury that is destroying our friends and families' quality of life, and that is what we must defeat. The mission is to bring the benefits of pluripotential and progenitor cell therapy to regenerative medicine.  That is what we are doing.."    

 
Dr. Alan Trounson, President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

There is no question where the American public stands on stem cell research. The most recent polls reveal more than 73% support funding for human embryonic stem cell research. Despite this clearly expressed will of the American people, the field remains under siege. Stem cell research must be a national public health priority at all branches and levels of government, both federal and state, not only as a matter of the medical health of the individuals who comprise the United States but also as a matter of national financial health.  Texans for Stem Cell Research is pleased to have joined efforts over 50 other organizations across the US to unite the pro-cures community.  With the launch of the Stem Cell Action campaign, the entire stem cell community will be on high alert for attacks in individual states and offer support and resources as needed. (...more)


 
Keep All Research Doors Open in Texas

We Deserve The Best That Science & Medicine Can Provide...Stem cells offer hope in finding cures and treatments for so many of our most debilitating diseases and traumas such as heart disease, traumatic brain Injury, diabetes, Parkinson's, cancer, Alzheimer's and spinal cord injuries to name a few.  If you are interesting in learning how you can help and maintain the state's current provision which allows all forms of stem cell research to go forward. (Read More)

 
 
(READ Full Story Austin American Statesmen January 5th 2011 Invest in the Future of Texas)


Clinical Trial of Hope at Stanford

Third Site Joins the First Stem Cell Therapy Spinal Cord Injury Trial

January 24, 2011

 

The first clinical trial of cells derived from human embryonic stem cells began in October 2010 in a paralyzed patient at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Today, Stanford University School of Medicine and Santa Clara Valley Medical Center became the third site to participate in the trial,which will enroll up to 10 patients with spinal cord injuries at up to seven institutions nationwide. Read Full Story   Read History of Trial from Roman Reed

Hope For Transplant Patients

UT Houston Researchers Testing Stem Cells for Brain Injury

February 1, 2011


 

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) contributes to 50% of all trauma deaths and The mortality rate for children following severe TBI ranges from 14-24%. Houston researchers have an amazing story of one child's recovery from brain injury using stem cells taken from the child's own body to heal his injured brain. Read Full Story  &  Watch Video News Coverage

Hope For Transplant Patients

Could Stem Cells Revolutionize Organ Transplantation?

Custom Made Hearts, lungs, kidneys, and more...

Aired January 26, 2011 on PBS

Watch This Incredible Program

Scientists are learning how to grow custom-made body parts so they can be ready when you-and your vital organs-start falling apart. At the University of Minnesota, Doris Taylor and her colleagues strip organs of their cells, reseed the organ "skeletons" with living cells, and watch as the organs start working right in front of their eyes.  

Stem Cell Breakthrough Could End Shortage of Vital Blood Cells

January 12, 2011


People undergoing certain forms of medical treatment, such as cancer therapies or transplant surgery, often need transfusions of platelets in order to repair damaged tissues and blood vessels and to prevent uncontrolled bleeding. Scientists believe this technique could result in unlimited quantities of platelets being produced on an industrial scale without the need for human blood donors.  Read Full Story


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News &
Upcoming Events

 
Texans for Stem Cell Research 
 2nd Annual Educational Symposium

 
AT&T Executive Education And Conference Center at UT Austin
 
September 30th, 2011 9-5
 
Austin, Texas

 
 
Once again, we will educate the public, medical community, elected officials, and academic community on current developments in stem cell science, regenerative medicine and future of cell based therapies for treatments of diseases afflicting millions today . We are pleased to announce our 2011 Distinguished Speaker Panel:
 

 
J
ames T. Willerson, MD --T
exas Heart Institute, The University of Texas Health Science Center 

Darwin J. Prockop, MD, PhD--Institute for Regenerative Medicine & Texas A&M HSC, College of Med at Scott & White 

Sean I. Savitz, MD--Cellular Therapy and Translational Stroke Research, Co-Director UT Medical School at Houston 

William K. Decker, PhD-- Dept of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy UT MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Wise Young, PhD, MD--Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University 

Camillo Ricordi, M.D--University of Miami Diabetes Research Institute 

Larry Goldstein, PhD--Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, UC San Diego Stem Cell Program

Denis Rodgerson, PhD--Professor Emeritus Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UCLA, Dir., Stem Cell Science NeoStem, Inc
Don C. Reed--Americans for Cures Foundation, Califor. for Cures, Citizen-Sponsor Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act 

Roman Reed-- Roman Reed Foundation, Stanford Partnership: Spinal Cord Injury Repair Stanford University School of Medicine                      

For more information on sponsorship opprortunites please contact us by February 28th.
 

See Our Official Website for More Details
 
 
Cell Society's 1st Annual Clinical Meeting

February 18th-19th, 2011

La Jolla, California 

Cell Society is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the clinical applications of adult stem cell regenerative therapies through the cooperation of patients, their physicians and world thought leaders. The Cell Society's 1st Annual Clinical faculty includes national and international physicians, as well as several individuals who are well-versed in US policy surrounding stem cell therapy applications. Corporate scientists will also give updates on the research and clinical trials that are happening right now. For more information about this upcoming meeting or 

 

registration.     

Cell Society Website 

9th Annual International 
Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation Symposium
June 23-25, 2011
San Francisco, California

Premier cord blood transplantation meeting, attracting physicians, researchers, cord blood bankers, laboratory personnel, nurses, patients and administrators from around the globe.   (Read More)
Texans for Stem Cell Research is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We continue to advocate for responsible public policy and promote the advancement of safe and effective stem cell research and therapy throughout Texas. We believe educating our citizens will allow Texas to regain its rightful place as a leader in stem cell medical research and treatments.  In order to provide quality education, we rely on your continued support and donations. If you are interested in 2011 sponsorship opportunites, please contact David L. Bales (512) 797-2703.  
 

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