Texas Celebrates Stem Cell Awareness Day 2011

Targeted Hope Newsletter
October 2011
Special Edition
Design by Beth McConnell, 10 Miles West
Photo Courtesy of Wyatt McSpadden  
Buck Ramsey's Grass, 2005, Texas Tech University Press
Dear Friends,

We have dedicated our October Targeted Hope Newsletter to all of the events around the world surrounding World Stem Cell Awareness Day last week and during The 2011 World Stem Cell Summit.  

The purpose of World Stem Cell Awareness Day is to bring together organizations and individuals across the globe working every day to ensure that we safely realize the benefits of what is one of the most promising fields of science in our time.                  

This year,  Texans for Stem Cell Research celebrated World Stem Cell Awareness Day and contributed by organizing a world-class Annual Symposium on the preceding Friday, September 30th. We also created an awareness campaign with a souvenir poster that reflects the deep history and unique spirit of Texas.


We invited 16 leaders from across Texas, the United States and around the globe to speak in our great state's capital city.  Five of our invited 2011 speakers presented at the World Stem Cell Summit surrounding the Stem Cell Awareness Day festivities. We were honored to have these distinguished guests donate their time.


We gave Texans a way to proudly display their support for Stem Cell Research and created a poster that we believe captures the true spirit and traditions of Texans and reflects the sincere hope for healing and cures.


Beth McConnell, 10 Miles West and loyal member of our Advisory Council, created the poster shown above utilizing the original photography of legendary Wyatt McSpadden.  This photo of Buck Ramsey (1938-1998), a widely acknowledged "spiritual leader" of the cowboy poetry movement, was taken years ago by his friend Wyatt.   


In December 2005, Texas Tech University press brought out the long-awaited Buck Ramsey's Grass, with essays on his life and work.  Buck Ramsey's words and Wyatt's photography inspired us deeply this year.   


With kind permission from Bette Ramsey, we included this heart-warming photograph and Buck's own words as a reminder to all that stem cell research is for the benefit of real people and not just a topic of conversation or point of controversy.

And as I ride out on the morning

Before the bird, before the dawn,

I'll be this poem, I'll be this song.

My heart will beat the world a warning-

Those horsemen will ride all with me,

And we'll be good, and we'll be free.              


                                                                                  --From "Anthem," by Buck Ramsey


For millions of people around the world who suffer from incurable diseases and injury,  The World Stem Cell Awareness Day is a day to celebrate the scientific advances made to-date and be hopeful of what is yet to come.  


The unique properties of stem cells give the scientific and patient communities alike great confidence that stem cell research will be the foundation of countless medical therapies and cures.  Certain types of stem cells are already used to treat life-threatening diseases such as leukemia, and lymphoma.  


Scientists believe that stem cells can one day deliver therapies and cures for many incurable diseases, genetic conditions, and injuries including cancer, spinal cord injury, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Stem cell therapies also offer an opportunity to restore quality of life for patients and their families, while saving billions of dollars we spend on lost productivity and medical care. Beyond treating disease, stem cell research also holds promise for developing powerful environmental toxicity tests, drug screening, and diagnostics.


Stem cell research is advancing with promising results at leading institutions in Texas, across the United States and around the world. Our organization promotes safe, ethical and responsible research that has the potential to bring novel clinical therapy approaches for treating those suffering from incurable disease and injury.   


Doctors, researchers and scientists are working every day to develop treatments to substantially mitigate disease and finding cures for our most daunting medical challenges.  This takes time, funding and unwavering support from the entire community.   


Our education programs are designed to keep the community and our leadership well informed during this pivotal period of transition for health care and assist our state as we plan for a better future.


Make no mistake, Texas is committed to stem cell research and we will celebrate World Stem Cell Awareness Day with our fellow advocates from around the world for many years to come.


For More Videos and Coverage of the Events:  


Advocates to Celebrate Stem Cell Awareness Day Around the Globe October 5th, Gather in Pasadena - CIRM  

CIRM video journal of the World Stem Cell Summit

7 key take home action items from the World Stem Cell Summit 2011     

Good News from the World Stem Cell Summit - Missouri Cures

Three words summed up the stem cell extravaganza--Wonderful

Texans for Stem Cell Research
In the News
Thank you to our local community for your support and coverage of our events.
Together we can create awareness for a promising and healthier future.

Gateway to the International Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine Community

2011 World Stem Cell Summit Report

More than 26 articles and 176 pages of previously unpublished insight into the forefront of regenerative medicine.
The editors of the 2011 World Stem Cell Report invited more than 26 experts to share their views on regenerative medicine strategies in the regions of North and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, where stem cell research is on the forefront the biomedical research and commercialization agenda. The report serves as a reference and guide to this diverse universe of organizations and networks that influence the success of our field.

The theme of the 2011 World Stem Cell Report is "Translational Regenerative Medicine: from Bench to Bedside." The Report provides a worldwide perspective of the issues facing the stem cell community that influence how the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine develops. This edition includes discussions of science, international perspectives, commercialization, policy, law, ethics and advocacy.


Updates Coming Soon...

We wish to thank all of the amazing speakers who traveled to Austin, Texas to speak at our symposium and to our fellow advocates across the US who have reached out to Texas during the past few months to help us spread the word about our events.  We would like to send a very special thank you to our advocate leaders in California who have been unbelievably supportive throughout this entire year.  You embrace our 2011 motto...

Collaboration accelerates translation.

(Left to Right: Roman Reed, Shinn-Zong (John) Lin, Eric N. Olson, Ratan Bhardwaj, Jane S. Lebkowski, Wise Young, Larry Goldstein, Will Decker, Don Reed, Roger Gammon, Cesar Borlongan, Stanley Wang not in view)

Detailed updates from the presentations in our next issue.    

Texans for Stem Cell Research (TSCR) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)3, volunteer organization dedicated to the advancement of stem cell clinical applications. We promote FDA approved clinical trials that have the potential for new novel clinical therapy approaches for treating the millions suffering from debilitating disease and injury. TSCR hosts education events and provides advocacy support to industry leaders, partner organizations, researchers and doctors conducting stem cell research in Texas.  TSCR assists the Texas based research teams and institutions by fostering strategic collaborations with potential partners.  Stem cell therapies are advancing with promising results in clinical trials and TSCR will continue to promote safe, ethical and responsible research to accelerate translational efforts in Texas.      

You can help our organization continue to provide important education about promising stem cell research through your donations.  Your contributions provide support for our educational programs and advocacy efforts. We must keep our community informed about the importance of this research and it's potential to provide treatments and cures for diseases and debilitating injuries. You can now make a small gift through PayPal.  We thank you in advance for your support and hope you will join our growing organization. We thank you in advance for your support and hope  you will join our growing organization in 2011.


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