Tag Archives: stem cells

New Study: Adult Stem Cells Reverse Progressive MS-like Disease

Katey Price, J.D.  

Gives Patients New Chance at Life Pain and Drug Free A new study published in the journal Neurology found that adult stem cells were successful in treating and reversing neuromyelitis optica, a debilitating autoimmune disease similar to multiple sclerosis (MS). This is yet another medical breakthrough for adult stem cells, as opposed to embryonic stem cells, which […]

CLI Announces New Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences

Katey Price, J.D.  

  Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI), the education and research arm of national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), announced that associate scholar Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D. will transition to a larger role as CLI’s Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences.   CLI president Charles A. “Chuck” Donovan, said:   “During […]

Fact Sheet: Adult Stem Cell Research and Transplants

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Adult stem cell transplants are already widely used to the benefit of over a million people. Well over 1 million patients worldwide have been treated with adult stem cells and experienced improved health, based on data gathered by December 2012.

Seeking Pro-life Leadership at the National Institutes of Health

David Prentice, Ph.D.  

In a recent op-ed, Dr. David Prentice and Congressman Jim Banks argue that it’s time for a change in leadership at the National Institutes of Health: Dr. Francis Collins has not shown any pro-life leadership at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In fact, in an interview, Dr. Collins‘ response to a congressional letter outlining pro-life members’ […]

California Stem Cell Clinical Trials Show Ethical Alternatives Are Most Promising

Eugene C. Tarne  

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) ended 2015 by adopting a new Strategic Plan, calling it a “bold new vision for the future” designed to streamline, over the next five years, the process of bringing stem cell research to clinical trial.

Dubbed “CIRM 2.0” the plan is characterized as “a radical overhaul” of business as usual in order to achieve CIRM’s mission to “accelerate the development of stem cell therapies to patients with unmet medical needs.”

According to Jonathon Thomas, CIRM’s chair of the board, the first step in developing the new plan was “us throwing out all our preconceived notions.”

Clarifying a White House Letter on Stem Cell Research

Eugene C. Tarne  

The White House recently launched a site on Tumblr to feature letters sent to the president by the American people.

The handful of letters posted so far cover a variety of subjects, including the usual suspects such as jobs, wages, healthcare and the economy.

But one letter in particular stands out and has garnered attention in the media — including media overseas e.g., here and here.

The letter is from 15-year-old Gavin Nore of Iowa. Early in 2013, Gavin was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Gavin courageously fought back against his diagnosis. Doctors utilized stem cells to treat Gavin and this treatment, combined with Gavin’s bravery, led to victory in his battle against this cancer.

Charlotte Lozier Institute Presents First Video on Life-Saving Adult Stem Cell Success

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

Today, the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) presents its first-ever video celebrating one account of a life-saving ethical adult stem cell treatment.

The short video recounts the poignant story of Paul Wagle, a young man from Kansas who was diagnosed with cancer at age 10 and endured chemotherapy for two-and-a-half years only to then relapse. He was offered adult stem cell treatment, and the rest is history.

Ethical Stem Cells: Back to Basics

Charlotte Lozier Institute  

This report looks at the continuing pattern of stem cells research funding and finds that grants continue to be given to projects that show the most promise – namely ethical stem cell research.

Maryland Joins the Trend for Ethical Stem Cell Research

Eugene C. Tarne  

This paper continues the investigation of stem cell research funding in the United States by examining the funding patterns at the Maryland Stem Cell Research Commission. This investigation reveals that the Maryland Commission is keeping with the trend of investing more money in ethical stem cell research as opposed to embryonic as it is this route which is providing demonstrable results.

Stem Cell Alternative Campaign Progressing in the European Union

Nora Sullivan, M.P.A  

A European grassroots initiative with the bold objective of protecting human life even in its most vulnerable embryonic state has gained considerable support across the continent- collecting over 850,000 signatures from a wide array of nations. The “One of Us” initiative is a valiant effort that has been taken up by groups and individuals across […]

Major Step Forward for Ethical Stem Cell Research

Eugene C. Tarne  

A major New England biotech company recently announced that it would begin the process that it hopes will result in the first clinical trial using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).     This is hardly surprising, as the discovery, by Shinya Yamanaka, of the process to produce embryonic-like, fully pluripotent stem cells from ordinary somatic (body) cells has […]

The Ethical Stems of Good Science

Eugene C. Tarne  

This paper examines the funding pattern of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, an institution which characterizes itself as the “largest source of funding for stem cell research outside the NIH.” Tarne demonstrates that funding has moved from grants directed primarily towards embryonic stem cell research toward primarily ethical stem cells research – which has been the only stem cell research to date to result in positive treatments for illnesses.

Dr. Yamanaka’s Nobel Prize a Victory for Ethical Stem Cell Research

Eugene C. Tarne  

The Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to Japan’s Shinya Yamanaka last month is a thoroughly deserved recognition of his groundbreaking work in regenerative medicine, work that just five years ago forever changed the way stem cell research is conducted around the globe.     It is also welcome recognition for a man who took seriously the ethical […]

The Trend Towards Ethical Stem Cell Success Continues

Eugene C. Tarne  

Two recent developments involving the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) again serve to underscore the reality that adult and other non-embryonic avenues of stem cell research are advancing at a far more dramatic pace toward providing actual therapeutic benefits for patients than is human embryonic stem cell research (hESCR).

No Run on this Bank

Eugene C. Tarne  

It would seem that the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is not alone as it increasingly moves away from human embryonic stem cell research (hESCR) and towards adult and other non-embryonic avenues of stem cell research.

Santorum Launches Campaign for Stem Cell Research Institute

Nora Sullivan, M.P.A  

Last week, Former GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum returned to Iowa.  This time he was not there to campaign for public office but to instead announce his new position as the official spokesman  for the Give Cures campaign.  The Give Cures campaign is the John Paul II Stem Cell Research Institute’s “national gift campaign that raises funds to advance […]