Stem cell research holds great promise for the nearly 21 million Americans who have diabetes. Stem cell research could lead not only to a cure for diabetes, but to better treatment as well. The American Diabetes Association is a proud member of the Kansas Coalition for Lifesaving cures.
- Bruce Barrett, State Advocacy Leader, American Diabetes Association
We believe early stem cell research is important for the future of patients. Stem cell research holds the potential for treating some of our most devastating diseases including juvenile (type 1) diabetes. A few politicians should not stand in the way of lifesaving stem cell research and cures.
- Peter Van Etten, President and CEO Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Our organization represents more than 90 national patient advocacy, disease and research organizations. Most scientists believe and studies show that embryonic stem cells will likely be more effective in curing diseases because they can grow and differentiate into any of the body’s cells and tissues and thus organs. It is important that we work together to ensure access to any stem cell treatments and cures.
- Sean Tipton, Vice President of Communications Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research
It is clear today that American science will be better served and the nation would be better served if we let our scientists have access to more cell lines. It is in the best interest of our scientists, our science, our country that we find ways - that the nation finds a way - to allow the science to go full speed on both adult and embryonic stem cell research. It is very clear from my point of view that the current cell lines will not be sufficient to do the research we want to do... It's not possible for me to see how we can continue the momentum of science and in stem cell research with the lines we currently have. I think it is important for us not to fight with one hand behind our back on this. To sideline NIH is shortsighted. We need to find a way to move forward... I hope we can do that soon.
- Dr. Elias Zerhouni, Director, National Institutes of Health
Neuroscientists agree that there is great potential, although no guarantees, for breakthroughs in therapies for diseases such as ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury and stroke through embryonic stem cell research. While adult stem cell research is believed to hold less promise, the AAN and ANA believe both embryonic and adult stem cell research should be pursued rigorously and under close.
- Joseph Martin, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University
As people of faith we are called to be partners with God in healing and in the alleviation of human pain and suffering. With careful regulation, we affirm the use of stem cell tissue for research that may result in the restoring of health to those suffering from serious illness.
- Presbyterian Church, United States
The debate regarding whether adult stem cells or embryonic stem cells are ‘better’ is a creation of politics and the press, not of the scientific community. I know of no credible stem cell scientist that does not believe that both should be studies; human medicine will suffer if either is excluded. If politics were not involved, the field of embryonic stem cell research would be much more advanced than it is today. It is difficult to estimate just how damaging the current restrictions have been to the field to date, but if the current restrictions are not eventually lifted, patients will suffer needlessly.
- Dr. James Thomson, University of Wisconsin - Madison
I have never seen in my career a biological tool as powerful as the stem cells. It addresses every single human disease. I think the use of human embryonic stem cells is an ethical and responsible thing to do with tissue that would have been destroyed in the discards of a fertility clinic...So, let's use it instead of discarding it. If you think that is a holy thing, then value it, treasure it and keep it. Use it for research and the betterment of lives, don't throw it away.
- Dr. Hans Kierstead, University of California's Reeve-Irvine Research Center