Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures

In 2000, a small group of individuals came together to form a not-for-profit, membership-supported organization called Nebraskans for Research (NFR). The purpose of the group was to provide a positive voice in support of the continued development of medical research in Nebraska.

In 2007, philanthropist Richard “Dick” Holland helped form the Nebraska Coalition, combining a group of business, education and community leaders with the members of Nebraskans for Research and taking the name Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.

During the lifetime of both organizations members have worked hard to fend off efforts in both the state legislature as well as the University of Nebraska Board of Regents to endanger the freedom of research in Nebraska.

Today, the Coalition concentrates on two key areas: education and the support of research. In particular, the organization works to support the efforts and accomplishments of Nebraska-based medical researchers, science educators and young collegiate scientists. It advocates for stem cell research, therapies and cures in Nebraska.

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LB 1405
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced in
the Nebraska Legislature.
The bill did not advance.Nebraskans for Research
is founded.
LB 462
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced
in the Nebraska Legislature.
The bill did not advance.
Chuck Durham, local
philanthropist, awarded
First Lifesaver Award.
LB 512
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced
in the Nebraska Legislature. The
bill did not advance.
Forums to educate
Nebraskans on the
organization and importance of
medical research goes on the
road to Lincoln, Hastings and
Scottsbluff.
Harris Interactive Poll
finds 73% of American
think stem cell research
should be allowed.
Nebraska Coalition for
Lifesaving Cures is founded.
LB 700
A bill to ban Somatic Cell
Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) was
introduced in the Nebraska
Legislature. The bill did not
advance.Nebraska Coalition and
Nebraskans for Research merge
to become Nebraska
Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.
LB 606
Legislation passes that
allows researchers in
Nebraska to use embryonic
stem cell lines.
President Obama expands
the number of embryonic
stem cell lines available
for federal funding.Regents at the University
of Nebraska consider
limiting embryonic stem
cell research but vote to
continue current policy.
Coalition sponsors showing
of The Accidental Advocate
featuring director Jessica
Gerstle.
Lifesaver Award expands
to Lincoln honoring Chuck
and Linda Wilson.
Founding board member and
long-time president Sandford
Goodman resigns.
Coalition establishes
Richard Holland Future
Scientist awards.
Paul Knoepfler, PhD, cancer
survivor, patient advocate
and embryonic stem cell
researcher featured at
Nebraska Science Festival
as guest of NCLC.
Inaugural Maurer Scientific
Achievement award
presented to UNMC surgeon
and researcher.

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2000

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LB 1405
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced in
the Nebraska Legislature.
The bill did not advance.

Nebraskans for Research
is founded.
LB 462
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced
in the Nebraska Legislature.
The bill did not advance.
Chuck Durham, local
philanthropist, awarded
First Lifesaver Award.
LB 512
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced
in the Nebraska Legislature.
The bill did not advance.
Forums to educate
Nebraskans on the
organization and importance of
medical research goes on the
road to Lincoln, Hastings and
Scottsbluff.
Harris Interactive Poll
finds 73% of American
think stem cell research
should be allowed.
Nebraska Coalition for
Lifesaving Cures is founded.
LB 700
A bill to ban Somatic Cell
Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) was
introduced in the Nebraska
Legislature. The bill did not
advance.

Nebraska Coalition and
Nebraskans for Research merge
to become Nebraska
Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.
LB 606
Legislation passes that
allows researchers in
Nebraska to use embryonic
stem cell lines.
President Obama expands
the number of embryonic
stem cell lines available
for federal funding.

Regents at the University
of Nebraska consider
limiting embryonic stem
cell research but vote to
continue current policy.
Coalition sponsors showing
of The Accidental Advocate
featuring director Jessica
Gerstle.
Lifesaver Award expands
to Lincoln honoring Chuck
and Linda Wilson.
Founding board member and
long-time president Sandford
Goodman resigns.
Coalition establishes
Richard Holland Future
Scientist awards.
Paul Knoepfler, PhD, cancer
survivor, patient advocate
and embryonic stem cell
researcher featured at
Nebraska Science Festival
as guest of NCLC.
Inaugural Maurer Scientific
Achievement award
presented to UNMC surgeon
and researcher.

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LB 1405
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced in
the Nebraska Legislature.
The bill did not advance.
Nebraskans for Research
is founded.
LB 462
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced
in the Nebraska Legislature. The
bill did not advance.
Chuck Durham, local
philanthropist, awarded
First Lifesaver Award.
LB 512
A bill to ban fetal tissue
research was introduced
in the Nebraska Legislature. The
bill did not advance.
Forums to educate
Nebraskans on the
organization and importance of
medical research goes on the
road to Lincoln, Hastings and
Scottsbluff.
Harris Interactive Poll
finds 73% of American
think stem cell research should
be allowed.
Nebraska Coalition for
Lifesaving Cures is founded.
LB 700
A bill to ban Somatic Cell
Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) was
introduced in the Nebraska
Legislature. The bill did not
advance.
Nebraska Coalition and
Nebraskans for Research merge
to become Nebraska
Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.
LB 606
Legislation passes that
allows researchers in
Nebraska to use embryonic
stem cell lines.
President Obama expands
the number of embryonic
stem cell lines available
for federal funding.
Regents at the University
of Nebraska consider
limiting embryonic stem
cell research but vote to
continue current policy.
Coalition sponsors showing
of The Accidental Advocate
featuring director Jessica
Gerstle.
Lifesaver Award expands
to Lincoln honoring Chuck
and Linda Wilson.
Founding board member and
long-time president Sandford
Goodman resigns.
Coalition establishes
Richard Holland Future
Scientist awards.
Paul Knoepfler, PhD, cancer
survivor, patient advocate
and embryonic stem cell
researcher featured at
Nebraska Science Festival
as guest of NCLC.
Inaugural Maurer Scientific
Achievement award
presented to UNMC surgeon
and researcher.

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