Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures

Our Mission: The Nebraska Coalition for Life Saving Cures promotes, supports and advocates for research and education to advance our quality of life and our economy.

Our Vision: Leading society to understand and embrace the importance of scientific research.


Nebraska Cures has thrived for two decades, fighting back repeated attempts to change both state law and University of Nebraska policy to restrict biomedical research.  Our success has protected critical research that will save lives.

The health disparities of the pandemic and the spread of health science misinformation have spotlighted the need for our organization to take on an expanded role in health science communication and advocacy.  Expanding our work will allow us to take action on the most urgent health science needs of our community, such as educating Nebraskans about vaccines, clinical trials, and the need for more diversity in research.  At the same time, we will continue to educate about biomedical research and the false promises of unregulated stem cell therapies.


  • As the leading advocate for health science research and education that advances quality of life, Nebraska Cures will educate the public on research advancements that could lead to lifesaving cures, stop the spread of disease, support the economy and lead to a healthier Nebraska.
  • As a trusted source of health science information, Nebraska Cures will educate the public on sound science, increase science literacy, and challenge health-related misinformation.
  • As an advocate for the development of new and diverse leaders in health science professions, Nebraska Cures will support emerging professionals, educators and students through grants, awards, and mentoring.

Learn more about our history.

Board of Directors


David Crouse, PhD – President

Judy Haecker – Vice-President

Lynne Boyer – Secretary

Jean Jeffrey – Treasurer


Iqbal Ahmad, PhD

Peter Angeletti, PhD

Viv Ewing, PhD

Linda Ford, MD

Jon Hinrichs, MD

Margaret Kirkeby Batt

Robert Kully

Diane Nelson

Ann Pedersen

Chris Rodgers

Carol Russell

Rick Russell

Rick Spellman

Jim Turpen, PhD

Danene Tushar

Amanda McGill Johnson – Executive Director