Our Mission: We educate and support stem cell research in Nebraska.
The Nebraska Coalition for Lifesaving Cures is an organization that focuses on education and the support of stem cell research. While promoting awareness across the state for the accomplishments of Nebraska-based medical research and the improvement in people’s lives that research provides, the Nebraska Coalition also supports and promotes science educators and young collegiate and high school scientists through scholarships and support for science fairs across the state. In addition the Coalition sponsors Lunch and Learn events throughout Nebraska.
In 2010, the Nebraska Coalition held a special showing of the film, The Accidental Advocate featuring its director Jessica Gerstle. Gerstle is an Emmy Award-winning journalist whose father’s paralysis following a cycling accident led the two of them on a mission to understand the science of stem cells and the political quagmire impeding it.
Reception to this event was so positive, the Coalition decided to work to bring additional, national figures to Nebraska to speak on a variety of topics about stem cell research.
In 2013, Gary Susser, a Consumer Rights Attorney and a vocal activist of stem cell research resulting from birth problems that left their 12-year old son Adam, a quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, cortical blindness and developmental delays, came to Nebraska to talk about “stem cell tourism.” Gary, and his wife Judith Susser, had appeared on “60 Minutes” exposing the dangers of stem cells being sold over the internet by profiteers.
Since then, Dr. Paul Knoepfler, PhD, an associate professor of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy at the UC Davis School of Medicine and C. Randal Mills, PhD, President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) have been featured guests of the Coalition at Lunch and Learn events across the state.
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