Texans for Stem Cell Research Presents:
6th Annual Singin' for Cures
Friday, September 30th, 2011
Proceeds will benefit Spinal Cord Injury & Stroke
Stem Cell Research initiatives in Texas.
(Left to Right)
Wise Young, PhD, MD
Richard H. Shindell Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience & Founding Director, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University, Chief Science & Medical Advisor, Stemcyte
Citizen-sponsor, California's Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act (1999) Chair and co-founder, Californians for Cures Vice President, Public Policy, Americans for Cures Foundation
We are honored to have the National Paralysis Foundation of Dallas 1997 "Tall Texan of the Year" pick back down to Austin, Texas. Dr. Young is one of the world's most outstanding neuroscientists and a foremost leader in spinal cord injury research. His pioneering standardized rat spinal cord injury model is used worldwide for testing therapies. He has appeared as a guest on "20/20", "48 Hours", "Today", "Eye to Eye", Fox News and CNN. His work has been featured in a Life magazine special edition, in USA Today, and in numerous news, talk and print presentations worldwide. In 2001, TIME Magazine named Dr. Young as 'America's Best' in the field of spinal cord injury research. In 2005 he was the first researcher elected to the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame. In 2006, Dr. Young received The Hope Award – A Salute to Research Innovation, the New Jersey Educator of the Year Award, and the Caring Heart Award. Dr. Young also serves as Chairman of the Advanced Therapeutics and Clinical Studies Committee.
Roman Reed and his father Don have worked tirelessly to inspire and renew California’s Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act. As a result, $14 million in state funds has been awarded to scientists conducting research in spinal cord regeneration. An additional $64 million has been leveraged from outside sources. Both Don and Roman are founding members of the Stem Cell Action Coalition, which seeks to unite the pro-cures community in the US.
Don Reed served on the Board of Directors for the Proposition 71 Initiative, which began California’s $3 billion stem cell program. He is currently Vice President for Public Policy for the Americans for Cures Foundation, as well as founder and co-chair for Californians for Cures. Don work s to advance and protect stem cell research freedom and funding, working on numerous state, national, and international efforts. Author of five books and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Don’s motivation began with his son, Roman Reed, paralyzed in a college football game in 1994.
Roman joined the Stanford Partnership for Spinal Cord Injury Repair to promote research and awareness on behalf of all those with spinal cord injury and dysfunction. President Obama invited him and his parents to the March 9, 2009, ceremony commemorating the historic reversal of the government’s ban on the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Roman Reed runs the nonprofit “Roman Reed Foundation” which funds valuable research providing hope for spinal cord injury.