FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sarah Youngerman, 651.485.7171
Carol Blymire, 301.332.8090
September 20, 2007
CAMR SUPPORTS NIH DIRECTOR'S DESIRE TO FUND ALL FORMS OF STEM CELL RESEARCH
The following may be attributed to Sean Tipton, president, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research:
"The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) applauds NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni for reminding America about of the promise of embryonic stem cell research. We count on the National Institutes of Health to aggressively pursue science that shows promise for advancing human health and that is committed to exploring credible, peer-reviewed and competitively funded research.
"Unfortunately in this case, President Bush doesn't trust or listen to his own appointees. Sadly, the President's executive order goes against what Dr. Zerhouni recommends. The NIH is and has been funding research into non-embryonic stem cells, but this is not sufficient. America 's patients need to have our best scientists working on the most promising research, without political interference.
"Bush's executive order stands in the way of what three-quarters of Americans want -- allowing our nation's best and brightest to pursue all forms of stem cell science that provide hope for the millions who suffer from cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, diabetes, heart disease and other debilitating diseases and disorders."
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The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) is the nation's leading pro-cures coalition. It is comprised of nationally recognized patient organizations, universities, scientific societies, and foundations advocating for the advancement of breakthrough research and technologies in regenerative medicine -- including stem cell research and somatic cell nuclear transfer -- to cure disease and alleviate suffering for individuals with life-threatening illnesses and disorders.