Stem cell groups join to fight Alzheimer’s, spinal injuries

By Jeff Karoub, The Associated Press
Posted Nov. 17, 2010, at 4:34 a.m.

Embryonic stem-cell research supporters last week announced the creation of a coalition to unify and strengthen efforts of advocates nationwide who envision eventual treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injuries and other ailments.

The Stem Cell Action campaign supports attempts to enact “comprehensive legislation” that protects and funds federal research, according to Bernard Siegel, the executive director of the Genetics Policy Institute, which leads the coalition.

Siegel said the coalition, which comprises 30 foundations and state-based groups, is coming at a “critical time” to fight state and federal challenges to public funding, he said.

“Stem Cell Action is designed to give a voice to the broad majority of Americans that support this issue,” Siegel said. “We can share resources and information so we’re not operating in silence.”