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    Bill Gates Foundation rejected funding with SCI

    I wrote a grant proposal affiliated with a SCI foundation and was flat out REJECTED! Of course I mentioned the other CNS ailments that may be helped as well.
    They are not funding this area of research I was told. This is a perfect example of our plight. Funding is scarce because no one believes that spinal injuries and the like can be fixed in the present and near future. This means that there are some prominent scientists and doctors out there rejecting regeneration of the spinal cord in their/our lifetime.

    The Gates Foundation has money to burn, $10 million is the equivelent of $1,000.00 compared to the average person. This just proves that MAJOR funds are not heading our way. At least I tried!

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    Senior Member Norm's Avatar
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    What was the reason? I feel they are interested in things that are going to give them good press world wide like vaccines for the 3rd World.

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    uhh

    Foundation was not funding in this area. I don't know why, but I'm disappointed in the potential big numbers his and Ted Turner's foundations have.
    I just cannot believe that the problem is not science but dollars. I think a contribution of say, $20 million would not change a thing in terms of getting trials finished at a quicker pace. Would $100 million do it?! I am still going to apply for grants and donations from DuPont, Rockefeller ( damn old stingy money), Robert Wood Johnson, etc. I have already had shouting matches wiyth a few rich cats in the House of Represenitives, they are the cheapest of all

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    Speaking about Gates,

    Gates Vows $100M in India AIDS Fight
    48 minutes ago
    By BETH DUFF-BROWN, Associated Press Writer

    NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (news - web sites) pledged $100 million Monday to fight AIDS (news - web sites) in India, a dramatic initiative he said would focus on helping women protect themselves from careless partners.


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    The $100 million contribution from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest grant the organization has given to a country to fight the deadly virus. Gates, who wore a "tika," the deep red Hindu mark, on his forehead, started his four-day trip through India with a visit to a private hospice in New Delhi.


    "It's a very brave thing to speak out and it's a problem that needs a lot of brave people," Gates told Naveen Kumar, an HIV (news - web sites)-positive activist who said India's public health facilities had refused to treat him and his wife.


    Kumar said his HIV-positive wife was turned away from public hospitals when she was pregnant. Doctors at one government-run hospital suggested she have an abortion.


    "The hospital actually asked my wife to leave. They said it was useless to have the baby," he told Gates. Their daughter is healthy and virus-free, he said.


    Gates said his initiative would focus on women, because of their vulnerability to the virus and their lack of access to treatment in India.


    "In a conservative society, the effort would be to reach out to the women through other women and to ensure that the resources reach the women," Gates said.


    He said the Gates Foundation was looking at programs that teach prevention methods that don't require the cooperation of a male partner.


    The foundation has invested $100 million in research on microbicides - gels designed to kill HIV.


    Gates said the foundation was funded by his personal wealth, which Forbes magazine estimated at $43 billion in September.


    "I realized about 10 years ago that my wealth has to go back to society," said Gates, a father of three who says he was influenced by his own parents' practice of regularly donating to charity.

    "A fortune, the size of which is hard to imagine, is best not passed on to one's children. It's not constructive for them."

    Gates, who also met with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, urged Indian leaders and health professionals to look beyond the stigma of AIDS and publicize its danger.

    "HIV-AIDS is at a relatively low level in India and experience shows that countries that act at an early stage can prevent the disease from becoming widespread."

    Gates set himself up for criticism by citing a recent U.S. government report that predicts the number of people with HIV in India will rise to 20-25 million by 2010. The figure stands at about 4 million now, about .7 percent of the adult population.

    India has rejected the report as inaccurate. Health Minister Shatrughan Sinha on Friday accused Gates of "spreading panic" by citing the figures.

    The government has not given an alternate projection, but says it does not expect a dramatic increase. India insists its AIDS-prevention programs are paying off and the number of HIV carriers has stabilized over the last three years.

    Gates shrugged off the criticism, and noted that Sinha had agreed to chair the board overseeing the Gates grant and that Vajpayee expressed appreciation for the money.

    Gates will meet with industry and government officials in New Delhi, Bombay and the southern software hubs of Hyderabad and Bangalore.

    He said he worried that India's enormous progress in information technology - the country has the only Microsoft software development center outside the United States - would be thwarted by AIDS.

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    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: www.gatesfoundation.org


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    AIDS the perfect PC charity. Lets reward people for irresponsible behavior!

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    It seems to me that all the major projects they fund have one thing in common--the need to begin by setting up infrastructures in the particular area of the world. This is especially true of small clinics to innoculate everyone in third world countries against measles and tetnus. Maybe this is the reasoning behind this grant too. India is one of the few countries with a current polio problem in its poorest areas and in Kashmir due to the fighting.

    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

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    Norm, that's a pretty harsh statement considering just how many children die of Aids (particuarly in Africa). Unless breast feeding is considered "irresponsible".

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    Norm, plenty of SCIs are the result of irrepsonsible behavior. Does that make SCI unworthy of cure?

    Whether we like it or not, terminal conditions will always attract more funding than non-terminal conditions, because people fear death. As bad as SCI is, one can live with it for 40 years or more - SCI is no longer a death sentence, as it used to be.

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    Most children suffer from their parents irresponsible behavior no matter what it is, thats a fact of life. What are you going try to make everyone in the world behave a certain way, it can't be done.

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    Bill Gates metamorphosis



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