Stem Cell Battles by Don C Reed

This is a one-of-a-kind book: combining easy-to-understand science, in-the-trenches political warfare, and inspirational stories. It aims to give hope to individuals and families who suffer from chronic disease or disability; to point out how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in the battle to ease suffering and save lives through supporting medical research; to…

9255coverThis is a one-of-a-kind book: combining easy-to-understand science, in-the-trenches political warfare, and inspirational stories. It aims to give hope to individuals and families who suffer from chronic disease or disability; to point out how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in the battle to ease suffering and save lives through supporting medical research; to share in “people talk” some of the amazing progress already achieved in the new field of stem cell research; to show how even such a magnificent success as the California stem cell program is under constant attack from ideological groups; to offer medical research as a force for international cooperation; to suggest how cure research lessens the need for the mountainous costs of endless care.

Unparalleled background: the author has been involved in virtually every important stem cell battle (state, national, and international) since embryonic stem cell research began. The author works closely with Robert N. Klein, sponsor of the California stem cell program, the largest source of such stem cell research funding in the world. In addition, the author is an award-winning teacher as well as writer, and seeks to entertain as well as educate. His book is not only substantive, but also fun.

The book would be a treasured gift: for anyone suffering an “incurable” illness or who is a caregiver for a loved one; for a college student considering a rewarding career in biomedicine; for scientists who want to protect and enhance their research funding; and for anyone who wants to see government respond to the needs of its citizenry. Chronic disease and disability are a prison: cure is the triumphant escape — wheelchairs should be for temporary occupancy only.

Readership: General readers, caregivers of someone with chronic disease, patient advocates, students in biomedical science, policy makers in government, stem cell researchers.

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“Don Reed’s book is a great overview – easy to read”

Five Star Review on Amazon By Brock Reeve

As the director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Christopher Reeve’s brother, I know firsthand the importance of popular support for medical research. Don Reed’s book is a great overview – easy to read, full of good stories and the science is accurate. The California stem cell program, CIRM, like the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, is dedicated to developing cures to diseases that have been called hopeless. Families will take comfort from “Stem Cell Battles”. As importantly, any scientist wanting to dedicate his or her life to cure research should understand the patient perspective and the importance of working with patient advocates.

About the Author

Don C. Reed has been called the “Grandfather of Stem Cell Research Advocacy”, for his decades of commitment, beginning with his citizen sponsorship of California’s Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999, named after his paralyzed son. “Roman’s Law” raised $17 million in state funding, while attracting an additional $85 million from the National Institutes of Health and other sources. Don was grassroots organizer for America’s first pro- stem cell research legislation, Senate Bill 253 (Ortiz) and others.

Don Reed served on the Board of Directors for Proposition 71, the citizens’ initiative which led to the $3 billion California stem cell agency, and has supported it vigorously ever since. As David Jensen of the CALIFORNIA STEM CELL REPORT remarked, “Don has probably attended more meetings of the CIRM than anyone else, including staff”.

Reed has been involved with state, national, and international efforts to preserve scientific freedom: opposing the Bush Administration’s attempt to ban advanced stem cell research via the United Nations; supporting the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Acts of 2003 and 2007, twice passed by Congress and the Senate, but vetoed by former President George W. Bush; supporting the successful Missouri’s Stem Cell Research Amendment 2, and Michigan’s Proposal 2. Don’s testimony for the Kennedy Committee on stem cell research is recorded in the Congressional Record, and he took great joy in cheering for Barack Obama, as the President signed the reversal of the onerous Bush restrictions.

Author of the forthcoming book, *STEM CELL BATTLES: Proposition 71 and Beyond*, from World Scientific Publishing, Inc., Reed is a prolific writer, with roughly 200 articles published by the Huffington Post alone. He has written five books and numerous magazine articles for such publications as THE LANCET.

Reed has won numerous awards for his advocacy efforts, and has served on the Board of Americans for Cures Foundation and its predecessors since startup.

 

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