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Hearing Loss vs. The California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-Week Challenge #9

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

Think for a moment about your favorite sounds... Music, perhaps, like the young Julie Andrews singing "I Could Have Danced All Night" from MY FAIR LA...

Brain Tumors vs. California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-Week Challenge #8

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.17.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

When Vice President Joe Biden stood beside the coffin of his son Beau, it seemed the whole world took a breath. Every parent knew what he must be feeling: one of the most powerful men on Earth, and yet he could not save his son.

Bone Fracture vs. the California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-week Challenge #7

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.09.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

In 1978, my brother David Reed was driving his motorcycle up a winding mountain road near Santa Cruz, California, when a truck came around the other side.

Blindness vs. California Stem Cell Program: Disease-a-Week Challenge #6

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

When I was ten I fell on a bamboo stick, which penetrated my right eye. The doctor taped a patch over it and said that was all he could do, we would just have to wait and see. What did that mean?

Autism vs. the California Stem Cell Program

Don C. Reed | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Don C. Reed

Before I met the boy who liked Stanford too much, I knew almost nothing about autism. I had seen the movie, RAINMAN, in which Dustin Hoffman played a...

Disease-a-Week Challenge #1: How the California Stem Cell Program is Battling Lou Gehrig's Disease

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.28.2015 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Last year, chronic disease cost America as much as all federal income tax and the national debt combined. Let me prove that.

A Talk With C. Randal Mills, New Head of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Robin L. Smith | Posted 09.20.2014 | Science
Robin L. Smith

In April 2014, C. Randal Mills was named President and CEO of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a San Francisco-based agency created in 2004 to allocate over $3 billion in funding for stem cell research for California. I recently caught up with Randy to discuss his new role at CIRM and the road ahead.

Champions Find a Way: California Stem Cell Program Joins Hands with Biomed in Fight against Paralysis

Don C. Reed | Posted 08.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Don C. Reed

A great circle has been closed, bringing scientists, universities, biomed, patients, and advocates together, uniting our strength. California's stem cell program as a public/private cooperation is a working reality; it has advanced the cause of cure.

On Changing (Stem Cell) Presidents: A Modest Proposal

Don C. Reed | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science
Don C. Reed

Alan Trounson is retiring from the presidency of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM, better known as the California stem cell program), and it is happening way too soon. Might there be a way to keep him on part-time?

Fighting the Killers: California Stem Cell Program Takes on Leukemia and Cancer

Don C. Reed | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science
Don C. Reed

Is one of these approaches (or a combination of them both) the answer to cancer? We cannot say. No one can predict the path or pace of science. But some things we can know. Without dedicated scientists like these, cure will not happen.

California "Bridges" Program Helps Young Scientists

Don C. Reed | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Don C. Reed

If you or someone you know wants to be a stem cell researcher, read this article carefully, because it could be a career-maker. To be a stem cell res...

8 Years Later, Is California's Stem Cell Agency Still Relevant?

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 03.19.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The creation of California's stem cell agency in 2004 was greeted by scientists and patients as a turning point in a field mired in deb...

Overturn Dickey-Wicker Abomination, or Forget Stem Cell Cures for a Generation

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Future generations will look back upon us, and wonder how we could have been so stupid--to have the tools of cure in our hands, and put them aside.

The International Society of Stem Cell Researchers Comes to Town

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Don C. Reed

In America alone, an estimated one hundred million people suffer chronic disease or disability. What politician could afford to ignore a constituency like that?

The California Stem Cell Program: It Works, Why Mess With It?

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

Having brought in roughly one billion dollars in new money for the state, the California stem cell program is already a spectacular success. But there are other, more personal ways to judge it.

Rush Limbaugh and the California Stem Cell Program

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Don C. Reed

These are not statistics. They are our loved ones, and politics must not block research which might heal or alleviate their suffering.