WASHINGTON--()--The Genetics Policy Institute will honor individuals and organizations that have positively impacted the advancement of stem cell research at the 7th Annual Stem Cell Action Awards Dinner on October 4, 2011 at the Pasadena Convention Center. The award ceremony, to be held as part of the 2011 World Stem Cell Summit, will recognize those who have helped foster understanding of stem cell research and its benefits, and supported its progress towards the development of medical treatments and cures.
“This year’s honorees have demonstrated their profound commitment and exemplary leadership in education and the public support of stem cell research, and through their action and inspiration, bring us hope that treatments and cures will come sooner rather than later.”
“There are many individuals and institutions impacting the forward movement of stem cell research, and who inspire the community to continue to promote the benefits that can be attained from this scientific field,” said Bernard Siegel, Executive Director of Genetics Policy Institute (GPI). “This year’s honorees have demonstrated their profound commitment and exemplary leadership in education and the public support of stem cell research, and through their action and inspiration, bring us hope that treatments and cures will come sooner rather than later.”
This year, GPI will be honoring individuals and organizations for their leadership, advocacy, education, public outreach and their ability to inspire hope in stem cell research. Award honorees for 2011 are:
- Leadership Award: Sherry Lansing
Sherry Lansing is the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, current chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of California and CEO of The Sherry Lansing Foundation. She also serves on the Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine and has made an immeasurable contribution to its success.
- National Advocacy Award: Research!America
Research!America is the largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance committed to making research focused on improving health a higher national priority. This organization motivates public support and funding for stem cell research.
- Education Award: Let’s Talk Science
Let’s Talk Science is a Canadian national, charitable organization delivering science learning programs and services that turn children and youth on to science. This organization has taken a multi-pronged approach to help students and educators gain insight on topics surrounding stem cells, including a high school symposium called “StemCell Talks!,” hands-on classroom workshops, teacher resources that include a national biotechnology learning continuum, and CurioCity, an online program for teens.
- Public Advocacy Award: University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute
When the Minnesota legislature passed a bill criminalizing certain types of stem cell research, scientists at the nation’s first established stem cell institute at the University of Minnesota effectively led a successful advocacy effort to defend this valuable research which led to a veto, and the continuation of stem cell research in Minnesota.
- Inspiration Award: Grant Albrecht
Since having developed a spinal myelopathy in 1996, Grant Albrecht has become a determined patient advocate. He has pursued countless avenues of treatment from the traditional to the alternative, and inspires others to chart their own course to rehabilitation and recovery. A highly sought after speech writer and strategic communications coach, Grant worked with Americans for Cures advancing the Prop 71 initiative, and presently serves on the Genetics Policy Institute’s strategic advisory board. He has spoken to many educational and community groups in his impassioned effort to promote a greater understanding of stem cell science, and to help mobilize the Pro-Cures community.
The World Stem Cell Summit is presented annually by the Genetics Policy Institute (GPI), in partnership with leading academic and medical institutions to create the most influential and important gatherings in the field. For more information on the 2011 World Stem Cell Summit, the Genetics Policy Institute, and this year’s Stem Cell Action awardees, and to attend the Stem Cell Action Awards Dinner, please visit www.worldstemcellsummit.com. For media inquiries and registration for the 2011 World Stem Cell Summit, please contact Lynn Blenkhorn at: Lynn.Blenkhorn@fkhealth.com or (508) 851-0930.
About The Genetics Policy Institute
The Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) supports stem cell research to develop therapeutics and cures. GPI pursues its mission by honoring leadership through the Stem Cell Action Awards, producing the World Stem Cell Summit, publishing the World Stem Cell Report, organizing educational initiatives, and fostering strategic collaborations. For more information about GPI, visit www.genpol.org or call 888-238-1423.
About the 2011 World Stem Cell Summit
Presented by the Genetics Policy Institute, the World Stem Cell Summit brings together leaders in research, business, advocacy, finance, law and ethics to chart the future of regenerative medicine. This year’s summit, which will run from October 3 through 5, is co-organized by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, City of Hope, Cedars-Sinai Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC, California Institute of Technology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles, as well as over 225 sponsors, supporting organizations and media partners.
The 2011 program will feature more than 150 speakers with themes covering a wide range of topics including stem cell tourism, advances in wound care, stem cell politics, the billion dollar business potential, treatment progress in major disease areas, and the impact regenerative medicine on improving healthy lifespan. For more information on the 2011 World Stem Cell Summit, please visit: www.worldstemcellsummit.com/summit-agenda.