How to Help
Let the world know that you support Stem Cell Science!
Sign/Read the chater by visiting www.stemcellfoundation.ca/#/charter
Backgrounder (Pulled from the above site, all rights reserved to Canadian Stem Cell Foundation)
About the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation
The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is a champion for stem cell science worldwide.
We bring together influential stakeholders, partners, leading scientists and the public to create
an international dialogue around stem cell science and to support innovation in advancing
education and therapy.
The discovery of stem cells by Canadians Jim Till and Ernest McCulloch in 1961 heralded the
development of the field of stem cell science. Their work and the work being done each day in
stem cell research labs is critically important to the future of humanity. Science is moving
closer to groundbreaking treatments and cures for debilitating and often fatal diseases such as
MS, cancer, diabetes, blindness and stroke. Our focus on education and public dialogue
engages and unifies a growing stem cell community and supports this vital science.
Established in 2008, the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is an independent, charitable
organization based out of Ottawa, Ontario.
About our programs
The Canadian Stem Cell Foundation is creating initiatives and programs designed to do
educate and unify the public in support of stem cell science.
We’re educating: Too often, the essence of discovery gets lost in the scientific details. One of
our goals is to move the dialogue into a sphere that everybody – patients, policy makers,
scientists, community leaders and the public – can participate in. Initial educational tools are
already housed on the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation website, and include a collection of
current research in specific disease areas and a series of videos.
“Rock Star Scientists” is a video showcasing internationally renowned scientists asking the
world one question – why aren’t we doing more to advance stem cell research? From stem cell
legend Janet Rossant, who created a mouse from a single cell, to Sam Weiss, who discovered
neural stem cells, and Andras Nagy, who recently discovered a new way to reprogram stem
cells; these 11 scientists are leaders in their field. This video is intended to increase awareness
and kick start public dialogue around stem cell science.
Stem Cell Mini Videos are just that, short video clips about different areas of stem cell research
featuring some of the world’s leading stem cell scientists. Derek van der Kooy speaks about
curing blindness using retinal stem cells. Freda Miller describes how we can use skin cells to
create stem cells that could treat spinal cord injury. And stem cell pioneer Jim Till talks about
the discovery of stem cells back in 1961. Designed for the public, these videos are a great
introduction to the remarkable work being done in the field.
We’re unifying: Stem cells can cure. All humanity has a vested interest in finding these cures
and moving them to the clinic. The Stem Cell Charter (stemcellcharter.org) is a collective call
to action in support of this. It is a web-based, interactive document that affirms the importance
of stem cell science to humanity and articulates five principles relating to how it should be
advanced – responsible science, protection of citizens, intellectual freedom, transparency and
integrity. The Stem Cell Charter also engages signatories to help build the Charter community
and lend their voice, time or other resources to champion the cause.
To learn more about the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation, visit stemcellfoundation.ca.
To read and sign the petition please visit: www.stemcellfoundation.ca/#/charter