SfN Reiterates Support of Stem Cell Research
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SFN REITERATES SUPPORT OF STEM CELL RESEARCH
Court ruling banning federal research dollars effectively halts
promising medical discoveries
Washington, DC — The Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the nation’s and the world’s largest organization of scientists dedicated to research on the brain and nervous system, released the following statement today regarding the status of a federal court ruling banning federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The Obama Administration indicated that it would pursue rapid legal remedies as needed, and this week requested a stay of the order.
“While the extraordinary promise of stem cell research is only just beginning to be realized, the recent ruling blocking federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research effectively halts promising medical discoveries for the brain and nervous system,” said SfN President Michael E. Goldberg, MD. “Stem cells offer tremendous possibilities for new treatments for an array of deadly and debilitating diseases. On behalf of neuroscientists worldwide and the millions who may benefit from their discoveries, we appreciate the Administration’s swift action and efforts to ensure research continues.”
SfN strongly supports continued and careful use of stem cells to produce new treatments and to aid in the discovery of new drugs for a vast array of devastating diseases. More information regarding SfN’s stance on stem cells and their potential can be found at http://www.sfn.org.