NYSCF at the 92nd Street Y (2007): The Way Forward

The New York Stem Cell Foundation and the 92nd Street Y presented a panel discussion entitled Stem Cell Research: The Way Forward.

Michael J. Fox, award-winning actor, advocate and co-founder of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, made opening remarks, describing the desperate need for scientists to be able to “play a full-fledged role in realizing the promise of this science for every individual whose life is touched by disease.” Joining NYSCF CEO Susan Solomon for the panel discussion were: Chuck Close, renowned artist and patient advocate; Harold Varmus, MD, President and CEO of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and recipient of a Nobel Prize; the Honorable David A. Paterson, Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York; and Kevin Eggan, PhD, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and a 2006 MacArthur Fellow.   Leonard Lopate, host of the daily Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC radio, served as moderator.

The evening’s conversation shed light on how citizens, scientists, government, private philanthropy and patient advocates can work together most effectively to advance human embryonic stem cell research.