The world's first human embryonic stem cell-based clinical trial has been approved for the treatment of spinal cord injury. Oswald Steward, Director of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine and member of the CIRM Governing Board, discusses the pioneering work that led to the clinical trial and Roman Reed gives a personal perspective of spinal cord injury and his patient advocacy work. Reed is president of the Roman Reed Foundation and was the inspiration for California's Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999. For more info, go to: http://www.cirm.ca.gov/SpinalCordInjury_facts
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Roman Reed, 33 years old, suffered a spinal cord injury in 1994 leaving him confined to a wheelchair. Immediately after his injury he dedicated himself to advocating for embryonic stem cell research funding to find cures for MS, Parkinsons, Alzheimers and those with similar injuries. As Roman puts it, "It's ridiculous to think that those who are suffering are not worth embryoninc stem cells...There is nothing more pro-life than trying to help the suffering. That's what Jesus did. So tell me what's wrong with that?"
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A Dr. at Duke said like ~10 yrs before a reputable cure from Stem Cells will be found. Fingers crossed it'll happen a little sooner than that ;) I am paraplegic(20 years in a wheelchair) with Website http://wheelchairstyl.com, https://sites.google.com/site/wheelchairstyle/home, http://wheelchairstyl.com, http://wheelchairstyle & https://twitter.com/#!/Wheelchairstyl . Many of the things i do are either done wrong or incorrectly. Doing things the incorrect way is probably what made me paraplegic in the first place. Even though they are probably not correct, i hope my video gives you an idea you might possibly be able to do safely & correctly yourself. Follow these videos at your own risk :)
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