|HADASSAH APPLAUDS FIRST NEW YORK STATE STEM CELL RESEARCH GRANTS
(New York, NY – January 9, 2008) – Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, applauds Governor Eliot Spitzer, Lieutenant Governor David Paterson, Health Commissioner Richard Daines, M.D, and the members of the Empire State Stem Cell Board for awarding the first New York State grants in support of stem cell research. These awards represent renewed hope for millions of New Yorkers who suffer from diseases whose potential treatment and cure could ultimately result from stem cell research.
According to Nancy Falchuk, National President of Hadassah, “The personal stories we have heard from our members – those suffering or with family members suffering from Parkinson’s, ALS, spinal chord injury, juvenile diabetes – make clear the need for stem cell research. The 33,000 Hadassah members in New York, along with all New Yorkers, stand to benefit tremendously from this research, which will put New York at the forefront of scientific inquiry.”
Hadassah, with 300,000 members in the U.S., is a powerful grassroots voice for Israel, health, and women’s issues, and is the founder and supporter of the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem. Scientists at its Goldyne Savad Institute of Gene Therapy were among the first in the world to derive embryonic stem cell lines. In March, 2005, Hadassah launched SOS: State of Stem Cells, with delegations visiting Albany first, then 49 other state capitals, addressing the issues with their legislators.