Twelve renowned research doctors took a day off recently from leading medical breakthroughs in groundbreaking stem cell research to doff their lab coats, and give Sabrina a sneak peek into their private lives.
The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research (SCF) was founded in 2006 by advocate and quadriplegic, Sabrina Cohen, with the intent to be a leader in the fight against disease. Sabrina used her powers of persuasion to convince some of America’s top scientists in Regenerative Medicine to swap out their luminous titles for a day in exchange for being a Pin-Up Man of the Month. The result is the 2011 “CELLebrity” Doctors Calendar hitting the market just in time for the New Year and charitable contribution season.
“The calendar not only gives us a great candid shot of these men in their own personal environments doing something they love outside of work,” says Sabrina, “but also gives us a sense of their commitment to this research and changing the way we treat untreatable conditions.”
Dr. Hans Keirstead, University of California, Irvine (October/cover) is undertaking the first U.S. FDA approved human clinical trials utilizing embryonic stem cells for spinal injury “until wheelchairs are a thing of the past.”
Dr. Joshua Hare (February), Miami’s Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute, pioneered a new methodology for the treatment of heart attacks by injecting the patient’s own stem cells into their heart, repairing damaged muscle.
Dr. Robert Lanza (July), CSO Advanced Cell Technology, just received FDA approval for the second embryonic stem cell trial to treat patients diagnosed with Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy, an incurable affliction that destroys vision in children.
SCF is operated as an “Organization for Cures” dedicated to funding advanced stages of research that will accelerate the discovery, development and delivery of therapeutics for all diseases that can benefit. Sabrina believes her wheelchair is her vehicle to promote change in the world. She was recognized by WebMD Magazine as a 2009 “American Health Hero”.
The calendar is available online at CELLebrityDocsCalendar.com. All proceeds directly fund advanced stages of stem cell clinical research.
For more information, visit SabrinaCohenFoundation.org