September 8th, 2010
10:24 AM ET
4 years ago

Michael J. Fox: Keep funding stem cell research

 Michael J. Fox says stem cell research should be funded.
Michael J. Fox says stem cell research should be funded.

Editor's note: Michael J. Fox is an Emmy Award winning actor, best-selling author and advocate for Parkinson's research. His foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's.

(CNN) - Biomedical research is complicated. For patients, the pace of progress can be frustratingly slow. Two announcements last month - one about biomarkers, the other about stem cell research - left many of us feeling that for every promising discovery, there are even greater setbacks.

We started August with good news about the discovery of an Alzheimer's biological marker in spinal fluid that will allow earlier diagnosis of patients who are experiencing some memory loss. It may not sound sexy. But for Alzheimer's patients and their loved ones, the significance of this finding is hard to overstate.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Naqib

    Stem cell research is being funded... just not with embryos....

    September 8, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Ronald Reagan was against stem cell research until he found it could help him in his latter years. That's why Nancy is a staunch advocate.

    September 8, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Hunter of the lib hunter

    Why do republicans want to destroy America? Every opportunity we have to advance science to help people who suffer, some right wingnut, gets on Fox and tells people that pain and suffering is good.

    Notice that no elected republican agreed with Gen. Patraeous and spoke up and told Rev. Jones in Gainesville that his inane act of burning the Quran is not only going to get our troops overseas killed, but American workers and tourists as well. Hitler burned books, and this religious nut and his flock of Gainesville groundhogs are no better. There has to be a limit to right wing religious republican ignorance, but we have not witnessed it yet.

    September 8, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Ben Singleton

    My spouse recently died as the result of Parkinson's Disease. PD is a nasty state of life, for sure. The one thing I learned from all the distress and disability is to trust in God. Human diseases are natural, as is death. We just need to be prepared to face adversities when they come our way rather than go ballistic about finding a "cure" just for ourself. The rising rate of PD is likely a result of abuse of our bodies in one way or another. Diseases are all part of the natural, fallen state of Man. Ask God to grant you grace from day to day to face your situations.

    September 8, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    That's a religious issue......and you are fighting organized religion, who has absolutely zero common sense.

    Good luck with that.

    September 8, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  6. Sniffit

    Here's to hope.

    But seriously, the GOP will be shutting down the gov't next year if they win...funding for stem cell research will be top of the list of what gets the axe...along with horrifying atrocities like union jobs created by infrastructure projects and abject silliness like regulatory oversight of offshore oil drilling and Wall Street.

    September 8, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Shawn-GA

    Just as much good can come from cord cells as embryonic cells. This is always put to the side and ignored.

    September 8, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  8. Shawn-GA

    BTW this is coming from someone who suffers from MS. My pain does NOT give me the right to take another potential life.

    September 8, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. John Hennessy Black

    Full biomedical research needs to continue and progress at even faster rates with full Federal funding for ALL aspects of this research.

    It is long past due for our government to fully get behind this research, with all the funding they can possibly obtain...

    September 8, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Marty, FL

    Amen, keep funding stem cell research.

    Our nephew has childhood diabetes, and this vital research has great potential to help him and other fellow Americans facing challenging conditions.

    September 8, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  11. U.S. Common Sense

    You don't need federal funds for stem cell research. In an industry that is just behind the oil industry in terms of profits, there is plenty of on-hand cash to invest in medical research.

    September 8, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  12. Mike in SA

    We ARE funding stem cell research and it's going quite well, thank you.

    September 8, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. jules sand-perkins

    Yes!
    Thanks for the sanity, Michael J. Fox.

    September 8, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  14. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Sorry, Mr Fox, but the god the neo-cons worship wants you to suffer. It's good for your "soul," whatever that may be.

    September 8, 2010 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Josh Rachlis

    My sister, who's in her mid 30's, was just diagnosed with Parkinson's. I stand with you, Michael, and pray that we can get past this barbaric opposition to research and find a cure quickly for you and my sister and everyone with a condition that needs a cure.

    September 8, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  16. TC

    I absolutely agree that we should continue stem cell research.....just not Embryonic stem cell research!

    September 8, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |