Advocates urge continued funding of adult stem-cell research, treatment

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July 6, 2015

Michael Gazzia, biological manufacturing analyst at Stemnion, holds a cryovial Sept. 23 inside the "clean room" at the new facility in Clearwater, Fla. The Pittsburgh-based regenerative medicine company recently opened the Florida lab near a Catholic hospital where placentas are donated for use in adult stem-cell research. (CNS photo/Tim Boyles, courtesy Catholic Health Association) (Sept. 28, 2010) See STEMCELL-PLACENTAS Sept. 28, 2010.

(CNS photo/Tim Boyles, courtesy Catholic Health Association) (Sept. 28, 2010)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing urged Congress to pass a reauthorization measure that would keep funding going for transplant programs that use adult stem cells from bone marrow and cord blood to treat diseases and for continued research.

“These programs are examples of how the Congress can inspire innovation to bring cures to patients across America,” said one witness, Dr. Jeffrey W. Chell, CEO of the National Marrow Donor Program.

Chell and Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, a professor at Duke University and director of the Carolina Cord Blood Bank, were among those who testified at a hearing titled “Examining Public Health Legislation,” convened June 25 by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s health subcommittee.

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