Joe Brown and his wife Nina accept TFN’s 2007 Samantha Smoot Activist Award from TFN President Kathy Miller.

The TFN family lost a dear friend yesterday with the passing of Joe Brown of Houston. Joe was one of the founders of Texans for Advancement of Medical Research (TAMR), which, under Joe’s leadership, grew to become one of the state’s leading voices in the struggle to promote and protect stem cell research.

TFN worked alongside Joe and his wife Nina over a number of years, always finding them a source of encouragement and inspiration. That’s why we awarded them our highest award — the Samantha Smoot Activist Award — in 2007, noting the things that made them such effective advocates and remarkable people:… Read More

The Texas Freedom Network supports stem cell research, which offers hope to millions of people struggling with serious medical conditions like cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes and spinal cord injuries. But each legislative session religious-right groups try to ban one of the most promising form of this research — embryonic stem cell research — in Texas.

You can learn more about stem cell research and its benefits both to patients and to Texas at the 3rd Annual Stem Cell Research Symposium on October 19 in Austin. The event, sponsored by Texans for Stem Cell Research and Texas Cures Education Foundation, will be at the Texas Capitol.

Learn more about the event and speakers here. You can reserve a seat at the symposium, which is free and open to the public, here.… Read More

Want to learn more about stem cell therapies and current research? Our friends at Texans for Stem Cell Research are hosting a series of educational events focused on this promising medical research. The next event, on Tuesday, April 19, in Austin, features Dr. Sean Savitz, director of Cellular Therapy and Translational Stroke Research at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, and Dr. Jay Schneider, assistant professor in the Department of Cardiology at UT Southwestern Medical School. The event is 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Antone’s, 213 West Fifth Street, in Austin. Click here for more information or to register to attend.

The Texas Freedom Network remains a proud defender of stem cell research, including research involving embryonic stem cells. This promising medical research gives hope to patients and their families struggling with serious medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injuries. TFN is monitoring the current legislative session and stands ready to work with TCSR and Texans for the Advancement of Medical Research to stop far-right attempts to restrict or even ban such research in Texas. You can help by joining TFN’s Stand Up for Science Rapid ResponseRead More

The religious right’s war on science and responsible medical research in Texas is sure to heat up during the current legislative session in Austin. So the Texas Freedom Network is once again working with coalition partners to defend one of the far right’s major targets: embryonic stem cell research.

You can help by joining TFN ‘s Stand Up for Science Rapid Response Team. We will keep team members updated on how they can take action to defend this promising medical research in Texas during the legislative session.

In addition, Texans for the Advancement of Medical Research (TAMR) has an online petition in support of embryonic stem cell research.

And Texans for Stem Cell Research (TSCR) is kicking off a series of educational events on stem cell research on Tuesday in Austin.

In recent legislative sessions TFN, TAMR, TCSR and others have succeeded in blocking legislation that would essentially ban embryonic stem cell research at Texas public institutions. Join us as we continue working to keep hope alive for patients and their families struggling with serious medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, cancer and spinal cord injuries.… Read More

Stem cell research, which gives hope to so many people struggling with serious medical conditions like Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and cancer, remains a political battleground in Texas. While embryonic stem cell research is currently legal in Texas, religious-right groups continue to pressure lawmakers to ban that important work or severely limit its funding.

In 2009, for example, the Texas Freedom Network and coalition partners helped stop legislators from barring any state funding for a public institution that conducts medical research involving embryonic stem cells. Among our coalition partners was Texans for Stem Cell Research.

TSCR is working hard again this year to educate Texans on the benefits of stem cell research both for patients and for the Texas economy. The group will kick off a series of educational events on Tuesday, February 8, in Austin. That first event — 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Cover 3, 2700 West Anderson Lane, #202 — will feature speakers Dr. Tom Caven of University Medical Center Brackenridge and Seton Clinical Research in Austin and William Sitton of StemCyte, Inc., in California. The TSCR Learn for Life 2011 series allows folks to meet experts in the field, learn about therapies and current research… Read More

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