Mar 2010

The Stem Cell Charter

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The Stem Cell Charter was the first initiative of the Canadian Stem Cell Foundation. It was a call to action in support of stem cell science that you answered with passion and enthusiasm.

Since its release last September, we’ve been astounded by the Charter’s ability to bring people together and inspire them to speak out about stem cell science in powerful and creative ways.
Some highlights from the journey so far:

  • September 22, 2009: The Charter is released at the World Stem Cell Summit in Baltimore, MD. The Charter website, “Rock Star Scientists” video and 11 mini-videos are released at the same time. The Charter receives national press attention.
  • September 25, 2009: 1,000 people sign the Charter in the first 72 hours after its release.
  • October-December, 2009: Organizations from around the world became organizational signatories to the Charter, including the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR), Stem Cell Network (SCN), Australian Stem Cell Centre, Cancer Stem Cell Consortium, Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) among others.
  • November 12-14, 2009: The inaugural Stem Cell Charter Sign&Share Rally. Dedicated volunteers from across the country spread the word using social media in innovative ways. The result: 1,000 new Charter community members in just 48 hours.

The success of the Charter allows the Foundation to move forward with the support of a committed community of stem cell supporters. As of today, 3,267 individuals and 10 organizations have signed the Charter. Not a bad start, and the community is growing. Are you as excited as we are about where this movement is heading?

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