Stem Cell Fifty

In 2011, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Till & McCulloch’s historic discovery of stem cells, we asked 50 prominent people to give us one word that, for them, sums up the power and promise of stem cell science.

DYNAMIC

Stem cells have a dynamic ability to specialize, heal and renew. The future is bright. Damon Allen, CFL Great

MITZVAH

Mitzvah: that which we are both morally called to do, and want to do. Dan Ariely, Author & Economist

BLUEPRINT

Imagine, the ability to read and understand the blueprint to life itself. Tré Armstrong, TV Dance Judge

FOREFRONT

Canadians have been at the very forefront of stem cell research from the very beginning. Dr. Alan Bernstein, Founding Pres., CIHR

ENERGY

We can harness a cell’s energy to improve life by applying energy to research. Roberta Bondar, Astronaut

EVOLUTIONARY

Stem Cell Research is an evolutionary milestone that offers amazing potential for humanity. Liona Boyd, Classical Guitarist

PARENTHOOD

Children bring out the best in us; we must do our best for their future. Kurt Browning, Figure Skating Champ

HARMONY

We strive through stem cell therapy to bring harmony to the people of the world. Michael Burgess, Tenor & Stage Actor

VISION

A strong vision is so important in making the future brighter for all mankind. Rick Campanelli, Co-Host, ET Canada

STRENGTH

It takes strength to do what is right, to work together towards a common goal. Massimo Capra, Celebrity Chef

FIERCE

We must be fiercely dedicated to stem cell research, because lives are in the balance. Jarvis Church, Singer & Songwriter

TEAMWORK

With strong teamwork, we can overcome many obstacles and make all of our lives better. Wendel Clark, NHL Great

FEARLESS

The opposite of love is not hate, it’s fear. When you remove fear, anything’s possible. Carla Collins, Comedian & Author

IGNORANCE

Ignorance is the cause of so much unnecessary pain and conflict. Let’s up the knowledge! Bruce Croxon, CBC Dragons’ Den panelist

SPADEWORK

Canadians cultivated the soil of stem cell research, so all humanity might reap the benefits. Mark Cullen, Best-Selling Author

MOMENTOUS

Every journey begins with a single step. No better moment to begin than right now. Erin Davis, CHFI Morning Host

VOICE

Stem cell research raises a powerful voice that says: Together, we can renew the world. Marilyn Denis, TV & Radio Host

PERSUASION

First we must persuade ourselves that we can make a difference, and then we will. Arlene Dickinson, CBC Dragons’ Den panelist

JOY

Let stem cell research bring more joy through healthy children and thankful parents. Erica Ehm, Yummy Mummy Club Creator

DISCOVERY

Discovery, hope and technology together can go a long way to shape the future. Richard Florida, Author & Theorist

VISION

The seemingly impossible becomes possible when we are united and inspired by a shared vision. John Furlong, former President, VANOC

TEAM

An amazing team discovered stem cells, creating an unstoppable synergy that will advance humankind. Humble & Fred, Radio Personalities

BELIEVE

When we truly believe, anything is possible. Susan Hay, Global TV Anchor, Toronto

DRIVEN

Our ability to achieve is only limited by our ability to dream. Robert Herjavec, CBC’s Dragons’ Den panelist

EMPOWERING

Supporting stem cell research gives power to those suffering from ‘incurable’ diseases and conditions. Paul Venoit, Style/Beauty Expert

COMMITMENT

Commitment reflects the importance of diligently pursuing excellence and never giving up on a goal. Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir, Olympic & World Champions

HEALING

Stem cells show that we humans still have the power to heal — to never abandon our humanity. Dan Hill, Singer & Songwriter

GRATITUDE

To researchers who work doggedly to unlock mysteries and spare families sadness and loss. Heather Hiscox, CBC News Host

LAUGHTER

Just as laughter heals the soul, stem cell treatment will heal the body. Ron James, Comedian, CBC Host

SCORE

Every advance in medicine and stem cell research is a goal scored for the world. Suneel Joshi, CTV Sports Anchor

LIFE

The extraordinary commitment to stem cell research is a powerful affirmation of life. Karen Kain, Ballet Legend

DIGNITY

Think of the dignity that awaits so many human beings via continued research and discovery! Chantal Kreviazuk, Singer & Songwriter

AWESOME

As overused as the word may be, stem cell research truly is… awesome. Darren Lamb, CHUM-FM Co-Host

CURIOSITY

It’s the heart of every question; nothing gets answered without the right question being asked. Amanda Lang, CBC Co-Host

CANADIAN

Stem cells are the most important contribution that Canadian scientists have made to health science. The Hon. Anne McLellan, Former Deputy PM, Canada

SPARK

Stem cell research will be the spark that re-imagines human biology in the 21st century. Anne Mroczkowski, Global TV co-Anchor

OPTIMISM

To support this research is, simply, to believe in a world better than this one. Ben Mulroney, Co-Host, CTV’s eTalk

PROFITS

Imagine the profits humanity will reap once stem cell treatments and therapy become the norm. Kevin O’Leary, CBC’s Dragons’ Den panelist

C-STEMMED

Oxford dictionary 20??; verb; Stem cells successfully repairing, healing and renewing damaged cells. Dini Petty, TV Personality

TRANSFORMATIVE

Stem cells represent the most significant scientific advancement we will experience in our lifetime. Dr. Martha Piper, Former UBC President & Vice-Chancellor

POTENTIAL

They have the potential to differentiate into different cell types and treat and cure disease. Valerie Pringle, Journalist & TV Host

HEAL

It’s what stem cells have done for me, and the promise they hold for others. Lisa Ray, Actor & Activist

KNOWLEDGE

The knowledge of science can heal, and find cures for, life-limiting medical conditions. Leslie Roberts, Global TV Co-Anchor

INNOVATION

Thanks to the numerous scientific innovations made by our Canadian scientists, many of our friends are still alive. Monika Schnarre, Supermodel & TV Host

PLURIPOTENT

Stem cells are pluripotent — their developmental potentials are endless. So are the healing possibilities they bring. Dr. Marla Shapiro, Medical Expert, Canada AM

FAMILY

Stem cells can support, nurture, and turn your life around. Like every great family. Brian Stemmle, Four-time Olympian

WELLBEING

Stem cells offer exciting promise of a second chance at good health and wellbeing. Trish Stratus, WWE Champ & Actress

MIRACLES

The discovery and development of stem cells has given us great hope and incredible miracles. Canadian Tenors, Vocal Quartet

BOUNDLESS

There are untold miracles about to unfold. Beverly Thomson, Co-Host, Canada AM

BREAKTHROUGH

It’s that moment we all hope for, a moment that can change everything. Ziya Tong, Host, Discovery Channel

EXPLORE

Through a continuous search for new ideas and opportunities we’ll improve our world!Jim Treliving, CBC’s Dragons’ Den panelist