Get Involved

CIRM’s mission is to support research that accelerates treatments to patients in need. Join us in this mission by getting involved with stem cell outreach and advocacy. Here’s how:

Educate Yourself

The most important thing you can do to promote stem cell research is to know the work. Those opposed to stem cell research circulate myths about the ethics of stem cell research and about the superiority of other avenues of research. Counter those arguments with facts. Below are resources to help.

Find Out More:
Learn about the research with our Stem Cell FAQ
Discover the truth behind common myths and misconceptions about stem cell research
Follow the latest in regenerative medicine research on our blog, The Stem Cellar

Educate Others

Patient Advocates

People living with disease—or those who care for those who are—understand why we need cures better than anyone. If you support stem cell research, become a patient advocate by contacting your local disease association chapter and offer to share its resources on stem cell research.

You can also contact your chamber of commerce or other community groups to educate people about the value of the research and the value of CIRM for the state of California. Many of the links on this page will take you to resources you can share.

Scientists

Industry professionals, professors, postdocs, graduate students and undergraduates with knowledge of regenerative medicine or biotechnology can educate high school students across California. You can submit your own materials for teachers to use, present in classrooms using existing CIRM-developed materials, or start a Stem Cell Education Outreach Program.

Find Out More:
Get involved in stem cell education
Download prepared PowerPoint presentations on stem cell research

Speak Up

If you see good, well-balanced stories about stem cell research, share the story on social media. Most newspapers and magazines allow comments to stories online. While you are there, correct people who have posted erroneous information.

This is the best way of correcting common misconceptions such as the idea that embryonic stem cells come from aborted fetuses (they don't) or that embryonic stem cells are no longer needed (they are).

Write Your Legislators

Let them know that you support good regulations for stem cell research like those proposed by the National Academy of Science and CIRM. Let them know that you want to see new cures for our most devastating diseases.

Know What's Happening with Stem Cell Policies

Federal

U.S. policies regarding funding for human embryonic stem cell research have gone through dynamic changes over the past decade. Here’s how to stay informed about new policies at the federal level:

Stem Cell Action Coalition
IASCR federal framework for stem cell research

State

Many states have policies regarding stem cell research—some promoting the research and others prohibiting it. The Interstate Alliance on Stem Cell Research has a list of states with stem cell research programs.

IASCR state stem cell programs list

International

Many international groups fund or promote stem cell research within the countries. The NIH maintains a list of those organizations:

NIH list of international stem cell groups

Tissue Donation

We receive many requests from people interested in donating tissue for stem cell research. CIRM does not directly accept tissue donations. We fund stem cell research at institutions throughout the state of California but do not run labs of our own.

However, institutes around the state are doing work that could benefit from donated samples, such as embryos, eggs, and sperm. Below are some resources to help you learn more about tissue donation.

Find Out More:
Grantee institutions carrying out stem cell research near you.
The tissue donation program at the University of California San Francisco.
CIRM-funded Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Initiative.
Sign up to be a bone marrow donor through the National Marrow Donor Program.

The Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Initiative

The iPSC Initiative is a major effort of California's stem cell agency. The goal: to create a collection of stem cells developed from thousands of individuals like you.

Collected into a cell bank, the stem cells will represent a wide range of diseases and conditions such as heart, lung, liver, eye disease, Alzheimer's disease and childhood neurological disorders like autism. These banked stem cells will be made available to researchers around the world. Such a resource will spur large-scale research that cannot be accomplished by a single laboratory working in isolation.

Find Out More:
Read the iPSC Initiative brochure for more information
Read our blog and press release about the initiative

Additional Resources:
See our printable documents to take to meetings and events that explain CIRM’s progress and value to accelerating stem cell research
Stem cell images, logos and background materials to educate others

For further questions please contact us: info@cirm.ca.gov

Disease Programs

Learn about how stem cell research could generate the therapies for many chronic diseases and injuries

See disease fact sheets

CIRM Stem Cell Blog