patient advocates

Today stem cell scientists and patient advocates are descending on Toronto for the annual meeting of the International Society for Stem Cell Research. Among those registering and preparing for three days of science is Don Reed, who is one of 20 patient advocates who received a CIRM stipend to attend. 

On his blog today, Reed writes about his trip to Toronto and the important role of patient advocates in promoting science:

Duane Roth, my colleague on the CIRM governing board where he serves as one of the vice-chairs, has just published an article, with the title, "The Third Seat at the Table: An Insider's Perspective on Patient Representatives," in the Hasting's Center Report. The Center, an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute, publishes its report six times a year to "explore the ethical, legal, and social issues in medicine, health care, public health, and the life sciences."