September 26, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

Why I’m running to be on the ISSCR Board

ISSCR_logoThe International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is the top stem cell organization in the world.

It works to advance stem cell research and makes a major, positive difference. I want to do what I can to aid that mission of ISSCR.

For that reason, I am running for election to the Board of ISSCR for 2015.

As much as I believe that ISSCR is already fantastic, even something great can get better and I have some new ideas for how to make that happen.

From what I understand, there will be 3-4 slots open for new Board members. These new Board members represent an opportunity for some fresh ideas at ISSCR.

Now, anyone can say that “I’m running” to be on the Board of ISSCR, but it’s not that simple.

The ISSCR Board election is a three-step process:

  • (1) Nomination by ISSCR members
  • (2) Chosen by the Nominations Committee to be on the ballot
  • (3) Voted to be on the Board by members from the candidates on the ballot.

What do I have in mind as goals if I made it through those 3 steps and ended up on the Board?

Through my stem cell research, my being an outspoken advocate for the stem cell field, and being a cancer survivor, I would be in a unique position to make a strong, positive impact on ISSCR as a new Board member and to advocate for some logical, helpful changes.

For years I have worked to advocate for the stem cell field and for evidence-based medicine. I have also built novel bridges between all the stakeholders (academics, industry scientists, physicians, patients, investors, regulators, advocates and more) in the stem cell arena including those with diverse viewpoints.

I would bring this experience and perspectives to the ISSCR Board. My overall goal would be to greatly expand and diversify ISSCR membership to include, for example, more scientists from industry, younger scientists, and patient advocates.

I hope I can make it on the ballot to try to make a positive difference.

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