Our Coalition

We’re a growing coalition of California patient advocates, scientists, and doctors who support the 2020 ballot initiative to continue funding for stem cell research, treatments and cures. To join our coalition, please click here


Titles & affiliations of individual members are for identification purposes only

Patient Advocate Organizations
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Act to Cure

African Americans Against Alzheimer’s

ALS Association, Golden West Chapter

ALS Association, National Chapter

ALS CURE Project

Alzheimer’s Los Angeles

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

American Bone Health

American Chronic Pain Association

American Diabetes Association

Arthritis Foundation

Association of Northern California Oncologists

Axis Advocacy

Beyond Type 1

California Hepatitis C Task Force

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Conquer Paralysis Now

CURE - Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy

Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc.

Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation


Fanconi Anemia Research Fund



Hilarity for Charity (HFC)

Huntington's Disease Society of America

Immune Deficiency Foundation

International Association of Hepatitis Task Forces

International Foundation for Autoimmune & Autoinflammatory Arthritis (AiArthritis)

International Society for Stem Cell Research

JDRF International

Jeffrey Modell Foundation

Joseph P. Roberson Foundation

Latinos Against Alzheimer’s

Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Leeza’s Care Connection

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Loving Mind Institute

National Eczema Association

National Hispanic Medical Association

National Multiple Sclerosis Society


One Mind

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Parkinson Alliance

Parkinson’s Foundation

Parkinson’s Unity Walk

Project ALS

Regenerative Medicine Foundation


SCID Angels for Life

Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California

Spinal Cord Injury Network International

Spinal Network

Stand Among Friends

Student Society for Regenerative Medicine

Summit for Stem Cell

Team Parkinson

The Latino Cancer Institute

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Us Against Alzheimer’s

Wings for Life

Women Against Alzheimer’s

Medical & Research Institutes
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Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR)

The Lundquist Institute

Other Major Institutions
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University of California Board of Regents


Titles & affiliations of individual members are for identification purposes only

Individuals: Patient Advocates
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Andrea Miller

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Andrew Yi

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Brianna Capers

Sickle Cell patient advocate

Cathy Teal

Executive Director, FAIR Foundation

Chris Barr

Spinal cord injury patient advocate

Christine Von Raesfeld

Board Member, More Than Lupus

Collins Ngyuen

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Crisylle Blanton

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Daniel Perry

Founder and Director, Alliance for Aging Research
Former Chair, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR)

David R. Higgins, Ph.D.

Parkinson’s Disease patient advocate

Darcy Blake

Parkinson’s patient advocate

Debra Capers

Sickle Cell patient advocate

Diane Winokur

ALS patient advocate

Dorian Archie

Sickle Cell patient advocate

Eve Hiott

Parkinson’s patient advocate

Frances Burke

MS patient advocate

George Vradenburg

Chairman & Co-Founder, Us Against Alzheimer’s

German Barrero

Retinitis Pigmentosa patient advocate

James Stewart

District Activist Leader, National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Joe Riggs, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Loving Mind Institute, Inc.
President, Student Society for Regenerative Medicine

John G. Ball

Co-Chair, Team Parkinson

Judy Robertson

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Karen Miner

Spinal cord injury patient advocate

Kristin Macdonald

Retinitis Pigmentosa patient advocate

Lauren Miller Rogen

Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Advocate
Co-Founder, Hilarity for Charity

Leeza Gibbons

Founder, Leeza’s Care Connection

Lennice Ambrose

Executive Director, Spinal Cord Injury Network International

Lester Julian Savit

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Madonna Long

Advocate for people with disabilities

Marissa Cors

Co-Founder, The Sickle Cell Experience

Mark Fischer-Colbrie

Former Chairman of the Board, JDRF International
Chair of Leadership Giving, JDRF Greater Bay Area chapter

Marty Acevedo

Board Member, Parkinson’s Association of San Diego

Mary Woolley

President & CEO, Research!America

Mike Piscotty

President, ALS CURE Project

Nita Thompson

Sickle Cell patient advocate, World Sickle Cell Federation

Norma Miramontes

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Patricia Furlong

President & CEO, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Peter T. Wilderotter

President & CEO, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Raymond Garcia

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Robert P. Ladd

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Rosalinda Barrero

Retinitis Pigmentosa patient advocate

Shelley Page

Type 1 Diabetes patient advocate

Shivani Thombare

Leader, Student Society for Regenerative Medicine

Steve DeWitte

Founder, Connecticut Advocates for Parkinson’s

Tamara Schuff

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

Traci Caudle

Sickle Cell patient advocate, Axis Advocacy

Veronica Duenas

Huntington’s Disease patient advocate

William M. Remak

Chairman and President of the Board, California Hepatitis C Task Force
Chair, International Association of Hepatitis Task Forces

Individuals: Nobel Prize Winners
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David Baltimore, Ph.D.

President Emeritus & Professor of Biology, Caltech
Nobel Prize winner, Physiology or Medicine (1975)

Harold E. Varmus, M.D.

Former Director, National Institutes of Health
Former Director, National Cancer Institute
Nobel Prize winner, Physiology or Medicine (1989)

John B. Gurdon, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge
Nobel Prize winner, Physiology or Medicine (2012)

Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, UCLA School of Medicine
Nobel Prize winner, Physiology or Medicine (1998)

Mario R. Capecchi, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics, University of Utah
Nobel Prize winner, Physiology or Medicine (2007)

Shinya Yamanaka, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease
Professor of Anatomy, UCSF
Nobel Prize winner, Physiology or Medicine (2012)

Individuals: Science & Medicine
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Aileen Anderson, Ph.D.

Director, Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center, UC Irvine

Alan S. Wayne, M.D.

Director, Cancer & Blood Disease Institute, Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Alison Butler, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCSB
Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Andrew McMahon, Ph.D.

Director, Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, USC
Member, National Academy of Sciences

Anthony Atala, M.D.

Professor of Urology and Regenerative Medicine

Antoni Ribas, M.D., Ph.D.

President, American Association for Cancer Research
Professor of Medicine & Surgery, UCLA

Arnold Kriegstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, UCSF

Camilla Forsberg, Ph.D.

Professor, Biomolecular Engineering, UC Santa Cruz

Carin Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Director, Stem Cell Technology Program, City College of San Francisco

Catriona Jamieson, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
Deputy Director, Moores Cancer Center, UCSD

Charlene Smith, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Irvine

Claire Pomeroy, M.D.

President & CEO, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health

Clive Svendsen, Ph.D.

Director, Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, Cedars-Sinai

Dan Gincel, Ph.D.

VP University Partnership, TEDCO
Executive Director, Maryland Stem Cell Research Fund

Dan Gusfield, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, UC Davis

Daniel Kraft, M.D.

Chair, Medicine, Singularity University

David Schaffer, Ph.D.

Director, Berkeley Stem Cell Center, UC Berkeley

David W. Martin, M.D.

Former Chief of Medical Genetics, UCSF

Deepak Srivastava, M.D.

Director, Roddenberry Stem Cell Center, Gladstone Institutes

Dennis Clegg, Ph.D.

Professor, Wilcox Family Chair in BioMedicine, UC Santa Barbara

Diana Azurdia, Ph.D.

Director for Recruitment and Inclusion, Graduate Programs in Bioscience, UCLA

Donald B. Kohn, M.D.

Distinguished Professor, Broad Stem Cell Research Center, UCLA

Dory Escobar, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco

Edward W. Holmes, M.D.

President & CEO, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
Vice Chancellor/Dean Emeritus of Health Sciences, UCSD

Evan Y. Snyder, M.D., Ph.D.

Founding Director, Center for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Francine Kaufman, M.D.

Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics & Communications, USC
Past President, American Diabetes Association

Franklin D. Niver, D.M.D.

Periodontist, Encino

Fred "Rusty" Gage, Ph.D.

President, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Professor, Neuroscience, UCSD
Member, National Academy of Sciences

Gary L. Gitnick, M.D.

Professor of Medicine & Chief of the Division of Digestive Diseases, UCLA School of Medicine

Gay Crooks, M.D., M.B.B.S.

Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UCLA

Hans Clevers, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Molecular Genetics

Henry J. Klassen, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Stem Cell & Retinal Regeneration Program, UC Irvine

Hsin-ya Yang, Ph.D.

Project Scientist, UC Davis

Irving Weissman, M.D.

Director, Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University

Jacob Punnamkuzhyil, Ph.D.

Professor, Humboldt State University

Jan Nolta, Ph.D.

Director, Stem Cell Program, UC Davis School of Medicine

Jeff Steindorf, Ph.D.

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

Johannes Schöneberg, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scholar, Molecular and Cell Biology Department, UC Berkeley

John A. Zaia, M.D.

Director, Center for Gene Therapy, City of Hope
Program Director, Alpha Stem Cell Clinic, City of Hope

John Reidling, Ph.D.

Project Scientist, Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, UC Irvine

Jonathan Thomas, Ph.D., J.D.

Chairman of the Board, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine
Chair of the ICOC, Governing Board

Joseph C. Wu, M.D., Ph.D.

Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute

Judith A. Shizuru, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Medicine and Pediatrics, Stanford University

Judith C. Gasson, Ph.D.

Professor, Medicine & Biological Chemistry, UCLA
Director, UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kelly A. Frazer, Ph.D.

Director, Institute for Genomic Medicine, UCSD

Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D.

President, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Kyle M. Loh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Anthony DiGenova Endowed Faculty Scholar, Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine

Lana Zholudeva, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Gladstone Institutes

Lawrence Goldstein, Ph.D.

Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center, UCSD
Member, National Academy of Sciences

Leslie Thompson, Ph.D.

Chancellor’s Professor, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, UC Irvine School of Medicine

Lindsay Hink, Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, UC Santa Cruz

Lindsey Skrdlant, Ph.D.

Process Development Scientist

Maher Abdel-Sattar, Pharm.D., M.S.

Consulting Pharmacist & UCSF alumnus

Maria Grazia Roncarolo, M.D.

Co-Director, Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University

Marion Kavanaugh-Lynch, M.D., MPH

Director, California Breast Cancer Research Program

Marius Wernig, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology, Stanford University

Matthias Hebrok, Ph.D.

Director, Diabetes Center, UCSF

Michael Pulsipher, M.D.

Attending Physician, Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Mitra J. Hooshmand, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor, UCLA

Nicole Bournias-Vardiabasis, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biology, California State University, San Bernardino

Olaia Fernandez Vila, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Scientist, Gladstone Institute for Cardiovascular Research

Owen Witte, M.D.

Founding Director, Broad Stem Cell Research Center, UCLA
Member, National Academy of Sciences

Paul Knoepfler, Ph.D.

Professor, Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, UC Davis

Paula Cannon, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Cross School Programs for the MESH Academy, USC

Peter Coffey, Ph.D.

Co-Director, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Engineering, UC Santa Barbara

Peter Donovan, Ph.D.

Professor, Developmental and Cell Biology, UC Irvine

Philip A. Pizzo, M.D.

Former Dean and Professor, Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

Prue Talbot, Ph.D.

Professor of Cell Biology, UC Riverside

Raymond Barglow, Ph.D.

Founder, Berkeley Tutors Network

Reza Ardehali, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Cardiology, UCLA

Rodica Stan, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist, Center for Gene Therapy, City of Hope

Sarah R. Hernandez, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Scholar, UC Irvine

Serah Kang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Gladstone Institutes

Todd C. McDevitt, Ph.D.

Senior Investigator, Gladstone Institutes
Professor, Departments of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF

William Lowry, Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCLA

Wise Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Founding Director, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University

Zinat Choudhury, M.D.

Family Medicine Physician

Other Individuals
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Adam Torres

Adam Wayne

Adrineh Oroujian

Alessandra Rodriguez y Baena

Alex Heston

Alice Mendoza

Allen C. Eaves

Amber Keith

Amendeep Phagura

Amy Daly

Amy Friedkin

Andrew Baca

Andrew Gagnon

Angela Kenney

Ann Ulibarri

AnnDee Levy

Antara Rao

Anthony Gallegos

Aradhana Verma

Arsenia Harrison

Aurelie Fuentes

Barbara Miller

Barbara S. Frey

Barbara Reed

Benjamin Boyer

Bernardo Chavarri

Beryl Bunt

Billy Kendrick

Brendan Gellman

Brent Scott Booth

Brian Lee Pelton

Brian McGuire

Carol Ann Henney Jacobs

Carol Eisner

Carol Saal

Caroline Carr

Carolyn Dundes

Celeste Anacker

Charleen Ragsac

Charles Clark

Charlie Toledo

Chris St. John

Christina Ferrell, Ph.D.

Christine Wallace

Christopher Barr

Christopher Janney

Cindy Seip

Claude Caidor

Connie Varela

Cora L. Irwin

Cory Schulz

Courtney Dow

Cynthia L. Gass

Daniel Fregoso

Daniel Haders II, Ph.D.

Daniel Ignacio

Darrell O'Sullivan

David Carmel

David Child

David Jones

Deanna Knickerbocker

Deborah Freppon-Cobb

Derek W. DeCicco

Diana Lee Keyes

Diane Pensinger

Don Davies

Dora Hanford

Dorothy Eppler

Doug Peterson

Edward M. Feinstein

Eileen Woodfill

Elaine Lowrey

Elise Feldscher

Elizabeth Bandley

Ellen Kroninger

Elsie Tudd

Elyse Lyon

Emily Fairbairn

Felicia Aron

Flora Calem

Frances Garland

Franklin C. Lewis

Freda Surace

Gail Hobbs

Gary Fields

Gary Schlegel

George Baker

George Georganas

Gladys Brown

Gladys Pasiecznik

Gordon Labossiere

Gregg A. Gellman

Greta Robinson

Hank Ramirez

Harold Shabo

Haytham Mohamed

Heather Boyle

Hugo Aldana

Iris Hurbert

Jacqueline Hantgan

Jacqueline Tidball

James Meyer

Janice Aven

Jason Moorhead

Jaye Marie Brown

Jenise Vong

Jennifer Flink

Jennifer Waldo

Joan Meade

Joanne Lipari

John Boyle

John Burns

John Callaghan

John Tangney

John Xepoleas

Josh Karam

Juana Melendez

Judy Castro

Julia Arrington

Juliette Benshaw

Justin Kuyper

Karen Kolender

Karl Thomasser

Kassandra Garza

Kathy Bruyere

Kati Short

Katy Searles

Kavitha Balakrishnan

Kelly Greene

Keona Wang

Knut Ølstad

Kris Gulden

Kristen A. Jensen

Kristen O'Connor

Kristina Papp

Laura Robichek

Laurel Barchas

Lauren Alden Klein

Laurie England

Lawrence Wash

Leo Amador

Leonard Almaraz

Leslie A. H. Deman

Linda Boyle

Linda Fisher

Linda Raphael

Lindy Allyson Cheatham

Lorene Traylor

Loretta O'Connell

Lorna Fields

Marcelina Feit

Margo Parmacek

Maria Stave

Marie Bedirlian

Marilyn Sawyer

Martha Mackel

Martina Krakora

Mary Elisabeth Dupont

Marty Flora

Mary Laird

Mary Losh

Mary Wittenberg

Mason Lee Stewart

Matt Mitguard

Melanie Randolph

Melinda Hughes

Michael Goldberg

Michael Joseph Salini

Michael Magill

Michael Warn

Michele A. Bennett

Michelle Missaghieh

Mimi Cattermole

Miriam Goodley

Mohamad Salah Noshi

Monica Devens

Morgan Sterling

Nancy Hird

Nancy Klassen

Natalia Eyler

Nataly Magner

Neil Tuch

Nina Puckett

Norma Villarente

Oliver Montalbano

Oriane Matthys

Patricia Brown

Patricia Lock Bernstein

Patricia Reed

Patrick Bartosch

Paul Buck

Paul Pommier

Paula Huxley

Peggy Kuhne

Perrin Brown Nicolson

Peter J. Jennings

Philip Mishler

Rachel Charnick

Randi Sunshine

Rayilyn Brown

Regan Smithers

Rob Grocholski

Robert Price

Robert W. Mahley

Roger F. Tesi, Ed.D

Ronald Shapiro

Sabina Aurilio

Salena Gallardo

Sally Bennett

Sara Kalish

Sarah Rockwood

Shana Marcheschi

Shania Westmoreland

Shaun Teacher

Shawn A. Friedkin

Shawn Roberts

Sherry Doyle

Silvia Hinojosa

Sondra Giffis

Stacey Dorenfeld

Steve Cecala

Steven Sager

Sue Cammack

Susan Boyer

Susan Cohen Grossman

Susan George

Susie Chiang

Sydney B. Mintz

Tammy Calatayud

Tammy Christiansen

Tanner Gers

Toni Notar

Tracy McGuire

Trevor Wageman

Trisha Ann Yassear

Vicki L. Holmes, Ed.D.

Victor Antepara

Virginia Norway

Wendy Sheufelt

Whitney Cary

William Carman

William Halper

Woytek Bartkowski

Youssef Ghobrial

Zack Wasserman

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