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August 3, 2005
CONTACT: James F. Jorkasky
Executive Director

NAEVR Commends Senator Frist for Leadership in Supporting Embryonic Stem Cell Research

(Washington, DC) Today, National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) President Stephen Ryan, M.D., sent a letter commending Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., (R-TN) for his leadership in supporting embryonic stem cell research. "NAEVR is pleased that you have spoken so articulately on this important issue, especially with your most impressive credentials in medicine in addition to your leadership of the Senate," wrote Dr. Ryan.

NAEVR requests that the Senate bring the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act S 471 (HR 810, as already passed in the House) with no amendments to the floor for a vote as soon as possible upon return from the August recess. "By voting to expand federal research funding for embryonic stem cell research, the Senate can speak for the majority of Americans and restore hope to the 110 million citizens suffering from debilitating conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and potentially blinding diseases such as diabetes and inherited causes of blindness," wrote Dr. Ryan.

NAEVR also joined more than 95 nationally recognized patient groups, scientific societies and academic institutions through the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) in applauding Senator Frist's announcement.

The National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR) is a non-profit advocacy coalition comprised of 44 professional, consumer, and industry organizations involved in eye and vision research. NAEVR's goal is to achieve the best vision for all Americans through advocacy and public education for eye and vision research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute (NEI), and other federal research entities. Visit NAEVR's Web site at