Support NSCI on November 28th, #GivingTuesday


Celebrate your kindness on #GivingTuesday.

On #GivingTuesday, a national day of donation, consider a gift to the Neural Stem Cell Institute. Your gift gets us closer to therapies for incurable diseases of the central nervous system including Macular Degeneration, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Spinal Cord Injury and Autism. Your support inspires our ongoing research and brings us closer to cures.

Your gracious contribution can be made by clicking here. Or, by mailing a check made out to Regenerative Research Foundation to: 1 Discovery Drive, Rensselaer, NY 12144.

Or, as you begin your holiday shopping simply include us through Amazon Smile. When you shop at Amazon the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible purchases.

  1. Go to ,
  2. log in to your amazon account
  3. Choose “Regenerative Research Foundation” in Rensselaer, it should look like this…
  4. Now, when ever you shop at Amazon you’ll see that you are supporting us…

However you choose to give, we celebrate your support. Your gift gets us closer to helping so many.  Thank you!

NSCI Researchers Presenting at NYAS

This week Dr. Boles and Dr. Kiehl will be attending a workshop on “Data Science, Learning, and Applications to Biomedical & Health Sciences” at the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in New York City. This workshop is jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Rutgers Institute for Data Science, learning, and Applications (I-DSLA), Columbia University Data Science Institute and the NYAS.
Dr. Boles will present their work in a talk entitled “Big Data Access and Infrastructure: Case Studies in Data Repository Utility.” In this talk he will address the needs of biological researchers to access and analyze large,complex, data sets.
NSCI will also be represented with two other posters dealing with big data as it relates to particular efforts at the institute and to small organizations.
  • Regarding engaging big data with limited resources – “Big Data and Small Labs: Nose-to-tail informatics on the front lines of the data deluge”
  • In collaboration with Dr. Charles Bergeron from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – “A pipeline for a growing data resource: Electrophysiological behavior of in-vitro cell cultures”
Find out more about the workshop at the NYAS website. From the workshop organizers:
This workshop aims to develop a research agenda for this area and enable connections and collaborations among scientists from academia, industry, and government, clinicians and investigators engaged in technology development, deployment, and use.
The workshop will provide a forum for these investigators to assess the state-of-the-art, identify related challenges and propose solutions to address enhancing the utility of “Big Data”. The overarching goal of these endeavors will be to incorporate the capabilities of ‘Big Data” technology toward understanding normal biological and disease processes at the population, individual patient, and cellular levels.”

#GivingTuesday 2015


What is #GivingTuesday?

“We have a day for giving thanks…now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”

Why give? Why now? Why us?

The holidays are close and so many things need my attention: shopping for holiday meals, a hair cut for my son, new clothes my daughter. I will want buy gifts for my dear family and friends. Especially now, the daily demands on my time and budget are innumerable. I ask myself, why give, why now?  

Right now we are healthy. My aging parents don’t struggle with disease. My children are thriving. We are so very lucky.

What will my small gift do? And what does giving to research really accomplish?

My friend has macular degeneration. I watched my grandmother lose her clarity to Alzheimer’s to the point of not recognizing her daughter, my mother. I have a colleague whose daughter lost her eye to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eye. My cousin’s son has autism. Will my small gift change their lives?  I don’t want to risk the possibility that it might. And without my gift, it surely will not.

Every gift helps quicken the pace of research.

NSCI is the first private stem cell institute in the US.  We have a history of turning small gifts into progress….

-NSCI is currently using stem cells to model Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease to understand why the cells in the brain degenerate and identify novel drugs to prevent this.

-NSCI uses stem cells to model the early stages of brain development to understand how it is affected in Autism.

-NSCI has discovered a stem cell population in the human eye with the ability to generate cells that can be transplanted into Macular Degeneration patients.  NSCI has translated this discovery into a therapeutic product that is on track to begin an FDA approved clinical trial in 2017.

-NSCI has developed a novel way to encourage stem cells in an injured spinal cord to activate and promote repair.

Your generosity and partnership can be powerful tools enabling scientific discovery. Help us build the foundation that future therapy and treatments will be built on.

Click here to give today.

NSCI Receives NYS Spinal Cord Grant

SCIRB-BannerThe Regenerative Research Foundation’s Neural Stem Cell Institute (NSCI) has been awarded a grant from New York State’s Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB). Following on previous work conducted at NSCI, this award will fund a multi-year project to explore the utility of specific factors (IL10 and SHH) to promote regeneration in an injured spinal cord.

Learn more about all of the awards made by SCIRB at this link.

Lend Your Voice to Spinal Cord Injury Research in NYS

This just in from New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis, read their letter below and then:

  • Lend your voice to support this important program, tell your legislator
  • Learn more about New Yorkers to Cure Paralysis, click here.
  • Learn more about the NY Spinal Cord Injury Research Board, click here.

Dear SCIRP Supporter: 

The New York State Assembly and Senate have fully funded the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at $8.5 million in their respective one-house budget bills.  Thank you for all of the work you have done so far.  We are getting close to our goal of fully restoring the program.

The state budget is scheduled to conclude in about two weeks.  Budget conference committee meeting activity began yesterday and negotiations toward a final budget are in full swing.  We ask that you get in touch with your Assembly and Senate members early this week to thank them for their support and urge them to continue their advocacy on behalf of SCIRP.  Specifically, please ask them to weigh in on behalf of full funding ($8.5 million), with the Health Budget Subcommittee Chairs Senator Kemp Hannon and Assembly member Richard Gottfried, as well as Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie.

You can find your legislative members here:

Thank you very much for your support of the NY Spinal Cord Injury Research Program.

New Yorkers To Cure Paralysis Board of Directors David Carmel, Nancy Lieberman, Paul Francis and Paul Richter