Stem Cells in Your Face, Episode 3: Eyeing Stem Cell Therapies for Vision Loss. Written and narrated by Kevin McCormack. Directed and edited by Todd Dubnicoff. Eye anatomy animations by InfoShots.com. Additional graphics by Todd Dubnicoff. More than seven million people in the US struggle to see. While most are not completely blind, they have difficulty with, or simply can’t do, daily tasks most of us take for granted. California's Stem Cell Agency (CIRM) has committed more than $100 million to 17 projects trying to solve this unmet medical need. Two of those projects have begun clinical trials testing cell therapies in patients with severe visual impairment due to retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). For more information, visit our fact sheet: https://www.cirm.ca.gov/our...
For scientists, the importance of explaning their work to the average person is critical. If they can't make their research comprehensible and engaging they risk losing the attention of journalists, potential donors, politicians, or all those good people whose tax money funds their science.
To help promote better science communication with the public, CIRM held an elevator pitch video challenge at the 2013 CIRM Grantee Meeting March 7-9 in San Francisco. Participants recorded pitches (ideally 30 seconds or less) describing their research on camera at the meeting. Those who could not attend the meeting sent in their videos. Thanks to everyone for participating.