It has been an busy and exciting month meeting so many people who care about advancing medical research!
I recently met Andrew Oberle. Andrew has a remarkable story which you can read about below. His story of survival and determination is the inspiration for the Oberle Institute at Saint Louis University. The Institute will enhance the standard of care for major trauma patients by providing holistic and continuous care. It will also have a strong clinical and translational research focus, develop and advocate trauma patient related policy and eventually work at medical mission sites.
In May I attended the board meeting of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM). ARM fosters research, development, investment and commercialization of transformational treatments and cures for patients. The meetings on Capitol Hill were very positive with all legislators suggesting they do not want to see NIH funding cut. Go to
to read about the latest advances in regenerative medicine.
While in D.C. I also connected with the Alliance for Patient Access. This nonprofit organization of health care providers, patient advocates, medical researchers and industry and government stakeholders works together to increase public awareness about the importance of clinical trials participation. Their website
has more information about the advocacy work they are involved in to ensure patients have access to clinical trials. We are discussing ways that Missouri Cures can work with the alliance and assist in promoting clinical trials.
Finally, the Missouri Cures ambassador program is off to a great start. If you would like to be a key volunteer and help us promote medical research, please email me!