DONOR STORIES

Donors who support the Harvard Stem Cell Institute do so for a multitude of reasons. Honoring loved ones who are affected by disease and making a meaningful impact on society by advancing human health are just two examples. 

 

We extend our thanks to all our donors for making our work possible—and to these donors for sharing their stories about why they support stem cell research at Harvard.

Bill Sahlman, Baker Foundation Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, shares his story of why he supports HSCI.

"The Harvard Stem Cell Institute is at a point of what I call ‘increasing returns to scale.’ Because of the accumulated knowledge, because of the human capital that’s involved, because of the discoveries and the development of tools that can be used to cross different disease categories, the potential return on investment has never been higher. My personal commitment is to make sure that these scientists and these teams have the capital that they need to run experiments that will ultimately transform human health.”

— WILLIAM SAHLMAN, BAKER FOUNDATION PROFESSOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AT HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL 

"Back in 2005, my husband John and I read about Doug Melton and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute in The Boston Globe. Our son’s wife had diabetes and the idea of donating directly to promising research made sense. We began donating what we could each month. We never stopped. Last year John passed away. I honor John as he wished by supporting HSCI in furthering knowledge and health, our best hope for understanding and overcoming so many diseases.”

— SUSAN E. TAVELA

"The collaborative mindset of scientists at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute produces groundbreaking results. Research into Barth syndrome—a rare, often fatal, disorder that severely weakens the heart and immune system—was launched into the realm of clinical trials in part due to work by HSCI’s Dr. Bill Pu. He created the first heart disease-on-a-chip, in collaboration with Harvard University’s excellent hospital system and groups like the Wyss Institute.

 

HSCI researchers are making extraordinary advances in practical, clinically oriented medical solutions for some of the world’s most challenging disorders, extending both the length and quality of life for people affected by disorders such as Barth syndrome. There is simply no other place like it in the world.”

— STEPHEN B. MCCURDY, FOUNDING CHAIRMAN OF THE BARTH SYNDROME FOUNDATION 

"I support the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and in particular, its muscular disease research. I want to see children and young adults who are afflicted with any one of the many forms of muscular dystrophy enjoy the same freedoms and pleasures of mobility that so many of us so easily take for granted.”

— NEIL BREWER, EDUCATOR AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY SOUTHEAST

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