The US Supreme Court today announced their decision to NOT grant certiorari to Sherley v. Sebelius – a case that challenged federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. This decision means that opponents to hESC research will have lost (and a decision in DHHS’s favor from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Aug. 2012 will stand firm). And given the political realities, federal research for stem cell research will likely continue as long as Barack Obama is President and thereafter.

A leading expert on hESC research – Columbia’s Dr. Christopher Henderson, PhD – is available for comment about this ruling, and the vitality of sustaining funding for this type of research. Here’s a link to Dr. Henderson’s bio: http://www.columbiamnc.org/bio_henderson.html

If you’d like to speak with Dr. Henderson, or other Columbia experts about this ruling and its far-reaching implications, please let me know and I can arrange an interview(s) for you asap.

Kind regards,Elizabeth

Elizabeth StreichManager, Media RelationsColumbia University Medical Center701 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032212-305-3900 Main Office212-305-3689 Directestreich@columbia.eduhttp://www.cumc.columbia.edu/newsroom