|Lauren Miller: Photo credit: Ivan Nikolov / WENN|
Ordinarily we wouldn't write a blog on Christmas Eve, there's no one around to read it. But we couldn't let this wonderful news go by without mentioning it. We are delighted to welcome Lauren Miller - actress, screenwriter, producer and Alzheimer's activist - to our governing Board, the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.
Lauren has starred in numerous movies including "Superbad" and "50/50". She also co-wrote and starred in the comedy "For a Good Time... Call", however, it is her work with Hilarity for Charity, a non-profit organization that she co-founded, that makes her a terrific addition to our Board.
In a news release announcing the appointment Lauren said: “As the founder of Hilarity for Charity, an organization which raises awareness of Alzheimer's Disease among young people, I am truly thrilled to join the California stem cell agency Board as the Alzheimer's Patient Advocate. To have the opportunity to learn about, and support the research for so many important diseases is such a great honor and responsibility and I look forward to starting.”
Miller’s commitment to raising awareness about Alzheimer’s comes from her family’s battle against the disease. Her grandfather died of Alzheimer’s and her mother was diagnosed with it when she was just 55 years old.
Our Chairman Jonathan Thomas welcomed the appointment saying: “We are delighted to have Lauren joins us on the Board. She brings a fresh perspective to the work that we do and her experience in raising awareness about a devastating disease will be an invaluable asset.”
We currently fund several projects focusing on Alzheimer’s including an almost $20 million award to StemCells Inc., which hopes to bring a therapy using human neural stem cells to treat the disease into clinical trials.