Parkinson’s Disease, Michael J. Fox, And Stem Cell Research

Parkinson’s Disease has a huge advocate in the form of actor Michael J. Fox, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1991; however, Fox has recently turned away from stem cell research as a cure, and towards other options.

ABC news reports that the Back to the Future actor recently sat down with Diane Sawyer, where he said:

“Stem cells are an avenue of research that we’ve pursued and continue to pursue but it’s part of a broad portfolio of things that we look at. There have been some issues with stem cells, some problems along the way.”

He went on to say that:

“It’s not so much that [stem cell research has] diminished in its prospects for breakthroughs as much as it’s the other avenues of research have grown and multiplied and become as much or more promising. So, an answer may come from stem cell research but it’s more than likely to come from another area.”

National Right to Life News reports that, while speaking about Parkinson’s Disease, Diane Sawyer replied with:

“There may be a Secret and we’re just not there; we haven’t found the Secret yet.”

Michael J. Fox explained that he still strongly believes that stem cell research could lead to a cure, however, he ws willing to explore other avenues at this point. The stem cell research is currently taking place at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.

BioEdge reports that Fox also stated:

“I’m glad that I put the effort into promoting [stem cell research]. My quest in that regard was really about research freedom and not shutting down avenues of research because of ideological reasons that were countered by the majority opinion of whether it was worthwhile doing. Hopefully stem cell research will result in something.”

What do you think of Michael J. Fox’s advocacy for Parkinson’s disease and stem cell research?