Robert Klein speaks after being honored with Research!America's 2010 Gordon and Llura Gund Leadership Award for his advocacy of stem cell and diabetes research. He will speak at UMSL on Sept. 28. (Photo by

A stem cell research advocate, who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people for 2005, will discuss the importance of protecting medical research during a talk at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Robert Klein’s discussion is set for 2 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Student Government Chamber at the Millennium Student Center at UMSL. Protecting stem cell research, its funding and access will be the focus of his talk. Klein will discuss how current legislation could threaten a family’s access to procedures like In Vitro Fertilization. The event is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences at UMSL, and is free and open to the public.

Klein was the chief author and chairman of California’s Proposition 71 also known as the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The 2004 voter-approved ballot initiative created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, of which he ran. The state agency makes grants and provides loans for stem cell research, research facilities and other research opportunities.

Klein’s foray into stem cell advocacy was spurred by personal experience. His son has juvenile diabetes and his mother had Alzheimer’s disease.

Myra Lopez

Myra Lopez