3.7. Brooke Ellison - Vent-dependent stem cell research advocate
Brooke Ellison was struck by a car on her first day of seventh grade, paralyzing her from the neck down. Her life accomplishments as a quadriplegicincluding obtaining a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University and running for New York State Senatehave been an inspiration to many. In 2002, she and her mother published her autobiography, Miracles Happen: One Mother, One Daughter, One Journey.
Now Brooke Ellison is the newly-appointed Director of Education and Ethics at the Stony Brook University Stem Cell Research Facility Center. Dr. Ellison has been immersed in the stem cell field for over 15 years, viewing this from legislative, ethical, and social standpoints.