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Dr. Laurance S. Johnston

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Spinal Cord Research and Education Foundation
  • Board Member
    Scientific Review for the NIH Institute of Child Welfare and Human Development
  • Board Member
    Spinal Cord Research and Education Foundations for Paralyzed Veterans of America


  • Ph.D. , research
  • doctorate , biochemistry and molecular biology
    Northwestern University
  • bachelor's degree , chemistry
    Hamline University
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Our Consultants, 25 May 2014 [cached]
Laurance Johnston, PH.D. MBA - Laurance holds a PH.D. in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, a Masters degree in Biochemistry, as well as a Bachelors degree in Chemistry. He is currently on the board of Directors for Paralyzed Veterans of America's (PVA) Education Foundation.
As a Consulting Scientist for Paralyzed Veterans of America, Laurance has published 160+ articles in disability magazines & professional journals. He has researched and written extensive information about therapies that expand the disability-healing spectrum, ranging from alternative medicine to stem cells. He has severed as a Scientific Database Director, for the Iceland Spinal Cord Injury Project: Funded by Icelandic officials to create comprehensive resource on spinal-cord-injury therapies as part of World-Health-Organization endorsed project. Laurance has collaborated with international scientists to disseminate research findings (e.g., China, India, Portugal, Russia, etc), spoke at international conferences, and has developed international, bridge-building relationships/collaborations with scientists, politicians, & policymakers.
As a Director of Spinal Cord Research & Education Foundations, Laurance managed PVA's multimillion-dollar grant program supporting spinal-cord research/education projects, developed disability projects and policies, and organized major conferences involving White House input and featuring celebrities (e.g., Christopher Reeve, Larry King, Katie Couric).
Dr. Laurance Johnston says ..., 21 May 2009 [cached]
Dr. Laurance Johnston says he understands. Johnston is the director of Paralyzed Veterans of America and a regular contributor to Paraplegia News. He travels the world seeking out SCI treatments. Johnston strongly supports Shroff's embryonic stem cell therapy.
Johnston says billions of dollars are directed worldwide to tap into the embryonic stem cell's power. The huge profit potential leads him to believe that a diminutive Delhi clinic is likely to be dismissed rather than embraced by people with conflicting personal and economical interests.
"History shows us scientific breakthroughs are frequently generated by innovators outside of the system," he says. "Innovators not shackled to prevailing ideas or bound to prestigious biomedical institutions."
Johnston traveled to Delhi, becoming the first American scientist to visit Shroff's clinic and says he is confident her clinic - and her claims - are legitimate.
The major breakthrough, according to Johnston, is how Shroff obtains her embryonic stem cells.
Johnston did not see it in detail.
"I am excited about its potential and suspect it will ultimately represent a big step toward the promised land of restored function," says Johnston.
About the Author: Laurance ... [cached]
About the Author: Laurance Johnston obtained his doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). He became a regulatory scientist at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and later Director, Division of Scientific Review, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (NIH). After leaving NIH, he assumed the directorship of the Spinal Cord Research and Education Foundations, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA).
Supported by PVA, Dr. Johnston currently researches and writes about various alternative, complementary, or innovative therapies that expand the healing spectrum of people with spinal cord injury. He has been invited to speak at national and international meetings and is listed in Who's Who in America.
Cloning, Stem Cell, and Bioethics: Another Look, 11 Jan 2006 [cached]
says Laurance Johnston, former Director of Scientific Review for the NIH Institute of Child Welfare and Human Development. "However," he adds, "scientists howl in anguished protest when this is suggested to them."
NOTE,This story is based on interviews ..., 4 May 2008 [cached]
NOTE,This story is based on interviews by AP's Pauline Arrillaga over 18 months with John and Marci Pou and their children; the founders, trainers and clients at Project Walk; and spinal cord injury experts, including Dr. Donald Leslie, medical director of Shepherd Center in Atlanta; Dr. John McDonald, a neurologist who worked with the actor Christopher Reeve and now directs the International Center for Spinal Cord Injury at Baltimore's Kennedy Krieger Institute; Dr. Wise Young, founding director of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience at Rutgers University; Susan Harkema, rehabilitation director of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center; and Laurance Johnston, former director of the Spinal Cord Research and Education Foundations for Paralyzed Veterans of America and author of the book "Alternative Medicine and Spinal Cord Injury."
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