Public Outreach & Education

Public Speaking

For over two decades, Sabrina has advocated for disability rights and other issues that impact the well-being of society. Since 2004, she has traveled the country speaking at scientific conferences at prestigious universities, including Harvard, Wisconsin, Stanford, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University to raise awareness for the cause. She has also advocated on Capitol Hill and spoken at the United Nations.

Past Speaking Events

October 24, 2015
Miami Construction Show
Designing a health & wellness facility to welcome strength and healing

June 25, 2014
Guest Speaker
“H3: Health. Hope. Healing” event, Miami Beach

December 7, 2013
Event speaker
Sports Ability / Special Olympics Day, Tropical Park

July 30, 2013
Commencement speech to the 2013 graduating class of Miami-Dade Adult Education Program.

December 3-5, 2012
The 2012 World Stem Cell Summit: West Palm Beach, Florida. Sabrina Cohen is awarded the “Stem Cell Action, Inspiration Award” on behalf of the Genetics Policy Institute.

October 3-5, 2011
The 2011 World Stem Cell Summit: Pasadena, California. Lunch with an expert, Sabrina Cohen Speaker Interview with 89.3 KPCC

Thursday, February 10, 2011
Alpha Delta Kappa: Talk with Woman’s Professional Group of South Florida Teachers and School Administrator’s

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Spinal Cord Injury Support Group with Guest Speaker, Sabrina Cohen who updated the group on the progress of stem cell research and latest developments. Sales of the “CELLebrity” Doctors 2011 Calendar. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Center, Sunrise, FL

Friday, October 22, 2010
Ability Explosion is a week-long series of special events, from “Lights Out Miami Beach” (A Dining in the dark experience) to the Crunch 5k Run, to celebrate the ABILITIES of people living with Disabilities, encourage their acceptance & promote innovations that will improve their lives. Panel Speaker, Sabrina Cohen
Biz-Ability Luncheon, Betsy Hotel

October 3-5, 2010
The 2010 World Stem Cell Summit: University of Michigan, Detroit MI. Sabrina Cohen, Conference Speaker Interview with Detroit News

April 8, 2010
Kiwanis Club: Guest Speaker, Sabrina Cohen – Introduction to the Sabrina Cohen Foundation and the importance of the SCF mission.
Avante Cafe, Miami Beach

March 27, 2010
Miami Beach Women’s Expo: “Stem Cell Research & How to Start a Nonprofit” – Panelist, Sabrina Cohen

September 21-23, 2009
The 2009 World Stem Cell Summit: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD.
Co-hosted by the Genetics Policy Institute and Johns Hopkins University. The conference provided a complete view of the burgeoning field of stem cells while delivering in-depth science, business & industry insight. Sabrina Cohen, Conference Speaker
SCF Interview with Capital News Service

September 21-23, 2008
The 2008 World Stem Cell Summit: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Scientists at the 2008 World Stem Cell summit discussed the future of stem cell research in Madison and throughout the nation and how it depends upon the 2008 presidential election. The conference will had a number of disease specific panels including spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, ALS, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, blindness and diseases of the eye where they discussed the science, foundation, industry and advocacy perspectives. Sabrina Cohen, Conference Speaker

November 6, 2007
Spinal Cord Injury Support Group with Guest Speaker, Sabrina Cohen; Healthsouth Rehabilitation Center, Sunrise, FL

October 2-3, 2007
The 2007 World Stem Cell Summit: Harvard University
– Boston, MA
Top innovators, researchers from around the world, clinicians, legal experts and advocates gathered to celebrate scientific achievements, confront challenges and chart the future of regenerative medicine. Discussions focussed on how cutting-edge biomedical research might impact your health and the health of your family and loved ones. Sabrina Cohen, Conference Speaker

Thursday July 12, 2007
Miami Shores Rotary Club with Guest Speaker, Sabrina Cohen; 10000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami Shores, FL 33138

Sunday-Tuesday April 22-24, 2007
Unite to Fight Paralysis Annual Rally:
Washington D.C. / Capitol Hill
Fellow advocates, top researchers, and experts in the Biotech industry united for the annual “Unite to Fight Paralysis” Symposium & Rally in the nation’s capital. Drs. W. Dalton Dietrich, John McDonald, Stephen Davies, Juanita Anders and Wise Young spoke on Sunday’s Science Symposium, followed by representatives from the Biotech industry: Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Geron Corporation and Boston Life Sciences. This year’s Symposium focussed on the need for a clinical trial structure and status of a North American Clinical Trial Network. Event Sponsor & Speaker: Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research

Wednesday April 11, 2007
Presentation to Jackson Memorial Hospital – Rehab Department, Residents & Staff. Introduction to the Sabrina Cohen Foundation: Our Mission and importance of stem cell research – “What it means to you and the future of medicine” with Sabrina Cohen, Speaker. JMH /Perdue Medical Center, 195 90 Old Cutler Road

Saturday March 24, 2007
“Women with Special Powers” workshop. Speech given by Sabrina Cohen – An introduction to the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research. Palm Beach Rehabilitation Center 4522 S., Congress Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33461

Wednesday March 14, 2007
Hadassah Fashion Show Fundraiser to Benefit Stem Cell Research: Progress & Research Update with Guest Speaker, Sabrina Cohen – “The importance of stem cell research”; Jewish Center 20400 NE 30th Ave., Aventura, Florida

January 24, 2006
Dade County Young Democrats Club: “Stem Cell Research in Florida.” GPI Associate Director, Sabrina Cohen, Speaker. Gordon Biersch Restaurant, 1201 Brickell Avenue, Miami, Florida

January 18, 2006
“Stem Cell Research in Florida”
Hadassah: Temple Menorah, Miami Beach, Florida GPI Associate Director, Sabrina Cohen, Speaker.

July 15, 2005
Temple Beth Sholom: “The Promise of Stem Cell Research” by Sabrina Cohen, GPI Associate Director. Miami, Florida.

June 11-12, 2005
GPI presents: “Stem Cell Policy and Advocacy Summit: Sustaining the Mandate for Cures” – Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Sabrina Cohen, Panelist

February 22, 2005
The Promise of Stem Cells: Exploring the Medical, Ethical and Political Issues, Greater Miami Region of Hadassah; Bernard Siegel; Sabrina Cohen; Louis J. “Skip” Elias, M.D., director, Dr. John T. McDonald Foundation Center for Medical Genetics; Deborah S. Barmouth, M.D.; Rabbi Terry Bookman; Temple Beth Am,
 5950 North Kendall Drive, Miami, Florida

June 3, 2004
GPI Science Conference: “Human Cloning Issues in all its aspects” for the United Nations: United Nations Headquarters, New York. Cosponsored by the Asian Group Legal Expert’s Meeting of the United Nations. Bernard Siegel moderated. Presented a dozen leading stem cell scientists from four continents including Gerald D. Fischbach, W. Dalton Dietrich, III, Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, Woo Suk Hwang, Rudolf Jaenisch, Douglas A. Melton, Shin-Yong Moon, Camillo Ricordi, Gerald Schatten, Alan Trounson, John Wagner and Ian Wilmut.

August 9, 2004
Stem Cell Awareness Day at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, University of Miami School of Medicine. Featuring former Attorney General Janet Reno, Bernard Siegel, Sabrina Cohen and researchers. Bernard Siegel spoke and moderated.

Sports Ability Games 2013 The 2012 World Stem Cell Summit: West Palm Beach, FloridaSabrina Cohen is awarded the “Stem Cell Action, Inspiration Award” on behalf of the Genetics Policy Institute

The 2008 World Stem Cell Summit at the University of Wisconsin
Hadassah Group Meeting.

The 2009 World Stem Cell Summit at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
MDMiami Beach Womens Expo

School Programs

Since 1993, Sabrina Cohen has spoken to thousands of students about living with a disability, making the right choices in life and the importance of having an education. Since the inception of SCF, Sabrina has integrated a message of hope through awareness of stem cell research with her original message of empowering children to live out their dreams.

“Question and answer” sessions, post speaking appearances, help facilitate the education and awareness process amongst students. When requested, SCF provides “kid-friendly / grade appropriate” handouts to stimulate student curiosity about fitness, scientific research, and medical treatment. SCF also has a volunteer program in place to allow students to enroll as volunteers and participate in our fundraising activities during the school year, where community service hours are acknowledged.

Past School Functions

May 6, 2014
Career Day Biscayne Elementary (grades 3-5)

November 15, 2013
Presentation to faculty and seniors from Miami Beach Senior High School regarding the 2013 Hall of Fame ceremony.

October 23, 2013
Third annual “One world, many abilities” program. North Beach elementary school talking to fifth-graders about understanding and accepting people with disabilities.

May 31, 2013
Presentation to 500 graduating seniors from Miami Beach Senior High School

May 9, 2013
Career Day with 4th-8th graders at Feinberg Fisher Elementary discussing careers in the nonprofit world, exercise / physical therapy, science and all things medical and high tech!

November 27, 2012
Presentation to the seniors at Cypress Bay Elementary about spinal cord injury prevention and education – with Senator Nan Rich, who passed the Primary Seatbelt Enforcement Bill in Florida – and Darrell Gywnn Foundation

October 2011
Presentation for elementary school students at the Hebrew Academy; “Understanding Injury & Stem Cell Research” 3:30pm – 5pm, Miami Beach

April 27, 2011
Career Day at Fineberg Fisher Elementary
Miami Beach
9 am – 2 pm

March 8, 2011
Career Day at Biscayne Elementary
Sabrina Cohen, Guest Presenter
8:30 AM – 2 PM

May 14, 2010
Career day at Treasure Island Elementary
9am – 11am

March 27, 2010
Motivated Youth Program, University of Miami
9am – 12pm

March 24, 2010
Biscayne Elementary, Career Day
9am – 1pm

March 18, 2010
All day presentations at Ransom Everglades – High School and Junior High “Understanding Injury & Stem Cell Research”
8:30am – 4pm

December 18, 2009
Hebrew Academy Elementary – Talk with Students about “Disability & Hope”
11 am – 1 pm

October 15, 2009
Fienberg Fisher Elementary – Talk with Students about “Disability & Hope”
9 am – 1 pm

April 2, 2009
Fienberg Fisher Elementary
9 am – 12 pm

March 31, 2009
Biscayne Elementary, Career Day
9 am – 2 pm

November 12, 2008
Killian Junior High School
1 pm – 3 pm

September 2008
Michael M. Krop Senior High School
1 pm – 2 pm

Wednesday April 18, 2007
Hebrew Academy Elementary
Speech to 4th & 5th grade students about overcoming an injury and hope with the promise of Stem Cell Research. Introduction to the Sabrina Cohen Foundation.
2:15 pm – 3:00 pm


If you would like to request the presence of Sabrina Cohen as a guest speaker for an event or function, please contact us with the specifics.

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