Heart disease might be the next "big frontier” in stem cell treatment.

Dr. Joshua Hare, director of the Miami University Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Research Institute, an expert on using adult stem cells to repair heart damage, was granted $25,000 grant for his study on how to treat the disease using stem cells.

In order to pull the attention of other researchers, Cohen presented his grant check at a kick-off party in Miami Beach for her "2010 CELLebrity Doctors Calendar," a national fundraiser project.

There were more than 100 of them assembled there. A cake with a photograph of Dr. Hare was also there. He was showcased as "Dr. February," dressed in shorts and playing the guitar. "For me, honestly, this is one of the proudest moments in my life. Sabrina is an absolutely amazing person. She has devoted all of her life and her energies to her foundation and to helping stem cell research generally, not only for spinal cord injuries," Dr. Hare said.

"For me to be the second recipient of a Sabrina Cohen award is, well, I don't know what to say. I'm just very touched and much honored," he added.Dr. Goldberg recalled meeting Cohen at a stem cell symposium, and he spoke about his research."It's really exciting now to be capitalizing all of the advances in the stem cell field, which will enable us to translate what we are learning to use stem cells on the eyes”. Though you often do get such government funds, he noted "It is the support of private organizations like the Sabrina Cohen foundation that allow us to do cutting edge research.

"Cohen’s foundation gave away $25,000 last year to Hans Kierstead, M.D., whose team developed the first stem cell-derived treatment for spinal cord injuries.Kierstead, associate professor of neurobiology and co-director of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center at the UC Irvine Reeve-Irvine Research Center, is featured on the cover of the "CELLebrity Doctors" calendar. The calendar will be launched in January.