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Ethical Initiatives in Stem Cell/Regenerative Medicine Research

MSU’s Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences has been devoted to understanding and teaching the ethical, social and humanistic dimensions of illness and health care since 1977. The faculty involved in the center support reflective practice in health care and in science by bringing to these fields the resources of ethics and the humanities. They accomplish these goals through teaching, writing, public speaking, conducting research and working in many other ways with students, practitioners, and the general public.

To oversee stem cell research at MSU, the university has established an Institutional Stem Cell Research Committee (ISCRC). The committee oversees human embryonic stem cell research and certain research using human pluripotent stem cells. The committee also maintains registries of stem cell research at MSU and facilitates education of investigators involved in human embryonic stem cell research. It is guided by the National Academies’ Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and the National Institutes of Health Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.