The use of human stem cells in research provokes much debate in the United States. This debate centers around the ethical, legal and regulatory aspects and is primarily directed towards the use of Human Embryonic Stem Cells in research (hESC). The regulatory framework governing hESC research is promulgated by the Whitehouse, managed by the National Institute’s of Health and relies heavily on existing regulations governing research involving human subjects, substance management and biocontainment. At NC State University, a task force of senior legal and administrative leaders facilitate oversight of hESC research by staying abreast of the changing regulatory environment, assess best practices, network with local and regional subject matter experts, and advise the NC State leadership on needed support and actions associated with this important and promising research frontier.
A collection of resources designed to provide a better understanding of issues surrounding Human Embryonic Stem Cell use in research endeavors are available below. Check back regularly as the committee evolves and to check for updates in the intuition’s position on this politically and ethically charged area of research.
- National Academies’ Stem Cell Guidelines
- Federal Stem Cell Use Rules & Resource
- NIH hESC Tutorial
- Stanford University’s Presentation/Tutorial
- UNC CH Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (ESCRO)
NC State University Contact Information:
- Jeffrey Cheek, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Administration
- firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 919-513-2148.
- General Administration of Human Embrionic Stem Cell Research, contract management
- David Rainer, Associate Vice Chancellor for Environmental Health and Public Safety
- email@example.com or via phone at 919-515-4238
- Substance Management and Maintenance – Environmental Health and Compliance
- Debra Paxton, Regulatory Compliance Administrator
- firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 919-515-4514.
- Human Subject Management
- Terri Lomax, Vice Chancellor for Office of Research & Innovation
- Institutional leadership of the entire research enterprise.
- Jeffrey Cheek’s Memo to the Vice Chancellor (restricted)