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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Committee Will Provide Updates to Stem Cell Research Guidelines; Scientists and Others Invited to Comment On Use of Guidelines
WASHINGTON -- The National Academies' National Research Council and Institute of Medicine today announced the appointment of a committee to monitor and revise voluntary guidelines on the conduct of human embryonic stem cell research. The committee -- the creation of which was encouraged by numerous scientific organizations, research institutions, and individual scientists -- will provide updates to the voluntary guidelines issued last year by the Academies. The updates will be issued in periodic reports.
The Research Council and IOM also today encouraged researchers and others to comment on the usefulness of the 2005 guidelines and whether they need to be updated to reflect new scientific findings, public policies, and legal rulings, as well as evolving ethical issues. Comments can be submitted at www.nationalacademies.org/stemcells, where more information on the new committee is available, along with a free PDF file of last year's Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. Workshops also will be held to keep the committee informed of developments in the field.
The committee's work will be supported by The Ellison Medical Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. There is a 20-day public comment period on the makeup of the committee, which will remain provisional until it is fully vetted. Reports written by the committee will undergo external peer review prior to public release.
The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide science, technology, and health policy advice under a congressional charter. A roster of the new committee follows.
NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL Division on Earth and Life Studies Board on Life Sciences and INSTITUTE OF MEDICINE Board on Health Sciences Policy
Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee
R. Alta Charo, J.D. (co-chair) Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics University of Wisconsin Law School and Medical School, and Visiting Professor of Law Boalt Hall School of Law University of California Berkeley
Richard O. Hynes, Ph.D. (co-chair) Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research Center for Cancer Research and Department of Biology Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge
Eli Y. Adashi, M.D., M.S. Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Brown University Providence, R.I.
Brigid L.M. Hogan, Ph.D. George Barth Geller Professor and Chair Department of Cell Biology Duke University Medical Center Durham, N.C.
Marcia Imbrescia, B.A. Owner, Peartree Design, and Member, Board of Trustees Arthritis Foundation Lynnfield, Mass.
Terry Magnuson, Ph.D. Sarah Graham Kenan Professor and Chair Department of Genetics University of North Carolina; Director, Carolina Center for Genome Sciences; and Director of Cancer Genetics Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Chapel Hill
Linda B. Miller, O.T.R., M.S. President Volunteer Trustees Foundation Washington, D.C.
Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D. Emily Davie and Joseph S. Kornfeld Professor of Biomedical Ethics, and Director Center for Biomedical Ethics University of Virginia Charlottesville
Stuart H. Orkin, M.D. Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute; David G. Nathan Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School; and Chair, Department of Pediatric Oncology Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston
Pilar N. Ossorio, Ph.D., J.D. Associate Professor of Law and Bioethics University of Wisconsin Law School Madison, and Visiting Professor of Law Boalt Hall School of Law University of California Berkeley
E. Albert Reece, M.D., Ph.D. Vice Chancellor and Dean University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock
Joshua R. Sanes, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Paul J. Finnegan Family Director of the Center for Brain Science Harvard University Cambridge, Mass.
Harold T. Shapiro, Ph.D. President Emeritus, and Professor of Economics and Public Affairs Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs Princeton University Princeton, N.J.
John E. Wagner Jr., M.D. Professor of Pediatrics Medical School, and Scientific Director of Clinical Research Stem Cell Institute University of Minnesota Minneapolis
Adam P. Fagen Study Co-Director
Bruce Altevogt Study Co-Director
Fran Sharples Director, Board on Life Sciences
Andrew Pope Director, Board on Health Sciences Policy