Informing stem cell policy through research

The Stem Cell Network extends research support beyond the lab. Since its inception, it has allocated funding to projects focused on ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) relevant to stem cell research and its translation.

These projects impact science policy in Canada and examine concerns such as stem cell tourism, informed consent, stem cell banking, embryonic stem cells, patents and commercialization. Because effective policy requires input from those who are doing the research, SCN brings scientists and legal/ethical experts together in formal ways to work and learn from each other. This integrated approach ensures that SCN’s policy community is providing necessary insights that reflect today’s science and anticipate tomorrow’s advances.

Over the years, critical policy recommendations have emerged from SCN’s ELSI projects. Here are some of the outcomes that these projects have helped inform, and the key experts involved.