Science and Society
The promise of stem cell research is compelling and far-reaching. No other line of scientific inquiry offers better hope for curing intractable medical conditions.
As a society, we have an obligation to pursue scientific discoveries that offer a clear potential to help those living with devastating illnesses. At the same time, we must recognize the legitimate moral, social and religious concerns raised by new technologies.
To address such concerns, nationally respected science associations, federal agencies and the state of New Jersey have set forth policies and procedures that ensure stem cell research meets the highest scientific and ethical standards. The Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey is committed to conducting responsible research that complies fully with these stringent requirements. The institute will:
- Adhere to recommendations of the National Academies of Science (NAS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, and other agencies for deriving, storing, distributing, and using stem cells.
- Establish an Embryonic Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee as recommended by NAS. Composed of biologists, stem cell researchers, legal and ethical experts, and representatives of the general public, the committee will monitor ethical practices.
- Submit all state-funded research for review by the New Jersey Ethics Advisory Panel on Stem Cell Research. This panel is chaired by Harold T. Shapiro, former president of Princeton University and former chair of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission.
- Obtain necessary approvals for research protocols from the Rutgers or UMDNJ Institutional Review Boards. These internal committees are federally mandated to ensure scientific integrity and appropriate use of resources.
- Follow regulations of the Food and Drug Administration for any products, drugs or medical devices developed to diagnose or treat disease.
- Comply fully with all state and federal policies and procedures for stem cell research, and take any additional actions deemed useful for maintaining sound research programs.
Under no circumstances will institute researchers engage in human reproductive cloning, which is strictly prohibited by New Jersey law.