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Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee

It is the policy of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHU) that some types of research involving human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) being conducted by JHU faculty, staff or students or involving the use of JHU facilities or resources shall be subject to oversight by the JHU Institutional Stem Cell Research Oversight (ISCRO) Committee. Covered research includes:

  1. All research using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs);
  2. All research involving somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) involving human cells;
  3. Other hPSCs (e.g., human induced pluripotent stem cells [iPSCs], human embryonic germ cells [hEGCs] where the research involves:
    1. Introduction of the cells into humans;
    2. Introduction of the cells into the central nervous system of non-human primates;
    3. Introduction of the cells into non-human animals and there is a reasonable possibility of the cells giving rise to gametes; or
    4. Creation of gametes or embryos.

On this site, you will find the information and tools needed to determine if your research requires JHU ISCRO notice or review and if so, how to submit your proposal to the JHU ISCRO committee.

Important Updates


Consent Template for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research

Amended status of NIH Applications and Awards Involving hESCs

The New York Stem Cell Foundation to Collaborate with JHU SOM

Ethical Oversight of hSC Research Educational Modules

Other Resources