Somatic Cell Donation for Stem Cell Research: Current Challenges -- Future Directions”

 Presented by the ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee

Wednesday, June 12
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Level 2 – Room 255
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Procuring somatic cells from patients and healthy volunteers constitutes an essential component of iPS cell research and other cellular reprogramming work.  Stem cell researchers who depend on somatic cell donation need to consider its many emerging ethical, legal, and policy issues.  This focus session provides attendees with expert viewpoints on the scientific, practical, regulatory, legal, and ethical challenges facing stem cell researchers today, as well as an in-depth opportunity to discuss possible future directions in each of these areas.  Audience interaction with speakers and panelists will be moderated by members of the ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee.

PROGRAM

9:30 – 9:40 a.m.
Moderator:
Introductory Remarks
Insoo Hyun, PhD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee
9:40 – 10:45 a.m. Part I
9:40 – 10:00 a.m. Scientific and practical considerations for somatic cell procurement.
Speaker:
M. William Lensch, PhD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty and Faculty Director of Education, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
10:00 – 10:20 a.m. Institutional regulatory issues and challenges.
Speaker:

Pearl O'Rourke, MD, Director, Human Research Affairs and Director, ESCRO, Partners HealthCare
10:20 – 10:45 a.m. Panel and audience discussion
Panelists:

Giuseppe Testa, MD, PhD, MA, European Institute of Oncology, ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee
 
Beth Roxland, JD, M.Bioethics, Adjunct Professor, NYU School of Law, ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Part II
10:45 – 11:05 a.m. Cell and tissue donors’ legal rights –trends from an international perspective.
Speaker:

Sheila Jasanoff, JD, PhD, Harvard Kennedy School, Program on Science, Technology and Society
11:05 – 11:25 a.m. Somatic cell donors’ ethical claims – do donors have rights to cell line control and withdrawal?
Speaker:

Patrick L. Taylor, JD, Harvard Medical School
11:25 – 11:45 a.m. Panel and audience discussion
Panelists:

Erica Haimes, PhD, PEALS (Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences) Research Centre, Newcastle University, ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee
 
Kazuto Kato, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Public Policy at the Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University, Japan, ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Future directions
Open discussion moderated by members of the ISSCR Ethics and Public Policy Committee