Publications by the Ethics Working Party:
  • KNOPPERS, B.M., ISASI RM, et al (International Stem Cell Forum Ethics Working Party), ‘Oocyte Donation for Stem Cell Research’, 316 (2007) Science, 368-369.
  • KNOPPERS, B.M., ISASI RM et al (International Stem Cell Forum Ethics Working Party), ‘Ethics Issues in Stem Cell Research’, 312 (2006) Science, 366-367.
Publications by the Secretariat:
  • ISASI, R.M., KNOPPERS, B.M., ‘Monetary Payments for the Procurement of Oocytes for Stem Cell Research: In search of ethical and political consistency’. Stem Cell Research 1 (2007), 37-44.
  • ISASI, Rosario M. and B.M. KNOPPERS, ‘Beyond the Permissibility of Embryonic and Stem Cell Research: Substantive Requirements and Procedural Safeguards’, 21(10) (2006) Hum. Reprod., 2474-2481.
  • ISASI, Rosario M., B.M. KNOPPERS, ‘Mind the Gap: Policy Approaches to Embryonic Stem Cell and Cloning Research in 50 countries’, 13(1) (2006) European Journal of Health Law, 9-26.
  • ISASI, Rosario M., NGUYEN Thu Minh, ‘The Rationale for a Registry of Clinical Trials Involving Human Stem Cell Therapies'(2007, forthcoming) Health Law Review.

The Ethics Working Party’s Academic Secretariat has developed and maintained updated a 50-country compendium on the regulation of embryo research, of cloning and of stem cell research. This was followed by a series of analytical studies of emerging patterns in the regulation of such research in the countries surveyed. Among the areas of study are:

  • International policy approaches to embryonic stem cell and cloning research in 50 countries.
  • Substantive requirements and procedural safeguards in the regulation of embryonic stem cell research.
  • The rationale for a registry for clinical trials involving stem cells.
  • International policy perspectives on the donation of human gametes and embryos for stem cell research.
  • The use of monetary payments for the procurement of oocytes for stem cell research.
  • Stem cell banking.
Ongoing research topics include
  • Governance of national, regional and international stem cell banks.
  • Challenges of international collaboration in stem cell research in the context of policy interoperability.
  • Adoption of a Scientific Code of Conduct for international collaboration in stem cell research.
  • Alternative sources of human pluripotent stem cells.
  • Human animal combinations (e.g. chimaeras, hybrids) and stem cell research.
  • Translational research and emerging cell therapies
Upcoming Activities

The EWP secretariat has started organizing its 4th meeting to be held on February 26th -27th 2008 in San Francisco (USA). According to our mandate and in order to provide support to the current ISCF’s initiatives, the meeting’s agenda will focus on discussing (1) international governance perspectives on cell banking and (2) the challenges of international collaboration in stem cell research in the context of policy interoperability.