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University of Wisconsin–Madison

Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee

The Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee provides oversight for all research on campus or involving campus faculty or staff that involves either:

  • the use of hESCs or their derivatives; or
  • the introduction of hPSCs, or their derivatives, obtained from a non-embryonic source, into non-human animals at any embryonic, fetal, or postnatal stage, if an expected effect is that human cells will be integrated into the central nervous system, testes, or ovaries of the animal; or
  • all research that (a) involves pre-implantation stages of human development, human embryos, or embryo-derived cells or (b) entails the production of human gametes in vitro when such gametes are tested by fertilization or used for the creation of embryos; or
  • the storage or disposition of human embryos or gametes obtained for the purposes of stem cell research.

A Principle Investigator (PI)  conducting research involving any of the above must have SCRO approval in place prior to beginning research.

SCRO Committee oversight applies regardless of the source of funding and the applicability of federal regulations. This oversight is in addition to the oversight that might be provided by other committees on campus, such as the Institutional Review Boards (human subjects), the Biosafety Review Board, and the Animal Care and Use Committees.