Research Ethics and Stem Cell Research in Canada: Are Special Rules Needed? (Montreal, Quebec)

The International Workshop “Research Ethics and Stem Cell Research in Canada: Are Special Rules Needed?” is organized by the University of Alberta's Health Law Institute (HLI) in collaboration with Professor Bartha Knoppers’ research team at the Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP) at McGill University and Dr. Michael McDonald’s team at the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at the University of British Columbia. The workshop will be held in Montreal, QC, on March 24-25, 2014 and brings together Canadian and international experts to explore key issues arising from the integration of the CIHR Guidelines for Pluripotent Stem Cell Research into the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). The event provides a unique opportunity to consider the realities of stem cell research in Canada, the international context relevant to this policy change, and, more broadly, the issue of stem cell exceptionalism (i.e., whether we really need special rules for stem cell research). The research ethics workshop constitutes an important milestone of the Stem Cell Network-funded project “Translation Challenges, Science Policy and Stem Cell Research,” led by the HLI Director Professor Timothy Caulfield.


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