A Primer on Ethics Education for Stem Cell and Biomedical Scientists

Zubin Master, Michael McDonald, Danielle Paciulli, Holly Longstaff

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Stem cell research is an exciting field with clinical potential and has been rapidly moving towards the goal of translating research into therapeutics. Like all scientific fields, there are many ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) associated with stem cell research and stem cell scientists, especially trainees, should be aware of them. In this paper, we describe how course directors at academic institutions can develop training on ELSI of stem cell research for scientists. We describe how to perform a needs assessment and planning to develop pedagogical tools. We cover elements of course design, content and venue, and course evaluation. Lastly, we broadly discuss course topics including the responsible conduct of research, ethics of research involving animals and humans, and stem cell ethics and policy. This paper is meant to be a practical guide for course directors interested in developing ELSI pedagogy for stem cell scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-348
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Stem Cell Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Ethical, legal social issues (ELSI)
  • Ethics of research involving animals
  • Ethics of research involving humans
  • Research integrity
  • Responsible conduct of research
  • Stem cell education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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