Stem Cells


Following guidelines established by the National Academies and the National Institutes of Health, UW Madison has adopted policies and procedures governing research involving human pluripotent stem cells that ensure adherence to ethical and legal principles, as well as state and federal regulations.

Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (SCRO)

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

  1. the use of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) or their derivatives; or
  2. the introduction of human pluripotent stem cells (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.

This oversight is in addition to the oversight provided by campus committees, such as the Institutional Review Boards, the Biosafety Review Board, and the Animal Care and Use Committees.

SCRO Committee oversight applies regardless of the source of funding and the applicability of federal regulations.

Investigator Requirements


UW-Madison Campus Resources

Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) CommitteeStem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee website
UW-Madison Policy for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Establishes requirements for research involving hPSCs.
UW-Madison hESC RegistryUW-Madison hESC lines currently approved by the SCRO committee
Stem Cell Ethics and Policy Training
All personnel listed on a protocol submitted to the Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee must complete online Stem Cell Ethics and Policy Training.Log-in page for the Graduates School’s CITI online training website (requires valid NetID) 
Stem Cell Protocol LoginLog-in page for online protocol submission. For assistance in submitting a Stem Cell Protocol contact the program manager, Heather McFadden. 
UW–Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center (SCRMC)SCRMC provides a central point of contact, information and facilitation for all stem cell research activities on campus
WiCellWiCell distributes UW’s hPSC lines and negotiates agreements for obtaining hPSC lines from WiCell and the National Stem Cell Bank

External Resources

National Academies Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell ResearchEthical standards guide for stem cell research (with 2010 amendements)
NIH Stem Cell InformationNIH resource for stem cell research information and policy.
NIH Stem Cell RegistryList of stem cell lines eligible for use in NIH-funded research.


General Compliance Questions

Cheryl Deering
CALS Research Compliance Specialist
(608) 262-2536

Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) Committee

Heather Mc Fadden
SCRO Manager, Office of Research Policy
(608) 890-2468

The SCRO Manager is available weekdays to answer questions concerning stem cell training, consult on SCRO application preparation, and help researchers respond to SCRO requests and questions.