MUSC leadership has charged the Stem Cell Research Oversight (SCRO) committee with oversight responsibilities for all research projects that fall under the Research Using Human Stem Cells Policy.

To initiate review of a protocol by the SCRO Committee, Principal Investigators (PIs) must submit an MUSC SCRO Registration form to the Committee. Please fill out the form below.

For more information:
For questions: Dr. Michael E. Smith, SCRO Program Manager ( or 792-6535)

MUSC prohibits the following categories of research:

1. Research involving in vitro culture of any intact human embryo, regardless of method of creation, for longer than 14 days or until formation of the primitive streak begins, whichever occurs first.

2. Experiments that involve transplantation of human pluripotent stem cells into human blastocysts.

3. Transfer into a human or non-human uterus of experimentally created human or cybrid (a cell with a human nucleus and the cytoplasm of another species) embryos made by any method.

4. The SCRO Committee will not approve any of the following categories of research unless there is strong scientific rationale and ethical basis for the proposal:

a. research in which human pluripotent stem cells are introduced into mammalian (including non-human primate) blastocysts;

b. breeding of animals into which human pluripotent stem cells have been introduced;

c. human stem cell research deemed ineligible by the National Institutes of Health.

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