About

sdrec

The San Diego Research Ethics Consortium (SDREC) is a multi-institution core resource formed by some of the leading biomedical research institutions in Southern California to support the ethical conduct of science in stem cell and other research programs. Its mission is to foster an environment of integrity and responsibility in the conduct of research by increasing awareness, discussion, and understanding of the ethical dimensions of research.

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History

July 2018

For more than a decade, SDREC stem cell ethics education requirements served as an internationally distinctive model. Based on evolution both in the nature of stem cell research and in institutional culture, representatives of SDREC member institutions have concluded it is now time for a new approach. On the one hand, rather than deriving new cell lines from human embryos, much of stem cell research involves relatively benign studies involving the in vitro use of long-studied cell lines. On the other hand, those projects that do raise challenging ethical questions are diverse. A one size fits all approach is no longer appropriate. Instead, programs and events will be developed as needed on an ad hoc basis to target specific research groups and research topics.

August 2011

Representatives of SDREC institutions were interviewed to assess strengths and challenges for the SDREC to continue providing useful services. View a summary of the report.

October 2010

International Stem Cell Corporation (ISCO) joined the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium effective July 2010.

October 2008

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI) joined the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium effective July 2008.

December 2007

Burnham Institute for Biomedical Research and Salk Institute for Biological Studies confirm adoption of the requirement for ethics training. This decision confirmed that all four institutions accepted a common approach to requirements for ethics training.

October 2007

UC San Diego and The Scripps Research Institute adopt a modified ethics training requirement to recognize the need to match levels of training requirements to the nature of the research being conducted.

April 2007

All members of the SDREC begin developing or adopting requirements for ethics training; UCSD and The Scripps Research Institute adopt requirements for initial training in ethics and continuing ethics education for stem cell researchers

July 2006

Announcement of the creation of the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium (SDREC).

March 2006

Announcement of the creation of the San Diego Institute for Regenerative Medicine to include the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Scripps Research Institute, and UC San Diego in stem cell research.

February 2006

Representatives of the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Scripps Research Institute, and UC San Diego reach agreement in principle to create a shared resource for addressing research ethics, including stem cell ethics.

 

(858) 822-2647 | FAX: (858) 822-5765 | Email: sdrec@ucsd.edu