Human Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee (HSCRO)

The Case Western Reserve University Human Stem Cell Research Oversight (HSCRO) Committee provides oversight of in vitro research involving:

  • The use of established human pluripotent stem cell lines that are limited to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Registry
  • The use of already existing human pluripotent stem cell lines
  • The collection of tissues or embryos for derivation of new (not established or already existing) human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) and human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) lines.
  • The procurement and use of in vitro fertilization (IVF) embryos for research, or the procurement and/or use of human gametes to create research embryos
  • The in vitro culture of embryos or embryo-like structures
  • The generation of human totipotent cells and the mixing of totipotent or pluripotent stem cells with human embryos in vitro
  • The transfer of human unipotent or pluripotent stem cells, and/or any of these stem cell types' direct derivatives into laboratory animals only where there is a possibility of human cell integration into the animals' central nervous systems (CNS) and/or the animals' sex cells

Download the CWRU HSCRO Application

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HSCRO Contacts

Email the HSCRO at or contact a member of our team.