This website has been created to facilitate information sharing about activities related to stem cell research at the National Academies.

The National Academies Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee is a project of the National Research Council’s Board on Life Sciences and the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Health Sciences Policy.

Information about Stem Cell Basics and the educational primer on Understanding Stem Cells is provided by the communications staff of the National Academies’ Division on Earth & Life Studies.

Please also see a list of related activities.

For more information, please contact:

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee
Board on Life Sciences
National Research Council
Keck Center, 6th Floor
500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Email: fsharples@nas.edu

The National Academies—the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council—provide a public service by working outside the framework of government to ensure independent advice on matters of science, technology, and medicine. They enlist committees of the nation’s top scientists, engineers, and other experts—all of whom volunteer their time to study specific concerns. The results of these deliberations are authoritative, peer-reviewed reports that have inspired some of the nation’s most significant efforts to improve the health, education, and welfare of the population.

Masthead Image: The image used in this Web site’s header graphic shows a cluster of motor neurons and neural fibers derived from human embryonic stem cells in the lab of University of Wisconsin-Madison stem cell researcher and neurodevelopmental biologist Su-Chun Zhang. The motor neurons are shown in red; neural fibers appear green and the blue specks indicate DNA in cell nuclei. These motor neurons were developed from one of James Thomson’s original human embryonic stem cell lines. Copyright for the photograph is held by the University of Wisconsin’s Board of Regents.