In early 2004, members of the Stem Cell Policy and Ethics Program (SCOPE) at the The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics began developing a new project that came to be titled Transnational Cooperation in Stem Cell Research. This meeting aspired to bring together an esteemed, international and interdisciplinary group to explore the ethical and policy challenges of transnational scientific collaboration raised by variations in national regulations governing embryo research and stem cell science. 

The specific objectives of the project were to: 1) i dentify the primary challenges faced by scientists, universities, and journal editors with respect to international collaboration in stem cell research, 2) determine the extent to which it may be possible to develop guidance for conduct that could be useful across national boundaries and national legal regimes, 3) explore the role of oversight and data sharing in international research, 4) explore the question of oocyte donation and related issues, and 5) identify forward-looking strategies to foster the scientific and ethical integrity of research in a global context.

With the generous support of our funders, the international group - including scientists, clinicians, ethics & policy experts, lawyers and scientific journal editors - convened for a three-day meeting, February 22-24, 2006, at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, located in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.  This meeting resulted in the drafting and dissemination of a Consensus Statement outlining a set of principled recommendations for how work in this area ought to proceed in the context of national variations in policy.

For further information on the Transnational Cooperation in Stem Cell Research meeting, please visit:

Meeting Overview : a summary of the purpose and proceedings of the meeting.

Chatham House Rule : an explanation of the rule the members of the Hinxton Group operated under throughout the meeting.

Reference Materials : a list of journal articles and reference documents, with links to the original text, used by members of the Hinxton Group during the meeting.

Funders : a list of funders whose generous donations made the meeting possible.

Meeting Participants:

Steering Committee

Ruth Faden, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics,
Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
624 North Broadway, Room 352
Baltimore, MD 21205-1996
Phone: 410 955 3018

Peter J. Donovan, Ph.D.
Professor, Biological Chemistry,
Developmental & Cell Biology, University of California - Irvine
2054 Hewitt Hall
Irvine, CA 92697
Phone: 949 824 3691

John Harris, F.Med.Sci., B.A., D.Phil.
Sir David Alliance Professor of Bioethics, Institute of Medicine Law and Bioethics,
School of Law, University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL
Phone: +44 161 275 3473

Robin Lovell-Badge, Ph.D., F.Med.Sci., F.R.S.
Head, Division of Developmental Genetics, MRC National Institute for Medical Research
Division of Developmental Genetics, MRC National Institute for Medical Research
The Ridgeway, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA, UH
Phone: +44 020 8816 2126

Debra J.H. Mathews, Ph.D., M.A.
Assistant Director for Science Programs, The Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute,
The Johns Hopkins University
100 North Charles Street, Suite 740
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410 516 8602

Julian Savulescu, B.Med.Sci., M.B., B.S., M.A., Ph.D.
Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics,
Director, Program on the Ethics of the New Biosciences,
21st Century School, University of Oxford,
Littlegate House, St Ebbes
Oxford OX1 1P, UK
Phone: +44 1865 286888

Other Members

Jayapaul Azariah, M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Professor and Head (Retired), Department of Zoology,
Director, School of Life Sciences (Retired), University of Madras,
Founder & President, All India Bioethics Association

Nissim Benvenisty M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Genetics, The Herbert Cohn Chair in Cancer Research,
Director, Stem Cell Unit, Department of Genetics,
Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hilary Bok, Ph.D.
Henry R. Luce Professor of Bioethics and Moral & Political Theory,
The Johns Hopkins University School of Arts & Sciences

Silvia Brunelli, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher, Stem Cell Research Institute, DIBIT-HSR
Assistant Professor of Genetics and Biology,
Department of Experimental, Environmental Medicine and Medical Biotechnology, University of Milano-Bicocca

Philip Campbell, Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Nature

Sarah Chan, B.Sc.(Hons), L.L.B
Research Fellow, Centre for Social Ethics and Policy,
University of Manchester

Linzhao Cheng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Stem Cell Program, Institute for Cell Engineering,
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

David Coles, Ph.D., B.Sc.

Katrien Devolder, Ph.D.
Research Fellow, Centre for Environmental Philosophy and Bioethics,
Ghent University

Julia Finkel, B.A.
Research Assistant, The Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute,
The Johns Hopkins University

Minou Friele (Ph.D. Candidate)
Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf

David Heyd, Ph.D., B.Sc.
Chaim Perelman Chair in Philosophy,
Department of Philosophy, The Hebrew University

Rev. Colin Honey, M.A.
Director, Lonsdale Centre for Applied Ethics

Insoo Hyun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Bioethics,
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Rosario M. Isasi, J.D., M.P.H.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Genetics & Society Project,
Centre de recherche en droit public, Université de Montréal

Kyu Won, Jung, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Law, Hanyang University

S. Matthew Liao, D.Phil.
Greenwall Fellow 2004-2006,
The Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities

Anne McLaren, D.B.E., F.R.S.
Distinguished Group Leader,
Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK,
Gurdon Institute

Maurizio Mori, M.A., Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Philosphy,
University of Turin

Christian Munthe, Ph.D.
Professor of Practical Philosophy,
Department of Philosophy, Göteborg University

Alison Murdoch, B.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.O.G.
Head, Newcastle Fertility Centre,
BioScience Centre, International Centre for Life

Norio Nakatsuji, D.Sc.
Director and Professor, Institute for Frontier Medical Sciences,
Kyoto University

Chris O'Toole, Ph.D.
Head of Research Regulation,
Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

Mitradas M. Panicker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
National Centre for Biological Sciences (TIFR)

Mark Patterson, Ph.D.
Director of Publishing, Public Library of Science

Roger A. Pedersen, Ph.D.
Professor of Regenerative Medicine,
University of Cambridge

Martin Frederick Pera, B.A., Ph.D., M.A.
Research Professor, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University,
Director of Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Australian Stem Cell Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research,

Beverly A. Purnell, Ph.D.
Senior Editor, Science Magazine
American Association for Advancement of Science

Alan Regenberg, M.Be.
Senior Research Program Coordinator, The Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute,
The Johns Hopkins University

Ren-Zong Qiu, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Bioethics, Institute of Philosophy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,
Professor and Director, Center for Bioethics, Central China University of Science and Technology,
Professor, Research Center for Bioethics, Peking Union Medical College

Carlos M. Romeo-Casabona, Dr. iur. Dr. med. Dr. h.c.mult.
Professor in Criminal Law, Director, Inter-University Chair,
BBVA Foundation - Provincial Government of Biscay in Law and the Human Genome
University of Deusto / University of The Basque Country

Brian Salter, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Professor of Biopolitics, Global Biopolitics Research Group,
University of East Anglia

Taylor Samuelson
Public Affairs Team,
British Embassy, Washington

Josep Santaló, Ph.D.
Associate Professor on Cell Biology, Departament de Biologia Cellular, Facultat de Ciències,
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Rhodri Saunders (M.Bioch. Candidate)
Hertford College

Hui Z. Sheng, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Center for Developmental Biology,
Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Loane Skene, L.L.M. (Mon), L.L.B. (Hons) (Melb)
Professor of Law, Faculty of Law,
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
University of Melbourne

Davor Solter, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Developmental Biology,
Director, Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology

Glyn Stacey, Ph.D.
Head of Division of Cell Biology and Imaging, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control
Director, The UK Stem Cell Bank

William C. Stubing
President, The Greenwall Foundation

Jeremy Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine,
Deputy Director for Medicine, The Phoebe R. Berman Bioethics Institute,
The Johns Hopkins University

Andrew M. Sugden, Ph.D.
International Managing Editor, Science International
American Association for the Advancement of Science

André Van Steirteghem, M.D., Ph.D.
Scientific and Laboratory Director, Clinical Centre for Reproductive Medicine and the Research Centre for Reproduction and Genetics of the Dutch-speaking Brussels Free University,
Past-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy,
Past-Chairman and Executive Director of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology,
Deputy Editor, Human Reproduction.

Susan E. Wallace, Ph.D., M.A.
Policy Officer (Humanities), Public Health Genetics Unit,
Cambridge Genetics Knowledge Park

Leroy B. Walters, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy Department,
Georgetown University

Elias T. Zambidis M.D./Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and Oncology,
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

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