HESC Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell
Research and Education

RENEW Biobank

The RENEW Biobank is located at the Center for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Education (hESC) in the Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Institute. The Center builds on the established excellence of the Institute, in combination with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, by focusing on four areas of primary importance in stem cells research:
1) Human embryology
2) Germ cell development
3) Reprogramming cells
4) Directed differentiation of stem cells to other cell types.

Biobank Director:
Barry Behr, PhD, HCLD

If you are interested in donating biological materials, or are a clinician who wants to offer your patients disposition options, please follow the instructions provided below.



Reasons for Patients to Donate

Each IVF cycle generates a small excess of unusable biological materials. You have the opportunity to donate those discarded IVF materials for research at Stanford.
Research on in vitro fertilization and the human embryo prior to implantation is necessary if we are to understand human development and treat a wide range of human disorders including infertility.
Advances in human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research may some day lead to new treatments for adult diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease, spinal chord injuries or Alzheimer's disease.


Reasons for Clinicians to Offer Their Patients Stanford Disposition Options

The RENEW Biobank at the Stanford School of Medicine offers:

A streamlined consent process
Minimal clinic involvement
Friendly and knowledgeable staff
Extensive legal and research compliance oversight
Ethical procurement and distribution of donated materials
State-of-the art database and inventory tracking system
More than 10 IRB-approved research protocols currently in progress



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