Adult Stem Cell Research
The advent of embryonic stem cell research created an ethical debate within the scientific community because of its promise to save lives at the cost of destroying others. Researchers at Notre Dame use only adult stem cells and non-human embryonic stem cells and will never conduct embryonic stem cell research, in full accord with the Catholic Church’s teaching as expressed in Dignitas Personae (The Dignity of the Person).
We are now in the midst of one of the most critical races of our time: to prove that adult stem cells possess the ability to cure debilitating and degenerative diseases before other institutions make similar discoveries using human embryonic stem cells.
Because of the great life-saving potential of adult stem cells—both in research to treat diseases and as an alternative to their destructive embryonic counterparts—Notre Dame created a center to take the lead in scientific research and discovery on all forms of non-embryonic stem cell research.
The Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine is an interdisciplinary enterprise, bringing together biologists, biomolecular engineers, lawyers, philosophers, and theologians to advance the research and application of adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells while leading the ethical and legal discussion on the use of stem cells.