Bernard Lo, MD


My pertinent research is on ethical and policy issues regarding stem cell research. Our group has analyzed the ethical issues in obtaining consent to donate embryos and gametes for stem cell research, issues of risk and consent in clinical trials using stem-cell based therapies, and institutional oversight of stem cell research. Our work has had a practical focus, making recommendations that would address ethical concerns while allowing valuable scientific research to proceed.

This academic research is closely connected with my service on public advisory bodies, including the NIH Advisory Board on Research on Human Embryos (1994), The National Bioethics Advisory Commission (1996-2001), Co-Chair, Scientific and Medical Accountability Standards Working Group of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2005-present), and Member, California Department of Health Services Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee (2006-present).