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Christopher Thomas Scott, MLA, PhD, is a research staff emeritus at Stanford University and former Director of the Stanford University Program on Stem Cells in Society, faculty and senior research scholar at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, and member of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. He is currently a senior faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine and associate director of Health Policy at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Dr Scott is an associate faculty at University of British Columbia’s National Core on Neuroethics. His academic interests focus on the social, economic, political and ethical dimensions of new biotechnologies. Scott is widely published in high impact journals such as Cell, Cell Stem Cell, Nature Methods, Nature Biotechnology, and the American Journal of Bioethics. His introductory text on stem cell biology, Stem Cell Now (Penguin/Plume) has been translated into four languages. He has taught stem cell biology to undergraduates and directs three Stanford courses on the ethics, policy and law of stem cell research. He is a contributing editor at Nature Biotechnology and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. A former cell biologist, Scott was the Assistant Vice Chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and co-founded Acumen Sciences, a research and consulting company based in San Francisco. He was past President and CEO of The Stem Cell Advisors, a non-profit company providing stem cell research oversight for biotechnology companies. He is one of only a handful of senior officials awarded for their contributions to Stanford’s research enterprise. He is regularly featured in national and local coverage of ethics and policy, including ABC, BBC, NBC, PBS, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Time, U.S. News and World Report, Boston Globe, The Atlantic Monthly, Nightline, UPI, Fox, and NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Talk of the Nation, and TechNation.
Ethics and Public Policy
Cell Stem Cell
Research Oversight and Public Service
Insitutions, Academia, Biotechnology, Pharmaceutal Companies
The Program on Stem Cells in Society: Areas of Scholarly Concentration 1) Study the political, legal, ethical, technological and economic impacts of stem cell research. 2) Educate undergraduate and graduate students and provide outreach to secondary schools and the general public about stem cell research. 3) Serve as a resource for academicians, public officials and the public on the scientific, legal and ethical impacts of stem cell research.