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Ethical, legal and practical issues of establishing an adipose stem cell bank for research.

TitleEthical, legal and practical issues of establishing an adipose stem cell bank for research.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsWest CC, Murray IR, González ZN, Hindle P, Hay DC, Stewart KJ, Péault B
JournalJ Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg
Date Published2014 Jun
KeywordsAdipocytes, Biomedical Research, Ethics Committees, Research, Female, Humans, Male, Stem Cell Transplantation, Stem Cells, Tissue and Organ Procurement, Tissue Banks, Tissue Preservation

Access to human tissue is critical to medical research, however the laws and regulations surrounding gaining ethical and legal access to tissue are often poorly understood. Recently, there has been a huge increase in the interest surrounding the therapeutic application of adipose tissue, and adipose-derived stem cells. To facilitate our own research interests and possibly assist our local colleagues and collaborators, we established a Research Tissue Bank (RTB) to collect, store and distribute human adipose tissue derived cells with all the appropriate ethical approval for subsequent downstream research. Here we examine the legal, ethical and practical issues relating to the banking of adipose tissue for research in the UK, and discuss relevant international guidelines and policies. We also share our experiences of establishing an RTB including the necessary infrastructure and the submission of an application to a Research Ethics Committee (REC).

Alternate JournalJ Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg
PubMed ID24529696