With the creation of the SCOC, we assemble a strong multidisciplinary consortium of academia and industry, and an interdisciplinary team of senior scientists, engineers and informatics specialists with very deep knowledge and skills in analyzing cellomics and genomics information.
In addition, we expect the SCOC will stimulate more single-cell genomics research throughout Asia," Worthington concluded.
The focus of the SCOC will be on single-cell analytics for biologics research and development, biomarker discovery, drug targeting, molecular diagnostics, pathway modeling, cellular and toxicity studies, pharmaceutical research and development, agricultural research and development, industrial biotechnology, and academic, clinical and basic research.
25) The other set was recommended by the SCOC and approved by the CIHR Governing Council in 2005 (26) and 2006.
They must demonstrate both to the SCOC and to their local institutional Research Ethics Board that they will include all nine requirements in their consent procedures.
The SCOC saw this plainly and created a checklist to help evaluate applications; this list includes a section on informed consent materials and procedures that is used during SCOC review of informed consent documents included in stem cell research proposals.
The SCOC and CIHR, not wishing to counsel or approve illegal acts, agreed to this request on a provisional basis, with the understanding that the SCOC would examine the issue at its next meeting.
Subsequent discussion at the July 2005 SCOC meeting focussed on whether a preliminary decision to donate excess embryos could be construed as an act in the service of creating embryos for research purposes.
The SCOC relied in its discussion on an accepted legal and ethical distinction between knowledge and intent.
The view of this matter adopted by the SCOC is supported by a subsequent discussion in a 2006 paper by Elizabeth Kuruvila of the Law & Government Division of the Library of Parliament, which provides authoritative information for Committees and Members of the Senate and the House of Commons.
The SCOC returned to the issue of whether CIHR could alter the consent provisions of the 2002 Guidelines at its November 2005 meeting.
The SCOC solicited and considered the opinions of a number of experts regarding whether or not incorporation of the 2002 Guidelines in the AHR Act meant that the consent provisions of the Guidelines had become static (that is, not subject to change by CIHR).