We would like to acknowledge the generous support of the institutions funding this meeting–with our thanks to:

The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership‘s mission is to promote collaboration between Japan and the United States with the goal of fulfilling shared global responsibilities and contributing to improvements in the world’s welfare, and to enhance dialogue and interchange between Japanese and US citizens on a wide range of issues, thereby improving bilateral relations.

The Wellcome Trust is an independent research-funding charity, established under the will of Sir Henry Wellcome in 1936. It is funded from a private endowment which is managed with long-term stability and growth in mind. The Trust’s mission is to foster and promote research with the aim of improving human and animal health. The Trust recognizes that stem cell research raises a number of complex social and ethical issues and provides financial support for a range of activities to explore and debate these questions through its biomedical ethics funding programme.

The RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology was launched in April 2000 under the auspices of the Millennium Project research initiative that was established to drive research in the fields of information technology, environmental science and the study of aging, areas of vital importance to both Japan and the world in the 21st century. The drafters of this plan recognized the great potential for contributions by developmental and regenerative biologists in addressing the health challenges confronting an aging society, and so the concept of a national center for developmental biology was born.

The mission of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics is to conduct advanced scholarship on the ethics of clinical practice, biomedical science, and public health, both locally and globally, and to engage students, trainees, the public, and policy-makers in serious discourse about these issues. We are committed to the following: (1) conducting cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research; (2) training the next generation of leaders in bioethics; (3) helping to prepare students and trainees for the ethical challenges of professional and civic life; (4) informing the public about bioethical issues; and (5) contributing to more ethical public policies and practices.


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