ASHBi Bioethics–Biology Fusion Seminar (Dr Nicolas Rivron)

November 26, 2020

ASHBi Bioethics–Biology Fusion Seminar (Dr Nicolas Rivron)

We will have the ASHBi Bioethics–Biology Fusion Seminars funded by the ASHBi Fusion Grant. At this time, we invite Dr Nicolas Rivron from Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences as a lecturer.
If you have any interests in the topic, you are welcome to attend this seminar.

Event Details

Thursday, 26 November 2020
5:00PM—6:30PM, JST
Zoom Online Meeting*
[NOTE] Highspeed LAN/WiFi environment advised for stability


Researchers and students in Kyoto University


"The Ethics of Embryo Models Formed Solely from Stem Cells"


Dr Nicolas Rivron
Group Leader, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA)


Over the past few years, in vitro models of the embryo have been formed from mouse or human stem cells. These models mimic features of development including cell fate decisions, patterning, and morphogenesis. Because they can be generated in large numbers and finely modified, both genetically and physically, they might be powerful and ethical alternatives to the use of embryos for basic and biomedical sciences. Due to their novelty, guidelines for the ethical conduct of research on human embryo models is currently not well defined. What is their legal status? What can we expect them to become in the future? What can we learn from them? Here, I will discuss some key ethical aspects of this emerging research and propose some recommendations for its oversight.


Pre-registered participants only

Registration Form (Google Form)

[IMPORTANT] Participants shall not disclose any confidential information to others since unpublished data may appear in the presentations.


Cantas Alev, Go Okui, and Tsutomu Sawai (ASHBi, Kyoto University)


Cantas Alev