Insoo Hyun , Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Bioethics

Stem Cell Research Ethics and Public Policy

Medical Decision Making

Allocation of Scarce Health Resources

Office Phone: 216-368-8658

International Society for Stem Cell Research



Insoo Hyun is Associate Professor in the Department of Bioethics and Director of the CWRU Stem Cell Ethics Center.  He received his BA and MA in Philosophy at Stanford and his PhD in Philosophy at Brown University. 

 In 2005, Dr. Hyun received a Fulbright Research Award by the U.S. Department of State to study the ethical, legal, and cultural dynamics of human research cloning in South Korea.  In 2006 he chaired the Subcommittee on Human Biological Materials Procurement for the International Embryonic Stem Cell Guidelines Task Force, a multinational, multidisciplinary working group for the ISSCR (International Society for Stem Cell Research).  In 2007 he served as Co-Chairperson of the ISSCR Task Force on International Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells.  Dr. Hyun is the past-Chairperson of the ISSCR’s Ethics and Public Policy Committee.

 Dr. Hyun’s articles have appeared in Science, Nature, Cell Stem Cell, Cell, The Hastings Center Report, and The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and many others. 

Select Publications

Insoo Hyun, “Bioethics and the Future of Stem Cell Research,” New York, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Insoo Hyun, “Therapeutic Hope, Spiritual Distress, and the Problem of Stem Cell Tourism,” Cell Stem Cell 12 (5):505-507, 2 May 2013.

Olle Lindvall and Insoo Hyun, “Medical Innovation Versus Stem Cell Tourism,” Science 324, 2009: 1664-1665.

Insoo Hyun, “Stem Cells From Skin Cells: The Ethical Questions,” Hastings Center Report 38, no. 1, 2008: 20-22.

Insoo Hyun, Konrad Hochedlinger, Rudolf Jaenisch, Shinya Yamanaka, “New Advances in iPS Cell Research Do Not Obviate the Need for Human Embryonic Stem Cells,” Cell Stem Cell 1, 2007: 367-368.

Insoo Hyun, “Fair Payment or Undue Inducement?” Nature 442, 2006: 629-630.

Select Presentations

 Cambridge University: International Science and Bioethics Collaborations in Asia, July 14, 2010.   “The Bioethics of Stem Cell Research: Do the Differences Between East and West Matter?”

 Stanford Law School: Stem Cell Policy: Understanding the Scientific and Legal Challenges Ahead. Stanford, CA, October 2, 2009.              “Ethical Considerations for Stem Cell-Based Clinical Trials”

 National Academy of Sciences:  Washington, DC, November 20, 2008. “Ethical Issues in the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells.”

Contact Information

Insoo Hyun , Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Bioethics
Department of Bioethics
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-4976

Office: 216-368-8658
FAX: 216-368-8713

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