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How can I donate eggs (oocytes) for stem cell research in New York State?

The NYSTEM program is not directly involved in obtaining eggs (oocytes) for use in stem cell research. The NYSTEM program provides funds to New York State stem cell researchers to conduct all types of stem cell research, including research involving plant, animal and human stem cells. On June 11, 2009 the Empire State Stem Cell Board revised the standards that apply to NYSTEM-funded research to compensate oocyte donors donating specifically for research purposes. The NYSTEM program does not maintain a listing of researchers who are engaged in, or considering, research using oocytes retrieved specifically for research purposes. As a result, we do not have a list of investigators or institutions that are seeking oocyte donations for stem cell research. You may be able to identify a facility that will assist you in donating oocytes for research purposes by contacting the research office of a local university or a health clinic providing in vitro fertilization (IVF) that is associated with a research institution or university. Please note that any institution providing such a service in New York State must be licensed by the New York State Department of Health. Other states may have similar requirements or laws, and the Department of Health in your state may be able to provide state-specific information.