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Privacy, Terms of Use and other legal disclosures

The Stowers Institute for Medical Research values its donors, job applicants, volunteers and all online visitors (collectively, "Visitors") and is committed to respecting and protecting their privacy. It does not sell, trade or rent information it collects from them with other organizations or use that information to make mailings on behalf of other organizations. Within the Stowers Institute, we limit access to this information to circumstances that require such access.

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.

Information the Stowers Institute collects includes personal information that is voluntarily provided by Visitors, including electronically, and information that is publicly available. The types of personally identifiable information collected may include a Visitor's name, home, work and email address, telephone and fax number, credit card information, date of birth, gender, qualifications, educational and work history and expertise.

The Stowers Institute uses that information to accept donations and applications for employment; to inform our donors and friends about news from the Stowers Institute, upcoming events, and our fundraising needs; to thank donors; and to distribute receipts.

The Stowers Institute provides the opportunity to those donors who do not wish to be publicly acknowledged to be recognized anonymously.

We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect our or others’ rights, property, or safety.

The Stowers Institute may need to disclose personal information to trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you. We try to ensure that these entities do not use personal information for any other purpose, and that they have agreed to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of the information they obtain from us.

The Stowers Institute also collects certain traffic data information such as an online Visitor's IP address, domain server, type of computer and type of web browser. This is anonymous information that does not personally identify the Visitor but is helpful for purposes of improving the experience on our website.

We provide links from our websites to other websites that we believe may be of interest to our online Visitors. Please be aware that those sites may collect information. This policy does not apply to, and cannot control, those other websites.

Terms and Conditions

Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our website at https://www.stowers.org/disclosures?tab=terms-of-use

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our website privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

This policy may change from time to time, so please check back periodically to ensure that you are aware of any changes.

Contacting Us

We will remove anyone who requests deletion from our mailing lists. If you wish to be removed or have any questions about our privacy policy, please email us at communications@stowers.org

(Last updated March 2021)

This Web site (the "Site") is offered to you, the user, ("you" or "User") conditioned solely upon your acceptance of all the provisions of this Agreement. By accessing and using the Site, you agree to abide by all the provisions of this Agreement.

Patent, Trademark and Copyright

This Site is operated by the Stowers Institute for Medical Research ("Stowers"). The Site and its content, including all right, title and interest in its patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade dress, trade names, goodwill therein, the selection and arrangement, and any and all other intellectual property ("Intellectual Property"), is owned by Stowers and/or the respective owner thereof, if applicable. You receive no ownership interest or other rights in or to the Site, except as provided herein. The Site is for your personal, noncommercial use only, with no transfer of title.

You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, sell, or make any other use of any of the Site or its content. You may not use any of the Site content on any other Web site or networked computer environment, or in any format or medium, whether now known or hereafter existing. You may not remove any Intellectual Property or legal notice from any content downloaded from the Site.

Third Party Web Sites and Access

This Site may contain links and pointers to Internet sites maintained by third parties. Stowers does not operate or control in any respect, or endorse, the content found on such third-party sites. You assume sole responsibility for use of third party links and pointers.

You further acknowledge that all connections to, and transmissions through, the Internet, including your access to this Site, are subject to opportunities for access by third parties. As a result, by accessing the Site, you acknowledge that you have no legitimate expectation of privacy in such connections and/or transmissions, and Stowers shall not be responsible for any such third party access to such connections and/or transmissions.

Electronic Submissions

Users posting materials on this Site are responsible for the content of that material. Stowers has no responsibility for the content of any messages or information posted by users, or for the content of information of third parties on the Internet, even if accessed through Stowers' pages. However, Stowers retains the right, which it may or may not exercise, in its sole discretion, to review, edit or delete any such posted third-party material which Stowers deems to be illegal, offensive or otherwise inappropriate.

Any communication or material you send to this Site, including data, questions, comments, ideas, suggestions, or other information, shall be considered by Stowers to be public information which may be used by Stowers or its affiliates for any purpose whatsoever, including (without limitation) reproduction, disclosure, publication, broadcast and posting.

Also, you acknowledge and expressly agree that Stowers will be free to use for any purpose (without restriction and without compensation to you) any information you send or cause to be sent to the Site, including without limitation, any ideas, concepts, know-how or techniques contained or derived from any communication which you send to the Site.

Modification of this Agreement

Stowers reserves the right to change this Agreement at any time by publishing a revised version of this Agreement on the Site. You are responsible for regularly reviewing this Agreement. Continued use of the Site following any such changes means you accept and will abide by these changes.

Liability Disclaimer

THE MATERIALS IN THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE PURSUANT TO APPLICABLE LAW. STOWERS DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. STOWERS DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE SITE WILL BE OPERATED FREE OF DELAYS IN TRANSMISSION, FAILURE IN PERFORMANCE, COMPUTER VIRUSES, INACCURACIES OR ERRORS IN THE MATERIALS, OR OTHER ERRORS OR DEFECTS. YOU USE THIS SITE AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU UNDERSTAND AND EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT NEITHER THIS SITE OR THE CONTENT OF THIS SITE CONSTITUTES MEDICAL ADVICE AND YOU AGREE YOU HAVE NOT RELIED ON THIS SITE, IN ANY RESPECT, FOR MEDICAL ADVICE.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORT OR NEGLIGENCE, WILL STOWERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES THAT ARISE OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE USE OF THE SITE OR WITH THE DELAY OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, OR FOR ANY INFORMATION, HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES OBTAINED THROUGH THE SITE, OR OTHERWISE ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF THE SITE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF DAMAGES. BECAUSE SOME STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN NO EVENT SHALL STOWERS' TOTAL LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES AND CAUSES OF ACTION EXCEED THE AMOUNT PAID BY YOU, IF ANY, FOR ACCESSING THIS SITE.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Stowers, its suppliers, and any third parties assisting in the operation of the Site from any claims, liabilities, and expenses (including reasonable attorney's fees) that may arise from your use of the Site in any way or from your breach of the terms of this Agreement.

General

Stowers reserves the right to make any and all changes to the Site at its sole discretion without notice to users. Stowers reserves the right to deny access to the Site to anyone at any time, and to terminate this Agreement at any time without notice in its sole discretion.

This Agreement shall be deemed to include all other notices, policies, disclaimers, and other terms contained in the Site; provided, however, that in the event of a conflict between such other terms and the terms of this Agreement, the terms of this Agreement shall control.

This Agreement is governed by the laws of the State of Missouri, in the United States of America, without regard to conflicts of law provisions. You consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of courts of Kansas City, Missouri, in the United States of America, in all disputes arising out of or relating to the use of the Site. Use of the Site is unauthorized in any jurisdiction that does not give effect to all provisions of these terms and conditions, including without limitation this paragraph.

If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable pursuant to applicable law including, but not limited to, the warranty disclaimers and liability limitations set forth above, then the invalid or unenforceable provision will be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that most closely matches the intent of the original provision and the remainder of the Agreement shall continue in effect.

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and Stowers with respect to the Site and it supersedes all prior or contemporaneous communications and proposals, whether electronic, oral or written, between you and Stowers with respect to the Site. A printed version of this Agreement and of any notice given in electronic form will be admissible in judicial or administrative proceedings based upon or relating to this Agreement to the same extent and subject to the same conditions as other business documents and records originally generated and maintained in printed form.

Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to Stowers.

(Last updated March 2021)

Stem Cell Research

In compliance with provisions in the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cure Initiative, the Stowers Institute files annual reports on all human embryonic stem cell research with the Missouri Secretary of State.

The Institute's most recent report is available at 2021 hESC Annual Report.

Stowers Institute hESC Annual Report Archive:
2020
- 2019 - 2018 - 2017 - 2016 - 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - 2009 - 2008 - 2007 - 2006

Financial Conflict of Interest Policy

In compliance with the Public Health Service of the US Department of Health and Human Services (PHS) Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) rules and regulations, the Stowers Institute makes its FCOI policy available to the public.

The policy is available here.

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