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4th Annual GSCN Conference
12 - 14 September 2016
Hannover, Germany

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The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a network association aiming at creating synergies between all areas of basic and applied stem cell research and to provide an interface between science, politics, education and society as a whole.




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The different German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) Logos in low resolution

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GSCN White Paper "Öffentliche Förderung der Stammzellforschung - Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich" (in German)

The working group " Funding Programs and Policies" has published a White Paper on the funding situation for stem cell research and regenerative medicine in Germany and in comparison to other leading countries (US, UK, Sweden and Japan). If you are interested to get printed documents please contact the GSCN central office (contact: GSCN Office).


You can download it  here.

The 4th Annual GSCN Conference in Hannover brought the German community together

The 4rd Annual Conference of the GSCN (  Conference Website) welcomed over 400 participants and 35 companies to the Hannover Medical School in Hannover from 12 - 14 September 2016.

During the intense three days the community presented the newest results in oral and poster presentations. The conference again offered extensive possibilities to network, discuss with existing collaborators and forge new interactions. The largest industry exhibition of all GSCN annual conference with 35 booths of partnering companies offered the possibilities to learn about the new technologies and products for the field and foster the interactions with the private sector. A non-PI meeting of 24 keen young scientists followed the official program on Thursday 15 Sept. 2016. As in previous years a well-attended public event on Wednesday evening presented the advances of stem cell research to an interested lay audience (public event 2016).

One highlight among many others was the Presidential Symposium with this years winners of the GSCN awards:
You find more information on the 2016 awardees here:  GSCN Awards and in the Press release GSCN Awards 2016 

Further reading (in German):  www.biotechnologie.de

News, news, news

GSCN October Newsletter is online - with latest news about the GSCN Conference, White Paper and workshops. Read more  here

German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) announces scientific awards: All eyes on stem cells

- The „GSCN 2016 Young Investigator Award“ goes to Dr. Leo Kurian of the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) at the University of Cologne.
- The „GSCN 2016 Female Scientist Award“ goes to Prof. Dr. Claudia Waskow of the TU Dresden.
- The „GSCN 2016 Publication of the Year Award“ goes to Dr. Guangqi Song, Dr. Martin Pacher, Prof. Michael Ott and Dr. Amar Deep Sharma of the REBIRTH Center and TWINCORE Center at Hannover Medical School for the publication “Direct Reprogramming of Hepatic Myofibroblasts into Hepatocytes In Vivo Attenuates Liver Fibrosis“ in the journal Cell Stem Cell

The three GSCN awards are accompanied by a prize of 1,500 €. The awardees will deliver a presentation in the presidential symposium at the 4th Annual Conference of the GSCN from 12 - 14 Sept. 2016 in Hannover.

Find more information in the press release:  All eyes on stem cells


GSCN Flyer for patients "Therapies with stem cells" (in German)

The working group " Patient information" has published a new flyer with information about therapies with stem cells and the risk of unproven therapies. If you are interested, the central office will mail it to you (contact: GSCN Office).


You can download it  here.

"Let's talk about trouble shooting" - Non-PI meeting

The idea of this non-PI meeting following the GSCN conference (Thursday, 15 Sept. 2016) is to discuss difficulties and pitfalls in your research and get input for solutions. A keynote lecture on "building successful collaborations“, „efficient problem solving“, „ins and outs of successful grant writing“ and „work experience abroad“ will be given by Vanessa Sauer (Münster). If you are interested to participate, you can indicate it when you register for the GSCN conference.

The number of participants is limited to 20 researchers. Deadline for registration: 15 June 2016.

Our GSCN annual magazine "Applied Stem Cell Research in Germany" is online:


You can download it  here.

UniStem Day 2016 in Germany

On 11 March 2016 the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) together with German research institutes and universities at seven locations in Germany initiates an European activity day for Stem Cell Research in Germany - the UniStem Day. The event is aimed at students from schools and universities to give information on stem cell research. More than 1200 students are expected to participate in Germany. For more information (in German) please visit  here.

400 participants at the 3rd International Annual GSCN Conference

The 3rd International Annual Conference of the GSCN welcomed 400 participants and 25 companies to the Otto Stern Center (Goethe-University, Campus Riedberg) in Frankfurt/Main from 9 - 11 September 2015.

For three days scientists discussed their results in talks and posters, met collaborators and made new contacts and informed the public (public event) on the recent advances in applications of stem cells.

One highlight among many others was the Presidential Symposium with this years winners of the GSCN awards:
You find more information on the 2015 awardees here:  GSCN Awards and in the Press release GSCN Awards 

Further reading (in German):  www.biotechnologie.de Wie Stammzellen die Pharmaforschung beschleunigen (Die Welt),  Genchirurgen aus Fernost (Die Welt),  Neuroforschung: Akkurat verteilt ein Roboter die Stammzellen (Stuttgarter Zeitung)

New stem cell film synchronized in English

The GSCN produced film about application possibilities of cell therapies are now available in English.
Andreas Zeiher and Hubert Serve of the University clinic in Frankfurt talk about their research, ideas and hopes.
Please take a look  here.

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News from the field

(DE) - article in German, (GSCN) - contribution of GSCN members

Mouse egg cells made entirely in the lab give rise to healthy offspring
From stem cell to oocyte in a dish
Stammzellforschung: Eizellen züchten - es geht
Der Durchbruch berührt alles, was hierzulande abgelehnt wird (DE)
Source: Science MagazineThe Scientist, Die Zeit (DE), Süddeutsche Zeitung (DE) 17.10.16

New stem cell-based strategy may help predict heart-damaging effects of drugs
Source: News Medical, 17.10.16

Salk scientist wants to solve transplant shortage by growing organs in animals
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune,  15.10.16

Genschere repariert Sichelzellen-Anämie (DE)
Source: Scinexx,  13.10.16

Innovation aus Dresden soll künftig Blindheit heilen (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Sachsen Fernsehen,  12.10.16

Scientists create lab-grown human brains that could think and feel
Source: Nature World News, 12.10.16

Research points to ways to improve the therapeutic potential of stem cells
Source: ScienceDaily, 11.10.16

Differing duration of brain stem cell division
Source: Max Planck Society, 6.10.16

Questions for Rudolf Jaenisch: Creating mouse-human hybrids
Source: Spectrum,  4.10.16

Gutachten zu Embryonenbegriffen im deutschen und europäischen Recht (DE)
Source: Kompetenznetzwerk_Stammzellforschung NRW,  4.10.16

$8 million grant to support research to repair hearts with bioengineered patch
Source: UAB,  21.09.16

Divisions run deep over how to regulate stem cell clinics
Source: CNN,  19.09.16

Quallen-Proteine helfen bei der Erforschung von Herzrhythmusstörungen (DE)
Source: Medizin Aspekte, 2.09.16

Zweifel an Novartis' Stammzellen-Strategie (DE)
Source: Handelszeitung, 2.09.16

Schweine mit Menschenherzen (DE)
Source: Neue Züricher Zeitung, 2.09.16

Mehr Knochengewebe aus Stammzellen (DE)
Source: Wissenschaft aktuell, 1.09.16

Mehr Knochengewebe aus Stammzellen (DE)
Source: Wissenschaft aktuell, 1.09.16

Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin Stem Cell Network North Rhine Westphalia Partner Organizations Federal Ministry of Education and Research VDI Technologiezentrum