Upcoming event

3rd International Annual Conference of the GSCN
9 - 11 September 2015
Frankfurt/Main, Germany


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.



GSCN Membership


The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a member-driven initiative. Join us and support this important initiative!


GSCN Logos

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

(for high-resolution and vector files please inquire at GSCN Central Office)



Extended deadlines for the 3rd International Annual Conference of the GSCN until 15 June 2015:

The deadlines for 

· abstract submission (to be considered for oral presentation)
· early bird registration fees and
· application for  travel awards (free registration fee and a travel stipend of 400 Euro)

have been extended until 15 June 2015.
 Submit your abstract and register now!

GSCN stem cell films in English

Our GSCN films about stem cell research in the fields of hematopoietic, neuronal and cancer stem cells have been synchronized in English.

Please take a look and use them for courses, open days, sciences days/nights, school classes etc.

Newsletter May 2015 online

Please find the latest newletter with deadlines, informations and activities here

New annual magazine of the GSCN "Stem Cell Technologies in Germany" 2014/15 online

Please find our latest annual magazin here.

GSCN Awards

Following the decision of the GSCN executive board in Heidelberg to establish three GSCN awards, we would like to ask you for suggestions for two of these awards:

  1. Young Investigator (German-based) (The candidate should be within 8 year after the doctorate degree and in her/his first faculty/independent position (non-tenured); GSCN membership is not required).
  2. Female Scientist (based in Germany) (no limitations on the level; GSCN membership is not required).

All awardees will give a presentation in the presidential session at the GSCN conference on 10 September, 2015 in Frankfurt/Main. Each award also includes an amount of 1,500 €.

Candidates are now being evaluated by the awards committee.

The third award “Best publication of the Year” will be selected in July 2015 based on the publications from June 2014 - June 2015 (the first author will be presenting).
If you like to have your publication of the last year to be considered for this award, please send a pdf version to the GSCN Office.

The awardees will be selected by the GSCN conference 2015 program committee and the executive board.

Moratorium on genetic engineering of the human germ line

GSCN statement concerning the genetic modification of the human germline. Please download the complete statement here.

450 participants at the 2nd International Annual Conference of the GSCN

The 2nd International Annual Conference took place November 3 - 5, 2014 at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg. The GSCN is happy to inform that this event was, like last years event in Berlin, very successful with many presentations from the German and international scientific community, contribution from partner organizations and companies and lots of networking.

 Joint Satellite Symposium on Neural Stem Cells on November 5-6, 2014 completed the program and was with 120 participants well attended. 

Please download the final program with all abstracts  here.

Further reading:
 biotechnology.de (in German)
 MDC Insights: All about stem cells
 DIE WELT: Der geplatzte Traum von der Wundertherapie (in German)

Highlight movie of the 2nd GSCN Conference

Three short movies on stem cell research in Germany (NOW in English)

From the program: "Stammzellforschung: Realität und Perspektiven"
In the fall of 2014 the GSCN produced three short movies highlighting different areas of stem cell research  link:

- Magdalena Götz, Munich, on neuronal stem cells ( youtube link)
- Anthony D. Ho, Heidelberg, on hematopoietic stem cells ( youtube link)
- Andreas Trumpp, Heidelberg, on cancer stem cells ( youtube link)

GSCN Annual Magazine 2013/14

  Annual Magazine: Stem Cell Research in Germany (English)

A highlight film and interview movies on GSCN activities

The GSCN movies can be found here:

Archive GSCN News


GSCN Members


News from the field

Weltgrösste Stammzellenbank wird für 700 Millionen Dollar verkauft (in German)

Source:  finanzen.ch, 26.6.2015

E.U. science chief wants to work ERC magic on innovation

Source:  scienceInsider, 26.6.2015

Artificial trachea researcher responds to misconduct report

Source:  scienceInsider, 26.6.2015

Researchers Grow Neurons in 3D

Source:  uni-luxemburg, 26.6.2015

Mini-Gehirne aus dem Bioreaktor (in German)

Source:  deutschlandfunk, 24.6.2015

Protein Plays Unexpected Role in Embryonic Stem Cells

Source:  dddmag, 23.6.2015

Stem cell therapy for stroke shows need for rigorous trials in US

Source:  medicalxpress, 22.6.2015

Stemedica teams up with UCSD doc?

Source:  ipscell, 19.6.2015

Ontario Invests $25 Million in Stem Cell Research

Source:  Southwesthealthline, 19.6.2015

Bioengineering. Towards a body-on-a-chip

Source:  Economist, 13.6.2015

California company buys facility for stem cell manufacturing

Source: FiecePharmaMan., 10.6.2015

EU-Kommission lehnt Verbot von Tierversuchen ab (in German)

Source:  Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 5.6.2015

CRISPR, the disruptor

Source:  nature, 3.6.2015

Copyshopping: Ein Besuch in der Hunde-Klonfabrik

Source:  profil, 4.6.2015

Azrieli Foundation gives HU $10 million for stem-cell research on genetic diseases

Source:  Jerusalem Post, 3.6.2015

Blaupause für die Stammzelldifferenzierung von Leberzellen

Source:  ifado, 3.6.2015

Gen steuert Stammzellen während Muskelregeneration

Source:  MPG, 1.6.2015

Research solves mystery of memory and mood

Source:  uq.edu.au, 1.6.2015

White House supports moratorium on human genetic modification

Source:  ipscell, 1.6.2015

Stammzellschalter auf Wanderschaft (in German)

Source:  Uni Freiburg, 29.5.2015

Scientists grow tiny brains from stem cells

Source:  redorbit, 1.6.2015

Forscher erhalten grünes Licht (in German)

Source:  Ärztezeitung, 28.5.2015

Der riskante Boom privater Stammzelltherapien (in German)

Source:  Die Welt, 22.5.2015

Pluristem’s PLX Cells closer to Entering Japan’s Accelerated Pathway for Regenerative Medicine

Source:  Pluristem, 22.5.2015

Report finds trachea surgeon committed misconduct

Source:  ScienceInside, 21.5.2015

Discussion about genetic modifications of the human germ line

GSCN statement concerning the genetic modification of the human germ line here
Source:  washingtonpost, 18.5.2015
Source: nature, 18.5.2015
Source:  ipscell.com, 18.5.2015
Source: The Economist, 2.5.2015
Source:  Scientist, 30.4.2015
Source:  nature, 29.4.2015
Source:  fazblog, 23.4.2015
Source:  springer, 24.4.2015
Source:  npr, 24.4.2015
Source:  time, 23.4.2015
Source:  ipscell, 23.4.2015

First Successful 3D Printed Trachea

Source:  Phys.org, 5.5.2015

Master orchestrator of the genome is discovered

Source:  sciencecodex, 8.5.2015

16 Nobelpreisträger reagieren mit offenem Brief „Ohne Tierexperimente geht es nicht“

Source:  faz.net, 6.5.2015

New clues into how stem cells get their identity

Source:  Science Daily, 6.5.2015

Neue Hoffnung aus dem Mutterschoß (in German)

Source:  Die Welt, 4.5.2015

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