Upcoming events

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

GSCN Humhub

GSCN members discuss new trends and developments on the GSCN social intranet.


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



 Boyalife, Science & Science Translational Medicine Award in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
Science/AAAS and Science Translational Medicine have joined efforts with Boyalife to present the Award in Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine. This annual prize will focus on research in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Application deadline: 1 March 2016
Prize money: US$ 25,000; Runner-up US$ 5,000

 Eppendorf & Science Prize  for Neurobiology
The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years.
Application deadline: 15 June 2016
Prize money: US$ 25,000

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)



4th Annual GSCN Conference

  Conference Website

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@mdc-berlin.de).


"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.

June brings a GSCN newsletter with information to NEW travel grants - find it 

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


You can download it  here.

GSCN Scientific Awards


The GSCN will select also in 2016 outstanding researchers and publications in three award categories.
Please enter your candidates at the links until 15 April 2016:

- 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)
 LINK - Female Scientist (German-based) (no limitations on the level; GSCN membership is not required).  LINK

- Publication of the Year (July 2015 - June 2016)

The third award “Publication of the Year” will be selected in July 2016 based on the publications from July 2015 - June 2016 (the first author will be presenting). If you like to have a publication considered for the "Publication of the Year" Award, please send the pdf to the GSCN office (gscn.office@mdc-berlin.de). You can also include a brief statement why the paper is a important contribution to the field of stem cell research. 

All awardees will give a presentation in the presidential session at the GSCN conference on 13 September, 2016 in Hannover. Each award also includes an amount of 1,500 €. Candidates will be evaluated by the awards committee.

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.

Archive GSCN News


GSCN Members


News from the field

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

'Tuneable' gels to aid stem cell research
Source: bbc, 20.06.16

NYSCF and CMTA announce largest-ever research resource for neuropathy disorders
Source: eurekalert, 21.06.16

How iPS cells changed the world
Source: nature, 15.06.16

San Diego gets new stem cell center
Source: sandiegouniontribune, 15.06.16

Study resolves long-disputed theory about stem cell populations
Source: sciencedaily, 15.06.16

Stem cells for Snoopy: pet medicines spark a biotech boom
Source: nature, 14.06.16

Pituitary tissue grown from human stem cells releases hormones in rats
Source: Science Daily, 14.06.16

Behandlung mit Stammzellen hilft Querschnittsgelähmten (DE)
Source: Berliner Zeitung, 13.06.16

Raum in St.Galler Privatklinik versiegelt: Verdacht auf Propaganda für nicht bewilligte Stammzellen-Therapien (DE)
Source: FM1Today , 12.06.2016

Study sets standards for evaluating pluripotent stem cell quality
Source: Science Daily, 09.06.2016
New stem cell transplantation method may halt multiple sclerosis symptoms long-term, but therapy comes with high risk
Neustart für das Immunsystem (DE)
Source: EurekAlert,  09.06.2016, Die Welt (DE), 14.06.2016

Stammzellentransplantation beschleunigt Alterung (DE)
Source: Pharmazeutische Zeitung, 09.06.2016

New techniques to assess the fate of stem cells in vivo
Source: ScienceDaily, 09.06.2016
Gene editing can drive science to openness
Source: Nature World View, 08.06.2016

Embryonic Stem Cell Fail as Firm Goes Defunct
Source: AmericanThinker, 08.06.2016

Wissenschaftspreis für Hans Clevers (DE)
Source: fr-online.de, 8.6.2016

"Es ist, wie mit Lego zu spielen" (DE)
Source: Tagesspiegel.de, 8.6.2016

Neural stem cell transplants promote Parkinson's recovery in non-human primates
Source: medicalexpress.com, 7.6.2016

Japanese researchers plan trial transplants of retinas grown from 3rd parties
Source: The Asahi Shimbun, 07.06.2016

New approach could make bone marrow transplants safer
Source: Harvard Stem Cell Institute, 06.06.2016

Scientists attempting to harvest human organs in pigs create human-pig embryo
Sources: The Guardian, 5.6.2016
Ärzte für das Leben: 'Mensch-Schwein-Mischwesen beunruhigt zutiefst' (DE)
Sources: kath.net, 6.6.2016
Schweine, die Leben retten (DE)
Source: Zeit.de, 6.6.2016
Using Crispr to grow a human pancreas in a pig
Source: medicalxpress.com, 7.6.2016

Russischer Arzt rückt Klinik ins Zwielicht (DE)

Sources: 20min.ch, 5.6.2016

First anti-CRISPR political campaign is born in Europe
Sources: ipscell, 2.6.2016

Patienten zur Kasse gebeten – Stammzellen-Forschungsprojekt verstößt gegen Grundsätze
Sources: Radio Prag, 2.6.2016

Stem cell brain injections let people walk again after stroke;
Stanford medical trial found stem cells injected into the brain aid stroke recovery
Sources: newscientist, 2.6.2016; researchgate, 2.6.2016


10 Millionen für Leukämie-Sonderforschungsbereich in Ulm
Sources: Uni Ulm, 1.6.2016

StemCells, Inc. Announces Termination of Phase II Pathway Study Following Review of Data
Sources: Nasdaq GlobalNewswire, 31.5.2016

Michael Brand elected EMBO member (GSCN)
Sources: CRT-Dresden News, 30.5.2016

Israeli firms claim 3-D stem cell printing advance, plan spin out
Sources: FierceBiotech, 29.5.2016

New Stanford-developed tool allows easier study of blood cancers (GSCN)
Neues Verfahren zur Züchtung menschlichen Knochengewebes (GSCN) (DE)
Sources: Scope Stanford Medicine, 24.5.2016, derStandard (DE), 28.5.2016

Spin-off der RWTH macht Verzicht auf Kälberserum möglich
Sources: RWTH-Aachen, 27.5.2016

Stem cell spin out has highest ever UK funding
Sources: LaboratoryNews, 27.5.2016

Genome editor CRISPR helps trace growth of embryos—and maybe cancer next
Sources: Science Magazine, 26.5.2016

Medikamentenforschung: Mini-Gehirne sollen Zika-Virus bekämpfen (DE)
Sources: RP Online, 25.5.2016

First skin-to-eye stem cell transplant shows promise, researchers say
Source: The Financial, 24.5.2016

Genea Biocells Publishes First Human Stem Cell Model of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD)
Sources: PR Newswire, 24.5.2016

Enrollment completed in stem cell trial for osteoarthritis
Source: Life Scientist, 16.5.2016

ISSCR Releases Updated Guidelines for Stem Cell Science and Clinical Translation
Sources: ISSCR press release, ISSCR Guidelines (pdf), Nature, Nature-Embryo Editing, 12.5.2016
Source: Chicago Tribune, 15.5.2016

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