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.



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3rd International Annual Conference: Online Registration and Abstract Submission open

We are delighted to announce that the  online registration and the  abstract submission are now open. The deadline for early registration and abstract submission (considered for oral presentation) is 31 May, 2015.

Newsletter March 2015 is online

Please find the latest newsletter 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.

Non-PI meeting at the 8th Internal. Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW

The GSCN is organizing a Non-PI workshop for graduate students and postdocs on Monday 20 April 2015 in connection with the  8th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW (21 – 22 April 2015) in Bonn.

Further information can be found  here.

6th Bioinformatics and Stem Cells Satellite Workshop

The GSCN is the main sponsor of the 6th Bioinformatics and Stem Cells Satellite Workshop which will be held after the 8th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW from 22 – 23 April 2015 in Bonn.

Further information can be found  here and  here (external website).

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 (in German)

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, about her research on neuronal stem cells ( link)
- Anthony D. Ho, Heidelberg, about his research on hematopoietic stem cells ( link)
- Andreas Trumpp, Heidelberg, about his research on cancer stem cells ( 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

Glaucoma Visual Fields Improve Following Stem Cell Treatment

Source:  Press release MD Stem Cells, 12.4.2015

Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde: Telomerase in Stammzellen (in German)

Source:  FLI - Leibniz Institute für Altersforschung, 10.4.2015

Stem cell disease model clarifies bone cancer trigger

Source:  Science Daily, 9.4.2015

Reversal of neurological stroke symptoms using neural stem cells demonstrated

Source:  CNN Money, 7.4.2015

Mitochondria are altered in human cell model of Parkinson's disease

Source:  medicalxpress, 7.4.2015

Researchers identify 'bridge' state necessary for cellular reprogramming

Source:  med.stanford.edu, 2.4.2015

Patient's own skin cells may hold key to new treatments for neurological diseases

Source:  news-medical.net, 31.3.2015

Japan's Fujifilm agrees to buy Cellular Dynamics for $307 million

 reuters.com, 30.3.2015;
 ipscell.com, 31.3.2015

MDC Researchers Greatly Increase Precision of New Genome Editing Tool

Source:  MDC, Berlin, 25.3.2015

Commercialized cell therapies goal of regenerative medicine alliance

Source:  LabCanada, 20.3.2015

The ISSCR Statement on Human Germline Genome Modification

Source:  ISSCR, 19.3.2015

A prudent path forward for genomic engineering and germline gene modification

Source:  Science Magazine, 19.3.2015

Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome

Source:  NYT, 19.3.2015

Keimbahn-Experimente: Kommt das bioethische Armageddon?

Source:  faz.net, 20.3.2015

Engineering the Perfect Baby

Source:  MIT Technology Review, 5.3.2015

Japan makes strides toward stem cell therapy

Source:  Nikkei Asian Review, 19.3.2015

Scientists grow 'mini-lungs' to aid the study of cystic fibrosis

Source:  Medical Xpress, 19.3.2015

Team finds key to making neurons from stem cells

Source:  Medical Xpress, 19.3.2015

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