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!


Upcoming event

2nd International Annual Conference of the GSCN
Nov 03 - 05, 2014
Heidelberg, Germany



2nd International Annual Conference of the GSCN

The  online registration and abstract submission for the  2nd International Annual Conference of the GSCN is open. The deadline for abstract submission and early registration is August 15, 2014. Due to limited space in the DKFZ a contingent of places for current GSCN members can only be reserved until August 15, 2014.

We are pleased to inform you that there is a limited number of travel awards to the GSCN conference available. To apply please submit your application to the GSCN office until August 15, 2014. Please find detailed information here.

One scientific session at the GSCN Annual Conference 2014 will be organized on Wednesday November 5th, 11:00 - 12:30 by the German Society for Stem Cell Research (GSZ). In this session GSZ members will have the opportunity to present their results in short oral presentations. The selection of presentations is organized by the GSZ. GSZ members can register for the GSCN conference for the reduced (member) early registration fee of 300€ (full member) or 150€ (junior member) until August 15, 2014 and 375€ (full) or 200€ (junior) thereafter. Official documentation of GSZ membership as of December 31st, 2013 is required. Identical to GSCN members, abstracts for the selection of oral presentations for the main program have to be submitted by August 15, 2014. 

Joint Satellite Symposium on Neural Stem Cells

The GSCN is very happy to announce the  Joint Satellite Symposium on Neural Stem Cells. The satellite symposium will be held following the GSCN Conference from November 5-6, 2014 in the DKFZ in Heidelberg. Participants of the 2nd International GSCN Annual Conference can participate in the satellite symposium free of charge

GSCN workshop on Computational Biology

The working group  "Computational stem cell biology"  is organizing a workshop on Computational Biology in Dresden on December 1st and 2nd, 2014. Applications are requested by November 7th, 2014. Please find further details on the website of the  TU Dresden.

GSCN satellite session at the 47th DGTI Annual Meeting in Dresden

The GSCN has organized a satellite session on regenerative medicine on September 10, 2014 at the 47th DGTI Annual Meeting in Dresden. Moreover, in collaboration with the European Medicines Agency and the DGTI the GSCN also held the Workshop Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMP): How to bring cell-based medicinal products successfully to the market ( flyer) on September 11, 2014.

GSCN Satellite Symposium: Neural Stem Cells in Evolution

On Tuesday, July 8th, 2014, the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) has hosted the 5th International Congress on Stem Cells and Tissue Formation covering the whole spectrum of the stem cell field. On this background, CRTD director Tanaka and Federico Calegari organized the satellite symposium on Neural Stem Cells in Evolution, an event open to the public entirely supported by the German Stem Cell (GSCN).

Further information

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:

GSCN Members


News from the field

Die Zellen gegen Blindheit

Source:, 16.10.2014

Human embryonic stem cell-derived retinal pigment 
epithelium in patients with age-related macular 
degeneration and Stargardt’s macular dystrophy: follow-up 
of two open-label phase 1/2 studies

Source:  The Lancet, 15.10.2014

Researchers in Berlin and Bath identify "naive-like" human stem cells

Source:  MDC Berlin, 16.10.2014

Cutting edge stem cell research: Collection of protocols published

Source:  TRM, Leipzig, 09.10.2014

Krebsstammzellen im Tumor bestimmen die Lebenserwartung bei Brustkrebs (in German)

Source:  DKFZ, 30.09.2014

Japan stem-cell trial stirs envy, 16.09.2014

Obokata’s mentor admits STAP cell creation not easy, 17.09.2014

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Ad-Hoc-Empfehlung, Deutscher Ethikrat, 15.09.2014

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Alternative zu embryonalen Stammzellen: Alleskönner in neuer Qualität erzeugt
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Zentrale Biobank hilft bei Arzneimittelforschung

Ärzte Zeitung App, 09.09.2014

Kyoto University Researchers Find Retroviruses' Key Roles In Creating iPS Cells, 05.08.2014
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