Upcoming events

5th Annual GSCN Conference

11 - 13 September 2017
Jena, Germany

 Further GSCN events

UniStem Day 2017
17. März 2017



The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a network organization that creates synergies between all areas of basic and applied stem cell research and provides a hub between science, politics, education and society.





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

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



Innovator Awards from the New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) - Call for candidates:
1. The  Innovator Awards for Early Career Investigators in Translational Stem Cell Research support innovative scientists whose research has the potential to transform the field of stem cell research and to advance the use of stem cells for the treatment of human disease.
2. The  Innovator Awards for Early Career Investigators in Neuroscience support the best young researchers working in fundamental areas of developmental, cellular, cognitive and behavioral, and translational neuroscience, broadly interpreted. Proposals need not be related to stem cells.

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)



Our brand new GSCN annual magazine 2016/17 "Stem Cell Research: Potentials & Perspectives" is online:


Read it online  here (with download link).

1.000 students looked into stem cell research at UniStem Day

On 17 March over 1.000 students in 10 cities in Germany focussed on stem cells. 27.000 students all over Europe participated in the UniStem Day and learnt about basic and applied science in stem cell research. It was a great day. The GSCN initiated the UniStem Day in Germany. Read more  here.

New GSCN movies: patients rights - heart tissue - liver stem cells

Take a look at the movies  here

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).

Read it online  here (with download link).
Press article in the journal transkript about the GSCN White Paper:  here
Press article in the European Biotechnology Magazine about the GSCN White paper:  here




Short film with statements (in German) from leading German scientists on the importance of the GSCN.

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 Rebirth Report,  Transkript - Alex Meissner

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.

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

Ersatzorgane im Labor gezüchtet
Source: Stuttgarter Nachrichten, 19.04.2017

Young human blood makes old mice smarter
Source: Nature, 19.04.2017

Kobe to open center to support people with low vision
Source: Japan Today, 13.04.2017

Stem Cell Clinics Are Ruining People's Lives
Source: TONIC, 13.04.2017

Mediziner bauen menschliche Gebärmutterschleimhaut nach (DE)
Source: Deutschlandfunk, 11.04.2017

"Leben ist nicht ohne Risiko":
Die Medizinerin Elke Holinski-Feder plädiert für Forschung an Embryonen und sagt, wie weit man gehen darf, um den Elternwunsch nach einem gesunden Kind zu erfüllen. (DE)
Source: Der Spiegel, 11.04.2017

Mighty morphed brain cells cure Parkinson’s in mice, but human trials still far off
Source: STAT News, 10.04.2017

Salk scientists expand ability of stem cells to regrow any tissue type
Source: Salk Institute, 06.04.2017

First Clinic-Ready Stem Cell Repository
Source: The Scientist, 06.04.2017

Anthony Ho: Ein Pionier der Stammzell-Therapie (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Klinikticker, 05.04.2017

Politologen suchen Interviewpartner zu Stammzellforschung für Forschungsprojekt (DE)
Source: WAZ, 05.04.2017

Ethik-Debatte um künstlich hergestellte Organoide (DE)
Source: Der Standard, 05.04.2017

Stem cells offer hope for autism
On Duke stem cells for autism trial, did new CNN article hit the mark?

Source: CNN, Knoepfler lab stem cell blog, 05.04.2017

Machine learning predicts the look of stem cells
Source: Nature News, 05.04.2017

Landmark surgery a step forward for iPS, says Nobel laureate
Source: Nikkei Asian Review, 05.04.2017

Mini-Gehirn aus der Petrischale (GSCN) (DE)
Organoide aus IPS-Zellen: Zellknödel funktionieren wie embryonale Mini-Gehirne
Source: University of Bonn, 04.04.2017; Deutschlandfunk, 05.04.2017

Novel method for generating airway cells from stem cells
Source: Science Daily, 30.03.2017

Genome Editing an humanen Zellen: Expertengruppe veröffentlicht Leopoldina-Diskussionspapier (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Leopoldina Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften, 29.03.2017
Discussion paper (pdf): Leopoldina (including englisch Version)
Press response: FAZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 29.03.2017
Embryonenschutz: Theologe befürwortet Gentechnik am Menschen (DE)
Source: FAZ, 07.04.2017

Potential of stem cell therapy to repair lung damage
Source: Science Daily, 28.03.2017

New stem cell method produces millions of human brain and muscle cells in days
Source: Science Daily, 23.03.2017

New tools to study the origin of embryonic stem cells
Source: Science Daily, 23.03.2017

A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions
Source: New York Times, 21.03.2017

Novel cell culture model is aimed at avoiding animal experiments and solving reproductive problems
Source: Leibniz Institute FBN, 21.03.2017

Engineer aims to grow spinal tissue in lab
Source: University of Wisconsin, 21.03.2017

Borrowing from nature: UW-Madison scientists use plants to grow stem cells
Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 20.03.2017

Stem cells seem speedier in space
Source: Phys.Org, 20.03.2017

Vision saved by first induced pluripotent stem cell treatment
Source: New Scientist, 15.03.2017

Paper on 1st use of CRISPR in normal human embryos: problems remain
Source: ipscell.org, 09.03.2017

Cambridge scientists create first self-developing embryo from stem cells
Source: The Guardian, 02.03.2017

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