Upcoming events

5th Annual GSCN Conference

11 - 13 September 2017
Jena, Germany

 Further GSCN events



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.

GSCN Membership


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)



GSCN developed school material:
"Stammzellen verstehen - Die Konferenz für die Schule"


The GSCN and the Schering Stiftung developed new material about stem cells for high schools in German. The four units á 90 minutes cover the topics "Basics, Ethics, Therapies, Genetics" and offer an insight into the wide area of stem cells and related fields. Teachers find a didactic concept based on elements of a scientific conference - students slip into the role of scientists and give key lectures, present posters and discuss on panels about all kind of aspects about stem cells. Please take a look  www.stammzellen-verstehen.de

June: GSCN newsletter online

Please find information about the extended deadline for the abstract submission for the annual GSCN conference, the GSCN awards and an invitation to the GSCN WunderBar in Boston  here.

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


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.

Archive GSCN News

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News from the field

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

Präsidium beschließt Maßnahmen gegen Leibniz-Direktor - Lenhard Rudolph (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Leibniz Gemeinschaft, 15.06.2017

Patients with Complete Paralysis Show Additional Recovery of Arm, Hand and Finger Function at 9-months After Treatment with Asterias' AST-OPC1
Source: Asterias, 13.06.2017

Brain Cell Transplants Are Being Tested Once Again For Parkinson's
Source: Natl Public Radio, 13.06.2017

Stammzellen bleiben unentbehrlich für Forschung & Medizin (DE)
Source: EL News, 12.06.2017

Chicago medical school launches stem cell biology center
Source: The Washington Times, 10.06.2017

„Es wird zu wenig nachgedacht" - Interview mit Christiane Nüsslein-Vollhard (DE)
Source: Science ORF, 09.06.2017

World first: Stem cell treatment for lethal STAT1 gene mutation shows 'disappointing,' but promising results
Source: Science Daily, 08.06.2017

Human Heart Tissue Grown from Stem Cells Improves Drug Testing
Source: IBN A*Star Singapore, 08.06.2017

Trump retains Collins as NIH director
Source: Science Magazine, 06.06.2017

Stammzellforschung: Neue Zelltherapien aus dem Berliner Wedding (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Der Tagesspiegel, 06.06.2017

Stem cells may be the key to staying strong in old age
Source: Science Daily, 06.06.2017

Two-part system turns stem cells into whatever you want
Source: Science Daily, 05.06.2017

Stem cell-based spinal cord therapy expanded to more patients
Source: San Diego Union Tribune, 05.06.2017

Verbesserte Generation von Minihirnen aus Wien (DE)
Source: Der Standard, 01.06.2017

Roger de Spoelberch Prize for Magdalena Götz (GSCN)
Source: HelmholtzZentrum München, 01.06.2017

How risky are stem cell trials for Parkinson’s beginning in China?
Source: The Niche, Knoepfler lab blog, 01.06.2017

CRTD der TU Dresden erhält 1.56 Millionen Euro BMBF-Förderung für Forschung zu degenerativen Netzhauterkrankun­gen (GSCN) (DE)
Source: TU Dresden, 31.05.2017

Genschere schneidet auch ungezielt im Erbgut herum (DE)
Source: Tagesspiegel, 31.05.2017

The Regenerative Medicine (RM) Industry’s First Xeno-free (XF) hMSC Cell Banks
Source: BioInformant, 30.05.2017

Dr. Kleinhaus of Pluristem Therapeutics on Immune-Advantaged Placental-Derived PLX-Cells
Source: BioInformant, 30.05.2017

Cigarette damage to unborn children revealed in stem cell study
Source: Science Daily, 30.05.2017

Texas on track to become first state to explicitly back stem cell therapies
Source: STAT News, 30.05.2017

Research helps pave the way for an off-the-shelf supply of cells for immunotherapy
Source: University of Toronto, 24.05.2017

Conservative Reps Urge Trump to Fire NIH Chief Francis Collins Over Stem Cells

Source: NBC News, 22.05.2017

Cardiology: Dissecting the Press Release for a Failed Stem Cell Trial

Source: MedPage Today, 22.05.2017

Künstliches Blut: Forscher züchten erstmals menschliche Blutstammzellen (DE)

Source: Spiegel Online, 18.05.2017

Idee des Stammzellforschers wanderte nach Bayern ab, er nicht: Schöler ist und bleibt in Münster (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Westfälische Nachrichten, 18.05.2017

Mouse study looks at safety of stem cell therapy for early menopause
Source: Science Daily, 18.05.2017

Robust, high-throughput protocol for deriving microglia from human stem cells reported
Source: Science Daily, 18.05.2017

Kongress für Stammzellforscher: Mini-Gehirne wachsen im Labor (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Westfälische Nachrichten, 17.05.2017

Scientists Show How Defects in Blood-Brain Barrier Could Cause Neurological Disorder
Source: Cedars Sinai, 16.05.2017

Patient Treatment Commences in Cynata’s World First Clinical Trial (CYP-001)
Source: BioInformant, 16.05.2017

Basis of 'leaky' brain blood vessels in Huntington's Disease identified
Source: Science Daily, 16.05.2017

Julia Ladewig: Diese Bonner Neurobiologin züchtet Mini-Gehirne (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Welt, 16.05.2017

New clinical trial to evaluate efficacy of stem cell product in patients disabled with chronic stroke
Source: News Medical, 16.05.2017

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