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

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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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 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 in the press, read more here  "Stammzellkonferenz: Herzpflaster, Vesikel und ein neuer Topjob"

4th Annual GSCN Conference

  Conference Website

News, news, news

GSCN September Newsletter is online - with latest news about the GSCN Conference and workshops. Read more  here

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@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.

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News from the field

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

$8 million grant to support research to repair hearts with bioengineered patch
Source: UAB,  21.09.16

Divisions run deep over how to regulate stem cell clinics
Source: CNN,  19.09.16

Quallen-Proteine helfen bei der Erforschung von Herzrhythmusstörungen (in German)
Source: Medizin Aspekte, 2.09.16

Zweifel an Novartis' Stammzellen-Strategie (in German)
Source: Handelszeitung, 2.09.16

Schweine mit Menschenherzen (in German)
Source: Neue Züricher Zeitung, 2.09.16

Mehr Knochengewebe aus Stammzellen (in German)
Source: Wissenschaft aktuell, 1.09.16

Mehr Knochengewebe aus Stammzellen (in German)
Source: Wissenschaft aktuell, 1.09.16

Stem cells to help search for schizophrenia, bipolar treatments
Source: San Diego Union Review, 31.08.16

Können Ärzte Leukämie stoppen?
Source: ÄrzteZeitung, 31.08.16

Stem-Cell Treatments Become More Available, and Face More Scrutiny
Source: Wall Street Journal, 29.08.16

Stem cell research promises to keep the silver set healthy
Source: Asian review, 25.08.16

Mapping pluripotency differences between mice, monkeys and humans
Source: Science daily, 25.08.16

Schlaganfall: Neuartige Kombinationstherapie mit Stammzellen (in German)
Source: Wissenschaft aktuell, 23.08.16

Multiple Sklerose: Ein Neustart für das Nervensystem (in German)
Source: FAZ, 21.08.16

Zika: Schäden auch im Gehirn Erwachsener? (German)
Source: scinexx, 22.08.16

Kyoto University team produces quality stem cells from umbilical blood
Source: japantimes, 17.08.16

CRISPR/Cas gegen Sichelzellenanämie
Source: Spektrum, 21.07.16

Will Organs-in-a-Dish Ever Replace Animal Models?
Source: TheScientist, 19.07.16

Big Data for small cells – a new tracking and quantification tool for single cells (GSCN)
Source: Press Release HelmholtzZentrum münchen, 19.07.16

Stem cell research loses footing in Korea
Source: Korea Times, 17.07.2016

Israeli researchers use stem cells to treat age-related blindness
Source: Times of Israel, 16.07.16

Public stem cell skirmish erupts between Hanna & Jaenisch
Source: The Niche, 15.07.16

Crispr-Cas9 - Das große Ziel heißt Genreparatur (DE)
Source: Frankfurter Rundschau, 15.07.16

Interim results from clinical trial demonstrate safety of cell-based therapy for retinitis pigments
Source: NewsMedical, 14.07.16 

Neue Therapieansätze für Gehirnerkrankungen mit weniger Tierversuchen?
Source: Laborpraxis, 12.07.16

Stammzellen unter Zugzwang
Source: Pressebox, 12.07.16

Where did it all go wrong? Scientists identify 'cell of origin' in skin cancers
Source: Science Daily, 8.07.16

Wie Schweine zur Organfabrik für Menschen werden
Source: Die Welt, 28.06.16

New way out: Researchers show how stem cells exit bloodstream
Source: sciencedaily, 28.06.16

New method to grow and transplant muscle stem cells holds promise for treatment of muscular dystrophy
Source: sciencedaily, 28.06.16

Emmanuelle Charpentier: Eine Frau, ihre Entdeckung und wie sie die Welt verändert
Source: Die Zeit, 27.06.16

'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

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