Upcoming events

6th Annual GSCN Conference

19 - 21 September 2018
Heidelberg, Germany
Conference website

UniStem Day 2018
European Stem Cell Day in Germany
16 March 2018
 more information here



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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New funding call from European innovative medicine initiative (IMI) 
 More information (IMI Website)

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A great 6th Annual GSCN Conference: stimulating stem cell meeting in Heidelberg

The Annual GSCN Conference 2018 welcomed more than 400 participants, offered three joining symposia and attracted 28 companies to the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg from 19 - 21 September 2018.
Heidelberg was the German capital of stem cell research for three days and more – around 400 scientists from Germany and other countries met at the DKFZ to exchange new findings and technologies. This annual meeting 2018 had some new features: As a kaleidoscope, several symposia flourished along the GSCN conference: a big symposium on 13 projects about innovative stem cell technologies for individualized medicine, funded by the ministry of education and research (BMBF), a Non PI-Workshop and an ELSA-Symposium about ethical, legal and social aspects of stem cell research.
Highlights were the international key notes framing the conference with Leonard Zon, Alex Schier und William Pu, (all Cambridge, US) and Allison Bardin (Paris) as well as Jianlong Wang (New York, US). Another outstanding highlight was the Presidential Symposium with keynote speaker Steve Goldman (Rochester / Copenhagen) and the presentations of the GSCN-awardees Nina Cabezas Wallscheid (GSCN Junior Investigator Award), Maria Elena Torres-Padilla (GSCN Female Scientist Award) and Maja Milanovic / Clemens Schmitt (GSCN Publication of the Year).
The conference offered space for a large industry exhibition with 28 booths, two interesting poster sessions, 60 talks, a get-together and a GSCN Network evening. Lots of possibilities to network, foster relationships, discuss with collaborators and find out about new technologies. A well-visited public event on Friday evening showed the perspectives of stem cell research to an interested lay audience in the Mathematikon.

New GSCN Awards 2018:
Dormant and aggressive stem cells

- The „GSCN 2018 Young Investigator Award“ goes to Dr. Nina Cabezas-Wallscheid of the Max Planck Institute for Immunobiology and Epigenetics.
- The „GSCN 2018 Female Scientist Award“ goes to Prof. Maria Elena Torres-Padilla of the Institute for Epigenetics and Stem Cells of the Helmholtz Zentrum München.
- The „GSCN 2018 Publication of the Year Award“ goes to Dr. Maja Milanovic (Hematology, Oncology and Tumor Immunity, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin) and Prof. Clemens Schmitt (Deputy Director of the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin’s Medical Department with a focus on hematology, oncology and tumor immunology, Director of the Molecular Cancer Research Center, head of the research group on “Cancer Genetics and Cellular Stress Responses” at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association) for their publication “Senescence-associated reprogramming promotes cancer stemness”, released 2017 in the journal Nature (Milanovic, M et al., 2017, Nature 553, 96-100; doi: 10.1038/nature25167).

Read more here: Dormant and aggressive stem cells

GSCN Awards
The three GSCN awards are endowed with 1'500 euros each, and the prizewinners will give a lecture at the Presidential Symposium on 20 September at this year's GSCN Stem Cell Conference from 19 - 21 September 2018 in Heidelberg.

HOT off the press: The GSCN annual magazine 2017/18
"Future of Stem Cell Research"


Read it online  here (with download link).

GSCN standard wording text for informed consent

The GSCN in collaboration with the  PluriCore Network and the  ELSA GSCN working group has established a standard wording document in German used as reference for informed patient consent. This document provided the text blocks to be used for the donation of somatic cells intended for reprogramming of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. A translation back to English is provided for the international use of cell lines.
Standard wording document:  Download Mustertext here (DE, .docx).
Translation of the wording document to English (for international use):  Download English Mustertext here (EN, .docx). 

GSCN Newsletter May online - WunderBar in Melbourne & Award-Candidates 

The latest news from the GSCN Network: Invitation to the GSCN WunderBar Evening on 22 June in Melbourne, the call for candidates for the GSCN Awards, deadlines for oral or poster abstract submission. read for more information  here.

Funding for women with children - Annual GSCN Grant for scientist

The German Stem Cell Network offers a yearly funding to a young female scientist with child/children.It is aimed specifically at graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The GSCN collaborates with the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation (CNV-Foundation) to support young talented women with children to enable them to create the freedom and mobility required to further their scientific career.

Applications deadline is 30 November 2017! Read for more information  here.

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

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.

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.

Archive GSCN News

GSCN Members


News from the field

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

New Stem Cell Research Aims To Stop Boys Losing Fertility After Childhood Cancer Treatment
Source: Forbes, 22.10.2018

Scientists Nearly Eliminate HIV Reservoirs in Patients Using Stem Cells
Source: Sputnik, 17.10.2018

Illinois scientists find stem cell proliferation is controlled directly by nervous system
Source: Eurekalert, 17.10.2018

New treatment prevents transplant rejection
Source: MedicalXpress, 16.10.2018

Harvard Calls for Retraction of Dozens of Studies by Noted Cardiologist
Source: NYT, The Scientist, Ipscell,  15.10.2018

MIT Stem Cell Initiative: In pursuit of the elusive stem cell
Source: MIT News, 15.10.2018

Mouse pups with same-sex parents born in China using stem cells and gene editing
Mäuse mit zwei Müttern oder Vätern (DE)
Source: EurekAlert, Nationalgeographic,  Scienexx (DE), 12.10.2018

Scientists develop new method to more efficiently generate brain stem cells
Source: phys.org, 01.10.2018

Axolotl: Forscher entschlüsseln Geheimnis des Wunderlurchs (DE)(GSCN)
Source: Spiegel Online, 28.09.2018

Jetzt auf Deutsch verfügbar: Leitfaden zum Umgang mit stammzellbasierten klinischen Studien (DE)
Source: Kompetenznetzwerk NRW, 27.09.2018

Clear up this stem-cell mess
Source: Nature, 26.09.2018

Dozens of clinics in Canada offer 'unproven' stem cell treatments: study
Source: ctvnewscanada, 26.09.2018

Jetzt auf Deutsch: Leitfaden zum Umgang mit stammzellbasierten klinischen Studien (DE)
Source: Kompetenznetzwerk Stammzellforschung NRW, 27.09.2018

Scientists Are Developing New Ways to Treat Disease With Cells, Not Drugs
Source: Time Magazine, 13.09.2018

Regrowing dental tissue with stem cells from baby teeth
Source: Science Daily, 11.09.2018

New combination treatment targets pre-leukemia stem cells
Source: Eurekalert, 12.09.2018

Wenn Forschung nicht zum Patienten gelangt
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 11.09.2018

Properties of stem cells that determine cell fate identified
Source: Science Daily, 06.09.2018

Family tree of blood production reveals hundreds of thousands of stem cells
Source: Science Daily, 05.09.2018

Von Grundlagenforschung zu neuen Therapien: Land stärkt Stammzellforschung.NRW
Meilenstein für das Stammzellnetzwerk in NRW: Wissenschaftsministerium stellt langfristige Förderung in Aussicht

Source: Kompetenznetzwerk Stammzellforschung NRWMinisterium Kultur und Wissenschaft NRW, 05.09.2018

Herzinfarkt: Erstmals schlagende Herzmuskelzellen aus Stammzellen erzeugt (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Laborpraxis, 05.09.2018

Lab-grown brain bits open windows to the mind — and a maze of ethical dilemmas
Source: Washington Post, 02.09.2018

Stems Cells Used as Delivery Truck for Brain Cancer Drugs
Source: Gen News, 30.08.2018

3D liver tissue implants made from human stem cells support liver function in mice
Source: Eurekalert, 27.8.2018

Marius Wernig Awarded the 2018 Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize
Source: Gladstone.org, 23.08.2018

New method grows brain cells from stem cells quickly and efficiently
Source: Eureka, 22.08.2018

Auf der Suche nach dem perfekten Blut (GSCN)(DE)
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 20.08.2018

Kyoto University team eyes stem cell treatment for anemia
Source: Asian Nikkei, 19.08.2018

This matrix delivers healing stem cells to injured elderly muscles
Source: Science Daily, 15.08.2018

"Mit dem Beruf der Tierpflegerin habe ich mir meinen Traum erfüllt" (DE)
Source: Tierversuche verstehen, 14.08.2018

When it comes to regrowing tails, neural stem cells are the key
Source: Science Daily, 13.08.2018

New research opens door to expanding stem cells available for transplants
Source: Science Daily, 03.08.2018


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