Upcoming events

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

GSCN Humhub

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)



April brings a fresh GSCN newsletter - find it here.

Our GSCN annual magazine "Applied Stem Cell Research in Germany" is online:


You can download it  here.

Find the latest GSCN Newsletter March 2016 

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)
- Female Scientist (German-based) (no limitations on the level; GSCN membership is not required).

- 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.

4th Annual GSCN Conference

  Conference Website


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

Tiny Lab-Grown 3D Brains Help Scientists Study How Zika Virus Damages Stem Cells In Brain
Source: medicaldaily , 25.4.2016

Mini-Organe: Alternative zu Tierversuchen?
Source: Apothekenumschau , 26.4.2016

Pain in a dish? Drug testing bench to bedside with IPS cells
Source: ipscell.com , 21.4.2016

Researchers identify key factor for reprogramming adult cells into stem cells
Source: Science Magazine , 21.4.2016

Identifying a genetic mutation behind sporadic Parkinson's disease
Source: EurekAlert , 20.4.2016

Stammzellen: iPS-Zentrum CARE in München vorgestellt (DE) (GSCN)
Source: biotechnologie.de , 15.4.2016

New hope for spinal cord injuries
Source: Sciencedaily , 14.4.2016

STEMCELL Technologies Partners with IMBA to Commercialize Brain Organoids (‘Mini Brains’) for Researchers
Künstliche Mini-Gehirne: Nutzung für alle Forscher durch Lizenzabkommen
Source: BioInformat,  idw (DE), 14.4.2016

Umstrittener Eingriff ins embryonale Erbgut
Source: Spektrum d. Wissen., 14.4.2016

Ailing fetuses to be treated with stem cells
Source: ScienceMagazine, 14.4.2016

Strength through synergies - Dresden scientists generate model systems for retinal disease research (GSCN)
Source: CRTD News, 14.4.2016

Hidden genetic mutations in stem cells could undermine therapeutic benefit
Source: Medicalxpress, 14.4.2016; Nature, 14.4.2016

Diabetes-Therapie Stammzellen in Betazellen verwandelt
Source: Neue Züricher Zeitung, 11.4.2016

Stem cell therapy may mend damaged hearts, says research
Source: The Economic Times, 9.4.2016

Medizin: Neue Technik soll Blinde wieder sehen lassen (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Wirtschaftswoche, 9.4.2016

Second Chinese team reports gene editing in human embryos with Crispr/Cas
Source: Nature, 8.4.2016

Eppendorf addressing stem cell scale-up challenges in Horizon 2020 project (GSCN)

Source: Biopharma Reporter, 8.4.2016

Putting human stem cells in animal embryos? The NIH should get on board.
Source: Los Angeles Times, 7.4.2016

Test run finds no cancer risk from stem cell therapy
Source: Science Daily, 7.4.2016

Ein paar Beutel Blut für die Geschichtsbücher : "Ich hatte ja keine Ahnung": Wie weiter im Stammzellboom? (DE)
Source: F.A.Z. (nur mit Zugang!) (DE), 6.4.2016

"Made in India Stem Cell Therapy for Blindness" receives global validation
Source: ET Healthworld, 6.4.2016

Stammzellen aus dem 3D-Stift "BioPen" sind zu 97 Prozent überlebensfähig (DE)

Source: 3D-Grenzenlos, 5.4.2016

Breakthrough: Gut bacteria drive growth of stem cells in colon cancer
Source: CRT-Dresden News, 5.4.2016

Stem cell therapy shows promise in heart failure patients, study suggests

Source: CBS NewsABC Online, 5.4.2016

Bioreaktor soll Stammzellen für Therapien bringen (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Presse Uni. Würzburg, 5.4.2016

Britain's role in the stem cell revolution
Source: The Telegraph, 5.4.2016

Promising lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands
Forscher erschaffen Haut mit Haaren und Talgdrüsen (DE)

Source: BBCDie Welt (DE), 1.4.2016
Interview Jürgen Hescheler: Stammzellexperte: Künstliche Haut für Menschen in etwa fünf Jahren (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Deutsche Welle, 7.4.2016

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