Upcoming events

6th Annual GSCN Conference

19 - 21 September 2018
Heidelberg, Germany



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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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)



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.

Interested in the latest GSCN October newsletter?

Read more about great workshops and upcoming funding for women -  here.

Exciting stem cell meeting in Jena: The 5th Annual GSCN Conference in Jena was the meeting point for the German scientific community

The Annual GSCN Conference 2017 (  Conference Websitewelcomed 400 participants and 26 companies to the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena from 11 - 13 September 2017.

Jena was the German capital of stem cell research for three days – around 400 scientists from Germany and other countries met in the university to exchange new results. One overall topic was ageing and stem cells. Highlights were the international key notes framing the conference with Elaine Fuchs (New York), Heinrich Jasper (Novato) and Maike Sander (San Diego). Another outstanding highlight was the Presidential Symposium with keynote speaker Jürgen Knoblich (Vienna) and the presentations of the GSCN-awardees Elly Tanaka (Vienna), Francesco Neri (Jena) and Gray Camp (Dresden):  GSCN Awards and  Press release GSCN Awards 2017. The conference offered space for a large industry exhibition with 26 booths, two intensive poster sessions and two social events: a lot of possibilities to network, foster relationships, discuss with collaborators and find out about new technologies. The social networking event took place on Tuesday evening in the Volksbad in Jena.

A non-PI meeting of 15 eager young scientists followed the official meeting on Thursday 14 Sept. 2017. A well-attended public event on Wednesday evening presented the advances of stem cell research to an interested lay audience again in the Volksbad.

New GSCN Awards 2017:
Eavesdropping on the conversation of stem cells

The "GSCN 2017 Young Investigator Award" goes to  Dr. Francesco Neri from the Leibniz Institute on Aging - Fritz-Lipmann-Institute (FLI) in Jena.

The "GSCN 2017 Female Scientist Award" goes to  Prof. Elly Tanaka from the Institute of Molecular Pathology IMP in Vienna and the TU Dresden.

The "GSCN 2017 Publication of the Year Award" goes to  Dr. J. Gray Camp and Prof. Barbara Treutlein (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig), together with Dr. Keisuke Sekine and Prof. Takanori Takebe (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center). The award honors the publication "Multilineage communication regulates human liver bud development from pluripotency" in the journal Nature (Camp , JG et al., 2017, Nature 546, 533-538,   doi: 10.1038/nature22796).

Read more here:   press release: Eavesdropping on the conversation of stem cells
  Pressemitteilung: Dem Gespräch der Stammzellen lauschen
GSCN Awards
From the press:  MedizinAspekte (18.8.), Ostthüringer Zeitung (18.8), |transcript (23.8.), Laborjournal 09/2017 S.10, EuroStemCell (08/2017)

The three GSCN awards are endowed with 1,500 euros each, and the prizewinners will give a lecture at the Presidential Symposium on 12 September at this year's GSCN Stem Cell Conference from 11 - 13 September 2017 in Jena.

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

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.

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

Cell-based therapy for type 1 diabetes?
Source: Eurekalert, 15.11.2017

Nanopartikel transportieren Genschere (DE)
Source: scinexx, 14.11.2017

Menschliche Mini-Gehirne in Tiergehirne verpflanzt (DE)
Source: heise, 10.11.2017

Regeneration of the entire human epidermis using transgenic stem cells
Gezüchtete Haut rettet Siebenjährigen
Amazing scientific success story saving a patients life
Sources: Nature, Nature Editorial, New York Times, The GuardianDie Zeit, FAZBerliner ZeitungRP Online, 08.11.2017

Misregulated protein breakdown promotes leukemias and brain cancer
Source: DKFZ, 08.11.2017

A Recipe to Make a Human Blood-Brain Barrier
Source: Neuroscience News, 08.11.2017

Inner ear stem cells may someday restore hearing
Source: Science Daily, 08.11.2017

Stem cells pave the way for new treatment of diabetes
Source: Medical Express, 06.11.2017

Shh! Top 10 stem cell clinic secrets kept from patients
For-profit stem cell clinic secrets are bad news for patients.
Stem cell clinics are in the business of making profits above all else and to make steady money they need a strong flow of patients as their paying customers for their non-FDA approved offerings. Read more
Source: The Niche - Knoepfler Lab Stem Cell Blog, 15.10.2017

Growing human brain cells in the lab
Source: Science daily, 12.10.2017

New mutations in iPS cells are mainly concentrated in non-transcriptional regions
Source: Science Daily, 12.10.2017

Sweden won't prosecute Italian stem cell scientist
Source: ABC News, 12.10.2017

Tierorgan im Menschenkörper: Forschung ist einen Schritt weiter (DE)
Source: SRF ch, 12.10.2017

Forschungsgelder: US-Forschungsbudget könnte dramatisch schrumpfen (DE)
Mehr Geld für Verteidigung bedeutet weniger für Wissenschaft und Forschung: US-Präsident Donald Trump will ein Fünftel der Gelder streichen.
Source: Wiener Zeitung, 12.10.2017

Stammzellen für das Herz: Neue Methoden zur Regeneration von Herzmuskelgewebe (DE)
Source: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kardiologie, 12.10.2017

New type of stem cell line produced offers expanded potential for research and treatments
Source: Sanger Institute UK, 11.10.2017

Government imposes restrictions on stem cell banking, therapy to curb "rampant" unethical practices
Source: The Economic Times India, 11.10.2017

Scientists call for int'l cooperation in human embryo editing
Source: China.org, 06.10.2017 (Publication: Cell Stem Cell, 05.10.2017)

Korrektur im Erbgut soll seltene Erkrankung stoppen (DE)
Source: Sueddeutsche Zeitung, 06.10.2017

Charlatans threaten stem cell research with unproven cures, say experts
Source: The Guardian, 05.10.2017

A reversible haploid mouse embryonic stem cell biobank resource for functional genomics (GSCN)
Source: Nature, 27.09.2017

Ernst-Schering-Preis 2017 geht an Elly Tanaka (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Schering Stiftung, 24.09.2017, Tagesspiegel, 26.09.2017

Folgenschwerer Verlust eines embryonalen Gens (DE)
Source: Neue Züricher Zeitung, 22.09.2017

Krebs ist der Preis, den Säugetiere zahlen (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Tagesspiegel, 21.09.2017

CRISPR used for genome editing of Oct4 in human embryos
Source: Nature News, Nature Editorial, Francis Crick Institute, The Niche - Knoepfler Blog, 20.09.2017

Wiener Forscher erfassten alle "gezuckerten" menschlichen Proteine (DE)
Source: Studium.at, 20.09.2017

Wiener Forscher entdecken die "Sprache der Stammzellen" (DE)
Source: Kurier.at, 19.09.2017

Forschung für die Medizin von morgen: Auszeichnung für Algorithmen zur Vorhersage der Zellentwicklung (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Helmholtz, 18.09.2017,  Analytik News, 20.09.2017

Klinische Tests ohne Patienten (DE)
Source: Heise.de, 18.09.2017

Stem cell scientist appealing dismissal loses another paper
Source: RetractionWatch, 18.09.2017

Leben und Wissen: Wie die Wissenschaft das Leben blinder Menschen erleichtert (DE)
Source: Allgemeine Zeitung - Rhein Main Presse, 16.09.2017

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