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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GSCN members discuss new trends and developments on the GSCN social intranet.

GSCN Membership


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

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)



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 toProf. 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) andProf. 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.

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.


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

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

First-of-its-kind clinical trial will use reprogrammed adult stem cells to treat Parkinson’s
Source: Science Magazine, 30.06.2018

Scientists generate key life event in artificial mouse 'embryo' created from stem cells
Source: Science Daily, 23.07.2018

Stammzelltherapien: Wie Pseudo-Wissenschaft dubiose Geschäfte ankurbelt (DE)(GSCN)
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 22.07.2018

Dopamine Neuron Implants Ease Parkinson’s Symptoms in Monkeys
Source: The Scientist, 20.06.2018

Lorenz Studer: HESC-based therapies for Parkinson’s Diseasecientists have captured the elusive cell that can regenerate an entire flatworm
Source: ipscell, 20.06.2018

Exclusive: Neanderthal ‘minibrains’ grown in dish
Source: Science Magazine, 20.06.2018

Scientists have captured the elusive cell that can regenerate an entire flatworm
Source: Science Daily 14.06.2018

A Crispr Conundrum: How Cells Fend Off Gene Editing
Source: NYTimes 12.06.2018

Scientists unravel molecular mechanisms of Parkinson's disease
Source: Medicalxpress, 12.06.2018

ISSCR Opposes Proposal to Restrict Fetal Tissue Research
Source: ISSCR, 12.06.2018

Stem-cell culture moves to the third dimension
Source: Nature, 11.06.2018

Stammzellnische für zehn Milliarden Dickdarmzellen pro Tag (DE)
Source: UZH, 06.06.2018

Human blood cells transformed into functional neurons
Source: Stanford Medicine, 04.06.2018

‘Reprogrammed’ stem cells approved to mend human hearts for the first time
Source: nature, 29.05.2018

ISSCR Announces Hamburg, Germany as Site of 2021 Annual Meeting
4.000 internationale Experten aus der Stammzellforschung tagen 2021 in Hamburg
Source: ISSCR, 23.05.2018; LifeScienceNord, 28.05.2018

Japan Approves Revolutionary Stem Cell Technique to Treat Heart Disease
Source: Interesting Engineering, 02.06.2018

Ein Gehirn denkt, aber ohne Körper ginge das nicht
Source: NZZ, 31.05.2018

FDA halts one of the first human CRISPR studies before it begins
Source: Technology Review, 30.05.2018

In the coming years the first clinical tests with stem cells to treat diabetes
Source: The Weekly Observer, 28.05.2018

First 3D-printed human corneas
Source: Science Daily, 28.05.2018

UCSF welcomes first In utero stem cell transplant baby
Source: UCSF, 25.05.2018

HelmholtzZentrum München embarks on a strategic partnership on translational research for type 1 diabetes with Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) (GSCN)
Source: HelmholtzZentrum München, 23.05.2018

Less is more? Gene switch for healthy aging found (GSCN)
Source: ERIBA Groningen, 22.05.2018

Fleisch aus Stammzellen: Welchen Namen soll es tragen? (DE)
Source: Spiegel Online, 23.05.2018

Kyoto University to start providing Embryonic Stem cells for clinical studies
Source: Nikkei Asian Review, 22.05.2018

Bewegung des Hirnwassers regt Nerven-Stammzellen zur Teilung an (DE)(GSCN)
Source: HemlmholtzZentrum München, 18.05.2018

Researchers take key step toward growing human organs in laboratory
Source: Science Daily, 16.05.2018

Genschere CRISPR unter falschem Verdacht
Source: Standard, 16.05.2018

Breaking down barriers to advance stem cell therapies – the view from the Vatican conference
Source: CIRM, 15.05.2018

Washington erhebt Zivilklage wegen Stammzelltherapien (DE)
Source: FAZ, 10.05.2018 

What you should know about stem cells, from promising research to dubious uses
Source: Washington Post, 30.04.2018 

Nature journals formalize ethics standards for human-embryo and stem-cell papers
Source: Nature, 02.05.2018 

Blastocyst-like structures generated solely from stem cells
Source: Nature, 02.05.2018 

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