NEW: GSCN White Paper "Translation – from the stem cell toward innovative therapy“ (in German)
A working group " Translation of stem cell based therapies” has published a White Paper "Translation - from the stem cell toward innovative therapy. Analysis and recommendations for clinical translation of stem cell research in Germany" (in German) on the hurdles and gaps of the translation process of stem cell research. If you are interested to get printed documents, please contact the GSCN central office (contact: GSCN Office).
Press release (in German) 20.11.2018:
Der steinige Weg zur Stammzell-Therapie
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
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).
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
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.
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