Upcoming events

5th Annual GSCN Conference

11 - 13 September 2017
Jena, Germany

 Further GSCN events

UniStem Day 2017
17. März 2017



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.





GSCN Humhub

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

GSCN Membership


The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is a member-driven initiative. Join us and support this important initiative!



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)



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.

New GSCN movies: patients rights - heart tissue - liver stem cells

Take a look at the movies  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.

The 4th Annual GSCN Conference in Hannover brought the German community together

The 4rd Annual Conference of the GSCN (  Conference Website) welcomed over 400 participants and 35 companies to the Hannover Medical School in Hannover from 12 - 14 September 2016.

During the intense three days the community presented the newest results in oral and poster presentations. The conference again offered extensive possibilities to network, discuss with existing collaborators and forge new interactions. The largest industry exhibition of all GSCN annual conference with 35 booths of partnering companies offered the possibilities to learn about the new technologies and products for the field and foster the interactions with the private sector. A non-PI meeting of 24 keen young scientists followed the official program on Thursday 15 Sept. 2016. As in previous years a well-attended public event on Wednesday evening presented the advances of stem cell research to an interested lay audience (public event 2016).

One highlight among many others was the Presidential Symposium with this years winners of the GSCN awards:
You find more information on the 2016 awardees here:  GSCN Awards and in the Press release GSCN Awards 2016 

Further reading (in German):  www.biotechnologie.de Rebirth Report,  Transkript - Alex Meissner

News, news, news

GSCN November Newsletter is online - with latest news about the GSCN Conference, White Paper and workshops. Read more  here

German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) announces scientific awards: All eyes on stem cells

- The „GSCN 2016 Young Investigator Award“ goes to Dr. Leo Kurian of the Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC) at the University of Cologne.
- The „GSCN 2016 Female Scientist Award“ goes to Prof. Dr. Claudia Waskow of the TU Dresden.
- The „GSCN 2016 Publication of the Year Award“ goes to Dr. Guangqi Song, Dr. Martin Pacher, Prof. Michael Ott and Dr. Amar Deep Sharma of the REBIRTH Center and TWINCORE Center at Hannover Medical School for the publication “Direct Reprogramming of Hepatic Myofibroblasts into Hepatocytes In Vivo Attenuates Liver Fibrosis“ in the journal Cell Stem Cell

The three GSCN awards are accompanied by a prize of 1,500 €. The awardees will deliver a presentation in the presidential symposium at the 4th Annual Conference of the GSCN from 12 - 14 Sept. 2016 in Hannover.

Find more information in the press release:  All eyes on stem cells


GSCN Flyer for patients "Therapies with stem cells" (in German)

The working group " Patient information" has published a new flyer with information about therapies with stem cells and the risk of unproven therapies. If you are interested, the central office will mail it to you (contact: GSCN Office).


You can download it  here.

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


Read it online  here (with download link).

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.

Archive GSCN News

GSCN Members


News from the field

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

Potential of stem cell therapy to repair lung damage
Source: Science Daily, 28.03.2017

New stem cell method produces millions of human brain and muscle cells in days
Source: Science Daily, 23.03.2017

New tools to study the origin of embryonic stem cells
Source: Science Daily, 23.03.2017

A New Form of Stem-Cell Engineering Raises Ethical Questions
Source: New York Times, 21.03.2017

Novel cell culture model is aimed at avoiding animal experiments and solving reproductive problems
Source: Leibniz Institute FBN, 21.03.2017

Engineer aims to grow spinal tissue in lab
Source: University of Wisconsin, 21.03.2017

Borrowing from nature: UW-Madison scientists use plants to grow stem cells
Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 20.03.2017

Stem cells seem speedier in space
Source: Phys.Org, 20.03.2017

Vision saved by first induced pluripotent stem cell treatment
Source: New Scientist, 15.03.2017

Longeveron Achieves Milestone in Groundbreaking Stem Cell Trial for Alzheimer's Disease
Source: EurekAlert, 08.02.2017

Good stem cell news on trials, FDA, cool new papers & more
Source: The Niche (Knoepfler lab blog), 31.01.2017

Paper on 1st use of CRISPR in normal human embryos: problems remain
Source: ipscell.org, 09.03.2017

Cambridge scientists create first self-developing embryo from stem cells
Source: The Guardian, 02.03.2017

Regulator ready’ stem cell lines now available for clinical development
Source: UK Gov., 27.02.2017

Stem cell Icarus
Source: BioEdge, 11.02.2017

Human brain 'organoids' offer new insight into rare developmental disease
Source: Science Daily, 07.02.2017

Riken-linked team set to test transplanting eye cells using iPS from donor
Source: JapanTimes, 08.02.2017

BMBF funding for diabetes research on pancreas chip (GSCN)
Source: EurekAlert, 08.02.2017

Good stem cell news on trials, FDA, cool new papers & more
Source: The Niche (Knoepfler lab blog), 31.01.2017

First stem cell study could lead to development of therapy to reduce inflammation caused by CF
Source: News Medical, 31.01.17

Organoide: Därmchen und Hirnchen (DE)
Source: DocCheckNews, 30.01.2017

Reprogrammierung von Fruchtwasser-Stammzellen in Richtung Pluripotenz (GSCN)(DE)
Source: Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, 27.01.2017

A stem cell-based system makes the battle against a rare disease personal (GSCN)
Source: Max Delbrueck Center, 26.01.2017

Scientists use stem cells to create human/pig chimera embryos
Source: EurekaAlert, 26.01.2017

Mature heart muscle cells created in the laboratory from stem cells
Source: EurekaAlert, 26.01.2017

Dortmunder Wissenschaftler erforschen Gennetzwerk von Leberzellen zur Reprogrammierung von Stammzellen (DE)
Source: WDR, 25.01.2017

Kyoto University to halt provision of iPS cells after reagent misuse
Source: The Japanese Times, 24.01.2017

Revolutionary burn treatment uses stem cell spray
Source: Click2Houston, 24.01.17

Stammzellenforschung mit einem Denso-Roboter (DE)
Source: Hanser Konstruktion, 24.01.17

Researchers discover BRCA1 gene is key for blood forming stem cells
Source: Science Daily, 24.01.17

Elaine Fuchs wins 2017 McEwen Award for Innovation
Source: Rockefeller University, 23.01.2017

Tollwutviren zeigen Verschaltungen im gläsernen Gehirn (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Universität Bonn, 19.01.2017

Scientists initiate first ethical guidelines for organs cultivated in vitro
Source: IMBA Vienna, 19.01.2017

California voters were promised cures. But the state stem cell agency has funded just a trickle of clinical trials
Source: STATNews, 19.01.2017

Scientists reprogram embryonic stem cells to expand their potential cell fates
Source: EurekAlert, 13.01.17

Improving longevity of functionally integrated stem cells in regenerative vision therapy
Source: medicalxpress, 12.01.17

Japan, German researchers trying to save endangered rhinos using iPS cells (GSCN)
Source: The Japanese Times, 07.01.2017

NYSCF and Personal Genome Project announce availability of fully sequenced stem cell lines
Source: eurekalert, 05.01.17

Biological techniques: Stomach growth in a dish
Source: nature, 04.01.17

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