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.





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!



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)



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 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 will be provided in the future for the international use of cell lines.
Standard wording document:  Download Mustertext here (DE, .docx).

GSCN Newsletter April online

The latest news from the GSCN Network: The registration for the 6th Annual GSCN Conference is open and there are interesting and diverse workshops and symposia around the conference.
A new publication for scientists and a broader audience about stem cell research in all aspects.
Travel Awards, UniStem Day 2018 ... 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.

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

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

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 

From one, many - Genetic roadmap to building an entire organism from a single cell
Source: Harvard Medical School, 26.04.2018 

Therapie mit Stammzellen in Sicht (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Ärztezeitung, 26.04.2018 

The ethics of experimenting with human brain tissue
Source: Nature, 25.04.2018 

Experimental arthritis drug prevents stem cell transplant complication
Source: Science Daily, 24.04.2018 

Stem cells from adults function just as well as those from embryos
Source: Science Daily, 24.04.2018 

New cell therapy aids heart recovery -- without implanting cells
Source: Science Daily, 23.04.2018 

Forscher pflanzen Mäusen menschliche Nervenzellen ins Gehirn (DE)
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 17.04.2018 

World’s First Stem Cell-Based Regenerative Treatment for Alzheimer's Disease in Japan
Source: Digitaljournal, 13.04.2018 

Stem-cell implant could halt an incredibly common cause of blindness
Source: MIT Technical Review, 05.04.2018 

First allogeneic stem cell therapy to receive central marketing authorization approval in Europe
Source: Takeda, 23.02.2018

World’s first commercial iPS cell-making plant opens
Source: The Asahi Shimbun, 22.03.2018 

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announces foundation of EU-OPENSCREEN (GSCN)
Source: EU-Openscreen, 21.03.2018 

How human embryonic stem cells sparked a revolution
Source: Nature, 20.03.2018 

Gründung der Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Stammzellforschung ASSCR.at (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Boerse-Express, 20.03.2018 

Zehn Jahre erfolgreiche Forschung an Krebs-Stammzellen – Start der dritten Förderrunde (DE) (GSCN)
Source: DKFZ, 20.03.2018 

Gründerserie : Die Zellen-Drucker (DE)
Source: FAZ, 20.03.2018 

Stem cells treat macular degeneration
Source: Science Daily, 19.03.2018 

Stem cell treatment offers new hope for multiple sclerosis patients
Source: The Telegraph, 19.03.2018 

In Landmark Study, Human Stem Cells Restore Monkeys’ Movement After Spinal Cord Injury
Source: Singularity Hub, 14.03.2018 

New Hope for ALS Patients Worldwide: Kadimastem Commences Its Clinical Trial in ALS Patients at Hadassah Medical Center After it Received Approval From the Ministry of Health
Source: PRNewswire, 13.03.2018 

Grundlegendes Sammelsurium: Publikationsanalyse Zellbiologie - Stammzellen machen's möglich (DE) (GSCN)
Source: LaborJournal, 03/2018

Nobelpreisträgerin Christine Nüsslein-Volhard im Gespräch: "Ich halte Quoten für unwürdig" (DE)
Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung, 08.03.2018 

FDA sets path for stem cell therapies
Source: CNN, 08.03.2018 

Just published:
Stammzellforschung: Aktuelle wissenschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Entwicklungen (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Nomos elibrary

On the immortality of stem cells
Source: Alpha Galileo, 07.03.2018

Asterias Provides Update for its AST-OPC1 Phase 1/2a Clinical Trial in Severe Spinal Cord Injury
Source: Asterias Biotherapeutics 28.02.2018

Stammzellen: Gezüchtetes Knochengewebe heilt Schienbeinbruch (DE)
Source: Der Spiegel 28.02.2018

Scientists repair spinal cord injuries in monkeys using human stem cells
Source: CIRM: The Stem Cellar, 27.02.2018

Zehn Jahre Fraunhofer Lübeck (DE)
Source: Lübecker Nachrichten, 27.02.2018

Stammzellenforschung: Großes Potenzial, ausbaufähige Fördersituation (DE) (GSCN)
Source: Der Standard, 23.02.2018

Reprogramming adult cells into induced pluripotency with unprecedented efficiency
Source: Science Daily, 22.02.2018

Hoffnung auf Therapie von Multipler Sklerose: Neuer Mechanismus entdeckt (DE) (GSCN)
Source: University Innsbruck, 22.02.2018

Blutstammzellen aus dem Labor? (DE) (GSCN)
Source: MTA Dialog, 20.02.2018

Impfung mit Stammzellen hemmt Krebs (DE)
Source: Tagesspiegel, 19.02.2018

Mischwesen gegen den Organmangel (DE)
Source: Spektrum, 19.02.2018

„Eine Technologie von heute“: Echte Herzen aus dem 3D-Drucker (DE)
Source: Sputnik News, 18.02.2018

Impfung mit Stammzellen hemmt Krebswachstum (DE)
Source: Wissenschaft aktuell, 16.02.2018

Chinese researchers report first lung stem cell transplantation clinical trial
Source: EurekAlert, 09.02.2018

Functioning human mini-kidney grown from stem cells in mice for first time
Source: Independent, 09.02.2018

First human eggs grown in laboratory
Source: BBC, 09.02.2018

Teilung von Stammzellen erstmals im Gehirn mitverfolgt (DE)
Source: Universität Zürich, 09.02.2018

Erstaunliche Flexibilität: Wie Zebrafische ihr Herz regenerieren können (DE)
Source: Der Standard, 06.02.2018

New mouse model makes stem cells light up green
Source: University Bonn, 01.02.2018

Förderpreis der Chica und Heinz Schaller-Stiftung an Marieke Essers (GSCN) (DE)
Source: DKFZ, 01.02.2018

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