Upcoming events

5th Annual GSCN Conference
11 - 13 September 2017
Jena, Germany

 Further GSCN events



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)



Newsletter January 2017 is out
News, conferences, workshops - to be found here: GSCN-Newsletter

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

The stem cell revolution is coming - slowly
Source: The New York Times, 16.01.17

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

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

First Max Planck Center for Regenerative Biomedicine opens in China (GSCN)
Source: MPI Muenster, 21.12.16

Programmable gene scissors revolutionize life sciences - Meyenburg-Prize (GSCN)
Source: DKFZ - Press and Public Relations, 20.12.16

Künstliche Minigehirne ähneln dem Original (DE)
Source: Science orf.at, 20.12.16

Text mining top 50 papers reveals hottest 2016 stem cell trends
Source: The Nische - Knoepfler lab blog, 20.12.16

Israel's BrainStorm to begin advanced trial for ALS stem cell treatment
Source: Reuters, 19.12.16

Scientists say the clock of aging may be reversible
Source: New York Times, 15.12.16

President Obama signs 21st century cures act - implications for the stem cell sector
Source: Seeking Alpha, 14.12.16

Asterias interview: stem cell spinal cord injury trials advance
Source: ipscell, 14.12.16

Researchers turn back the clock on human embryonic stem cells
Source: EurekAlert, 14.12.16

Defining immortality of stem cells to identify novel anti-aging mechanisms
Source: Science Daily, 28.11.16

Breakthrough as gene-editing technique restores sight to blind animals
Source: The Guardian, 16.11.16

German scientists Marcel Leist, Uni Kostanz, and Antje Apple-Mensel, TERM Würzburg, win Lush Prizes 2016 supporting animal-free testing (GSCN)
Source: Lush Prize, 11.11.2016

CIRM’s Translating Center and Pitching Machine Seek to Speed Up Clinical Trials in the US
Source: Regenerative Medicine, 10.11.16

Stem cells from schizophrenics produce fewer neurons
Source: The Guardian, 1.11.16

Gentechnik: Der Tabubruch (DE)
Source: heise online, 2.11.16

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