Upcoming events

7th Annual GSCN Conference

23 - 25 September 2019
Berlin, Germany

UniStem Day 2019
European Stem Cell Day in Germany
15 March 2019
 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


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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 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).

Download  here
Please find the English version of the recommendations  here.
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

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). 

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.

Archive GSCN News

GSCN Members


News from the field

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

Herr, lass Hirn wachsen  (DE)
Source: Tagesspiegel, 11.12.2018

The source of stem cells points to two proteins
Source: ScienceDaily, 11.12.2018

Hohe Auszeichnung für Stammzellforscher Andreas Trumpp
Source: DKFZ, 10.12.2018 (DE)

Leibniz-Preis für Hans-Reimer Rodewald, DKFZ Heidelberg (DE)
Source: DKFZ, 6.12.2018

The CRISPR Baby Scandal Gets Worse by the Day
Source: The Atlantic, 3.12.2018

Nächster Schritt für Zellersatztherapie bei Typ-1-Diabetes (DE)
Source: Innovations Report, 29.11.2018

Marieke Essers, Heidelberg, erhält der Preis der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, gestiftet von der Monika Kutzner Stiftung (DE) (GSCN)
Source: BBAW, 29.11.2018

Platelets grown from stem cells could reduce the reliance on donated platelets
Source: news-medical.net, 29.11.2018

ISSCR comments on reports of Chinese scientists performing genome-editing during fertility treatment
First gene-edited babies claimed in China
Wissenschaftlerprotest in China gegen Versuch mit Zwillingsmädchen (DE)
Sources: ISSCRAP, FAZ, Deutscher Ethikrat,  26.11.2018

Warum die Translation von Stammzelltherapien stockt (DE) (GSCN)
Source: transkript, University Ulm, 22.11.2018

Stammzelltherapie bei Herzinfarkten: Was ist von der Hoffnung geblieben? (DE)
Source: Deutschlandfunk, 20.11.2018

Stammzellen aus Milchzähnen retten bleibende Zähne (DE)
Source: ZWP Online, 20.11.2018

Stammzellforscher und Assistenzarzt des UKSH, Campus Kiel, erhält renommierten Innovationspreis des MIT (DE)
Source: Uniklinik Schleswig-Holstein, 20.11.2018

Erster Parkinsonpatient erhält Stammzellen fürs Gehirn
Stem cells transplanted for treatment of Parkinson’s disease
Source: News Medical (EN), 11.11.2018, Sueddeutsche Zeitung (DE), 14.11.2018

FDA warns StemGenex Biologic Laboratories LLC of illegally marketing an unapproved cellular product
Source: FDA, 13.11.2018

Stem Cell Treatment Seen to Benefit Lupus Patients in Phase 1 Trial, New Study Opening
Source: Lupus News Today, 12.11.2018

New Stem Cell Research Aims To Stop Boys Losing Fertility After Childhood Cancer Treatment
Source: Forbes, 22.10.2018

Scientists Nearly Eliminate HIV Reservoirs in Patients Using Stem Cells
Source: Sputnik, 17.10.2018

Illinois scientists find stem cell proliferation is controlled directly by nervous system
Source: Eurekalert, 17.10.2018

New treatment prevents transplant rejection
Source: MedicalXpress, 16.10.2018

Harvard Calls for Retraction of Dozens of Studies by Noted Cardiologist
Source: NYT, The Scientist, Ipscell,  15.10.2018

MIT Stem Cell Initiative: In pursuit of the elusive stem cell
Source: MIT News, 15.10.2018

Mouse pups with same-sex parents born in China using stem cells and gene editing
Mäuse mit zwei Müttern oder Vätern (DE)
Source: EurekAlert, Nationalgeographic,  Scienexx (DE), 12.10.2018

Scientists develop new method to more efficiently generate brain stem cells
Source: phys.org, 01.10.2018

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