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5th Annual GSCN Conference

11 - 13 September 2017
Jena, Germany

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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.





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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.

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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 newsletter for August is online.

Read more here.

Statement from GSCN Acting President K. Lenhard Rudolph

"An investigation into good scientific practice has concluded that there is gross negligence in some publications which were under my supervision. I take this criticism very seriously and will rigorously address these cases and make appropriate corrections. I will therefore step down from the position of Active President of the GSCN in order to avoid any negative consequences for the GSCN and to fulfill my responsibility as a scientist."

This process has the following consequence:
In accordance with the Articles of Association (§ 8) the 1st deputy chairman of the Executive Board of the GSCN and Senior President, Ulrich Martin, will assume the duties of chairman and Active President until the next general meeting.
The GSCN Annual Conference 2017 will take place in Jena as planned from 11 to 13 September.

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

Our brand new GSCN annual magazine 2016/17 "Stem Cell Research: Potentials & Perspectives" is online:


Read it online  here (with download link).

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.

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News from the field

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

Ernst-Schering-Preis 2017 geht an Elly Tanaka (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Schering Stiftung, 24.09.2017

Folgenschwerer Verlust eines embryonalen Gens (DE)
Source: Neue Züricher Zeitung, 22.09.2017

Krebs ist der Preis, den Säugetiere zahlen (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Tagesspiegel, 21.09.2017

CRISPR used for genome editing of Oct4 in human embryos
Source: Nature News, Nature Editorial, Francis Crick Institute, The Niche - Knoepfler Blog, 20.09.2017

Wiener Forscher erfassten alle "gezuckerten" menschlichen Proteine (DE)
Source: Studium.at, 20.09.2017

Wiener Forscher entdecken die "Sprache der Stammzellen" (DE)
Source: Kurier.at, 19.09.2017

Forschung für die Medizin von morgen: Auszeichnung für Algorithmen zur Vorhersage der Zellentwicklung (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Helmholtz, 18.09.2017,  Analytik News, 20.09.2017

Klinische Tests ohne Patienten (DE)
Source: Heise.de, 18.09.2017

Stem cell scientist appealing dismissal loses another paper
Source: RetractionWatch, 18.09.2017

Leben und Wissen: Wie die Wissenschaft das Leben blinder Menschen erleichtert (DE)
Source: Allgemeine Zeitung - Rhein Main Presse, 16.09.2017

Warum heißt Ihre Firma eigentlich Eupheria, meine Herren? (GSCN) (DE)
Source: LaborJournal, 14.09.2017

Antagonistische Transkriptionsfaktoren kontrollieren die Entwicklung unterschiedlicher Gewebe (GSCN) (DE)
Source: MPI for Molecular Genetics, Berlin, 13.09.2017

India, Japan sign pact on stem cell research
Source: The Hindu, 13.09.2017

Magnetic cellular "Legos" for the regenerative medicine of the future
Source: CNRS France, 12.09.2017

Antibody-created stem cells may have superior properties
Source: San Diego Union Tribune, 11.09.2017


Podiumsdiskussion zur Stammzellforschung (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Jena TV, 11.09.2017

Zweifel an bahnbrechender Genreparatur (DE)
Source: Sueddeutsche, 06.09.2017, The Niche, 12.09.2017

Krebstherapie: Zika-Viren töten Stammzellen von Hirntumoren (DE)
Source: Wissenschaft aktuell, 06.09.2017

Forscher testen an Affen erfolgreich neue Therapie gegen Parkinson (DE)
Source: Sueddeutsche, 30.08.2017, Tagesspiegel, 30.08.2017,  DocCheck News, 14.09.2017

ISSCR Responds to FDA Announcement
Source: ISSCR, 28.08.2017

FDA Cracks Down On Stem-Cell Clinics Selling Unapproved Treatments
Source: npr, 28.08.2017

The organoid architect
Source: Science Magazine, 24.08.2017

Wie das Silicon Valley das Sterben abschaffen will (DE)
Source: FAZ, 24.08.2017

Mouse model of human immune system inadequate for stem cell studies
Source: Stanford Medicine, 22.08.2017

Neue Technik: Zelldifferenzierung per Barcode verfolgen (DE)
Source: Ärzteblatt, 22.08.2017

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