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)



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

May: GSCN newsletter online

Please find information about abstract submission for the annual GSCN conference, the annual magazine and more news  here.

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.

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


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.

Archive GSCN News

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News from the field

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

Künstliches Blut: Forscher züchten erstmals menschliche Blutstammzellen (DE)
Source: Spiegel Online, 18.05.2017

Idee des Stammzellforschers wanderte nach Bayern ab, er nicht: Schöler ist und bleibt in Münster (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Westfälische Nachrichten, 18.05.2017

Mouse study looks at safety of stem cell therapy for early menopause
Source: Science Daily, 18.05.2017

Robust, high-throughput protocol for deriving microglia from human stem cells reported
Source: Science Daily, 18.05.2017

Kongress für Stammzellforscher: Mini-Gehirne wachsen im Labor (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Westfälische Nachrichten, 17.05.2017

Scientists Show How Defects in Blood-Brain Barrier Could Cause Neurological Disorder
Source: Cedars Sinai, 16.05.2017

Basis of 'leaky' brain blood vessels in Huntington's Disease identified
Source: Science Daily, 16.05.2017

Julia Ladewig: Diese Bonner Neurobiologin züchtet Mini-Gehirne (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Welt, 16.05.2017

New clinical trial to evaluate efficacy of stem cell product in patients disabled with chronic stroke
Source: News Medical, 16.05.2017

Stem cell transplant to tackle Huntington's disease
Source: BBC, 15.05.2017

Stem cell transplants may advance ALS treatment by repair of blood-spinal cord barrier
Source: Science Daily, 15.05.2017

In a world first, Japanese team creates eggs and sperm of endangered species from iPS cells
Source: JapanTimes, 13.05.2017

Interview | Experimentelle Musik aus Hautzellen - "Mit 10 Jahren wollte ich David Bowie werden" (DE)
Source: RBB Online, 12.05.2017

Connecting brain regions in a dish - a new organoide technology to detect malfunctions in the brain
Source: IMBA Vienna, 10.05.2017

New Yamanaka interview gives key insights into future of IPS cells
Nobel laureate has high hopes for donor iPS cells

Source: Knoepfler lab stem cell blog (10.05.2017), Nikkei Asia Review (27.04.2017)

International Stem Cell’s Trial in Parkinson’s Can Continue, Board Says
Source: Parkinson's News Today, 10.05.2017

Scientists unveil the UK’s largest resource of human stem cells from healthy donors (HipSci)
Source: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, 10.05.2017

Stem Cell Trial Data Mostly Go Unpublished
Source: The Scientist, 05.05.2017

Vitamin A deficiency is detrimental to blood stem cells (GSCN)
Source: DKFZ, 05.05.2017

California Today: Waiting on the Promise of Stem Cells
Source: NY Times, 03.05.2017

Amid uncertain future, state's stem cell agency loses transformational leader

Source: San Diego Union Tribune, 03.05.2017

Boston University scientists turn human induced pluripotent stem cells into lung cells
Source: Eureka Alert, 02.05.2017

Bessere Forschungsmöglichkeiten für Greifswalder Labormediziner - Vernetzung deutscher Biobanken (DE)
Source: DZHK, 02.05.2017

Research and Markets - Global Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESC) Market Analysis 2014-2017 & 2025
Source: Business Insider, 01.05.2017

Stem Cells in Culture Have Tendency to Develop Cancer-Linked Mutations
Source: Gene News Highlights, 01.05.2017

Gut Organoid Transplants Produce Colorectal Cancer in Mice
Source: The Scientist, 01.05.2017

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