Upcoming events

Virtual 8th Annual GSCN Conference
23 - 25 September 2020


UniStem Day 2021
European Stem Cell Day in Germany
5 March 2021
 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.





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GSCN members discuss new trends and developments on the GSCN social intranet.

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New funding call from European innovative medicine initiative (IMI) 
 More information (IMI Website)

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The different German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) Logos in low resolution

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Excellent research: Award winners 2020 of the GSCN

The „GSCN 2020 Young Investigator Award“ goes to Prof. Dr. Barbara Treutlein of the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropolgy, Leipzig, and the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at the ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
The „GSCN 2020 Female Scientist Award“ goes to Prof. Dr. Edith Heard, Director General of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg.
The „GSCN 2020 Publication of the Year Award“ goes to Sergiy Velychko and Prof. Dr. Hans R. Schöler of the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine in Munster for the publication “Excluding Oct4 from Yamanaka cocktail unleashes the developmental potential of iPSCs”, 2019, published in the Journal Cell Stem Cell, 2019

Please find the  press release and more information here.

Virtual: 8th Annual GSCN Conference goes online

We cordially invite you to the Virtual 8th GSCN Annual Conference. The conference will be held online from 23 - 25 September 2020 and will reflect the complete program of the planned physical GSCN Conference, due to the safety rules because of the Corona Pandemic. We expect 400 participants, a great scientific program with international keynote speakers, a presidential symposium, online poster sessions, an ELSA Symposium, a non-PI meeting and many more highlights.

We are expecting a successful conference. Video chats and breakout rooms will give space for exciting discussions, academic exchange and reconnecting with old friends and colleagues. The online conference will cover the latest findings in stem cell biology in Germany. Due to the change in systems, we offer every GSCN member a free registration fee! Every regular student non-member will be charged 50 €, every regular non-member accepts a fee of 130 €. Please check the registration details. 

Link to  Program

Link to   Registration

Information on corona pandemic

The SARS coronavirus-2 (SARS-Cov-2) is currently causing severe restrictions on public life worldwide. The health and safety of all GSCN conference participants is our top priority. For this reason, we will follow the guidelines of the responsible authorities – and turn the Annual GSCN Meeting into a Virtual Meeting. 
The organization of the GSCN Annual Conference 2020 is proceeding as planned and the conference will take place with all program items online.
Due to the change in systems, we offer every GSCN member a free registration fee! Every regular student non-member will be charged 50 €, every regular non-member accepts a fee of 130 €. Please check the registration details. We therefore encourage you to register as well as to submit abstracts for the scientific program.

Hot off the press:

Check out the GSCN annual magazine 2019/20

"Stem Cell Research and Diseases I"

Read it online  here (with download link).

Statement of the GSCN

Offers of unproven stem cell therapies for COVID-19 disease caused by the corona virus SARS-CoV-2

With the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, there is an urgent need for new treatments, especially for critically ill patients. Clinical trials, such as experiments with SARS-COV-2 vaccines, are in full swing. However, there is a significant increase in unproven and untested therapies worldwide, including unproven treatments based on "stem cells". The German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) as well as international scientific societies such as EuroStemCell (Statement), the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR Statement) and the International Society for Cell & Gene Therapy (ISCT Statement) strongly oppose the irresponsible offer of unproven cell-based treatments, especially in the context of such a severe pandemic. Affected individuals and families are urged to talk to healthcare professionals to obtain the best available information on COVID-19 disease and treatment options.

Analogue & digital exhibition

Stem cells: cells for life– 10 Posters (in German) to download

The GSCN has developed an exhibition for institutes, universities and teachers - 10 posters on topics of current stem cell research like diabetes, organoids, skin, ethics and many more. Each poster is accompanied by a website with videos, factsheets and an interactive quiz to deepen the information.
The highlight: The posters are available as DINA 0 format on the GSCN website - anyone can download them, print them out as posters or roll-ups - and immediately has a complete, analogue and digitally enhanced, exhibition on stem cells, research and application at hand.


Link to the website (only in German): Stammzellen - Zellen fürs Leben

7th GSCN Annual Conference 2019: Excellent conference in Berlin

That was a great Annual GSCN Conference in Berlin with 400 scientists, 66 selected talks, 5 keynotes, 151 poster, 29 exhibitors, 3 GSCN awards, different workshops, a Non-PI meeting, an ELSA symposium, a public event with new GSCN videos … and all and everybody circling around stem cells.
Highlights were the keynotes by Kathrin Plath (Los Angeles), James Wells (Cincinnati), Shoukhrat Mitalipov (Portland), Lorenz Studer (New York) and  Pekka Katjisto (Helsinki/Stockholm). More highlight was the Presidential Symposium with a keynote by Anne Grapin-Botton (Dresden) and the talks of the GSCN awardees Nico Lachmann, Ana Martin-Villalba and Germàn Camargo Ortega. Overall it was an inspiring atmosphere with fantastic talks, great networking, very nice social events and it all lived by the engaged scientific community of the GSCN - Thank you very much to all participants and supporters and see you next year in Ulm to the 8th GSCN Annual Conference 2020. Save the date: 23 - 25 Sept 2020!

From the press: Read  here

Exciting Highlights of 7th GSCN Conference in Berlin




GSCN Awards 2019: Discover the potential of stem cells

- The „GSCN 2019 Young Investigator Award“ goes to Dr. Nico Lachmann from the Institute for Experimental Hematology at Hannover Medical School (MHH).
- The „GSCN 2019 Female Scientist Award“ goes to Prof. Dr. Ana Martin-Villalba from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg.
- The „GSCN 2019 Publication of the Year Award“ goes to Dr. Germán Camargo Ortega (Cell System Dynamics Group, ETH Zurich) and Prof. Magdalena Götz (Director of the Institute for Stem Cell Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München and Chair of Physiological Genomics at the Biomedical Centre of LMU) for the publication"The centrosome protein Akna regulates neurogenesis via microtubule organization", 2019, in the journal Nature (Camargo Ortega, G et al., 2019, Nature 567, 113-117, doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-0962)

Read more here: Press release: Discover the potential of stem cells

GSCN Awards

The three GSCN awards are endowed with 1,500 euros each, and the awardees will give a lecture at the Presidential Symposium on 24 September at this year's GSCN Stem Cell Conference from 23 - 25 September 2019 in Berlin.

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


GSCN school material:

"Understanding Stem Cells - The conference for schools"


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.understanding-stemcells.info

GSCN Members


News from the field

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

Patient-specific airway stem cells developed to model lung diseases
Source: scienceboard.net, 26.10.2020 

Chemie-Nobelpreis geht an Genforscherinnen Charpentier und Doudna (DE)
Genetic scissors: a tool for rewriting the code of life
Source: faz.net, nobelprize.org, 07.10.2020

Der „Berliner Patient“ ist gestorben (DE)
Timothy Ray Brown, First Patient Cured of H.I.V., Dies at 54

Source: FAZ, New York Times, 01.10.2020

Hans Schöler takes over presidency of the German Stem Cell Network
Source: mpi-muenster, 24.09.2020

Gewebe mit Funktionen des menschlichen Gehirns aus Stammzellen hergestellt (DE)
Source: umg.eu, 28.08.2020

CASIN - Jungbrunnen für alternde Mäuse: Forschende drehen die epigenetische Uhr zurück (DE)
Inhibition of Cdc42 activity extends lifespan and decreases circulating inflammatory cytokines in aged female C57BL/6 mice
Source: idw-online.de, 13.08.2020; agingcell

University of Minnesota launches stem cell trial against severe COVID-19
Source: startribune.com, 13.08.2020

Cell growth clue could lead to new breast cancer treatments
Source: scope, 14.08.2020

Neue Technologie gibt Einblicke in die Entwicklung von Immunzellen (DE)
Source: dkfz.de, 12.08.2020

Christopher Baum chosen to head the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH)
Christopher Baum wird Vorstandsvorsitzender des Berliner Instituts für Gesundheitsforschung (BIH)
Source: BIH, 05.08.2020

Skin stem cells shuffle sugars as they age
Source: EurekAlert, 21.07.2020

Human sperm stem cells grown in lab, an early step toward infertility treatment
Source: Phys.org, 13.07.2020

New clues from fruit flies about the critical role of sex hormones in stem cell control
Source: sciencedaily.com, 09.07.2020

Human organoids: model systems for human biology and medicine
Source: nature.com, 07.07.2020

RNA key in helping stem cells know what to become
Source: EurekAlert, 07.07.2020

Stem Cell Strategies Get Compassionate Use in COVID-19
Source: medscape.com, 06.07.2020

Mini organs reveal how the coronavirus ravages the body
Source: nature, 22.06.2020

Novel vaccine platform against COVID-19 based on engineered human mesenchymal stem cells
Source: News Medical Life Sciences, 22.06.2020

Studying the Neanderthal DNA found in modern humans using stem cells and organoids
Source: Science Daily, 18.06.2020

Sprunginnovationen zum Organersatz: 2 x Herz, 1 x Bauchspeicheldrüse (DE) (GSCN)
Source: BMBF, 20.05.2020

Revealed: two men in China were first to receive pioneering stem-cell treatment for heart-disease
Source: nature.com, 13.05.2020

Gen- und Stammzelltherapie gegen Aids (DE)
Source: Orf.at, 29.04.2020

UCLA stem cell scientists receive awards to pursue treatments and vaccines for COVID-19
Source: news-medical.net, 26.04.2020

Stem cells in the clinic: how are they regulated?
Source: EPR, 20.04.2020

2nd person cured of HIV thanks to stem cell transplant
Source: MedicalNewsToday, 12.03.2020

ISSCR Statement Regarding the Marketing of Unproven Stem Cell Treatments for COVID-19
Source: ISSCR, 10.03.2020

Deutscher Krebspreis an Andreas Trumpp:
BIH-Podcast „Aus Forschung wird Gesundheit“, Podcast 18 (GSCN) (DE)
Source: Berliner Institut für Gesundheitsforschung, 09.03.2020

'Primitive' stem cells shown to regenerate blood vessels in the eye
Source: Science Daily, 09.03.2020

New Experiment With Human Stem Cells Ends Up Rapidly Curing Diabetes in Mice
Source: sciencealert, 26.02.2020

Deutscher Krebspreis an Andreas Trumpp:
Deutscher Krebspreis für exzellente klinische, translationale und experimentelle Forschung
Source: Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft, 19.02.2020

German Translation of the 2016 ISSCR Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation is available (GSCN)
Deutsche Übersetzung der Leitlinien für Stammzellforschung und klinische Translation is Online (GSCN) (DE)
Source: ISSCR, PDF 18.02.2020

Inducing factor transforms pluripotent stem cells into totipotent cells
Source: DrugTargetReview, 30.01.2020

Japanischer Arzt führt erste Transplantation mit Herzmuskel iPS-Zellen durch (DE)
Source: Sumikai, 28.01.2020

The growing possibilities for stem cells in pharma
Source: DrugTargetReview, 28.01.2020

Parkinson's disease may start before birth
Source: ScienceDaily, 27.01.2020

Warum bei Stress die Haare grau werden (DE)
Source: Tagesspiegel, 23.01.2020

Bio-Mikroroboter könnten das Kniegelenk reparieren (DE)
Magnetic Microbots Deliver Stem Cells to Heal Knee Cartilage

Source: Tagesspiegel, 23.01.2020, Medgadget, 24.01.2020

Ncardia and BlueRock Therapeutics Announce Collaboration Agreement and Licensing of Process Development Technologies for the Manufacture of iPSC-derived Cardiomyocytes
Source: NCardia.com , 21.01.2020

ISSCR statement on ethical standards for stem cell-based embryo models
Source: EurekAlert, 16.01.2020

BIH - Interview mit Axel Pries über das Berlin INstitute of Health (BIH) (DE)
Source: Berliner Morgenpost, 12.01.2020

Prox1-positive cells monitor and sustain the murine intestinal epithelial cholinergic niche
Source: Nature, 08.01.2020

Discoveries detail role of stem cell in deadly gastric cancer
Source: EurekAlert, 07.01.2020

New multiple sclerosis treatment trial compares stem cell transplantation to best available drugs
Source: NIH, 07.01.2020

The risks behind the hype of stem-cell treatments
Source: BBC, 07.01.2020

Closer to identifying leukemic stem cells
Source: Eurekalert, 02.01.2020

Über Hoffnung, Stammzellen und Parkinson (DE)
Source: Deutschlandfunk, 30.12. 2019

Innovative method delivers new insights into the stem cell microenvironment
Source: Phys.org, 23.12.2019

Study uncovers a previously unknown subtype of muscle stem cells
Source: news-medical, 21.12.2019

Stroke drug boosts stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury in rats
Source: Sciencedaily.com, 17.12. 2019

U.S. agency warns company marketing ‘stem cells’ for autism
Source: spectrum.org, 12.12.2019

Clinic pitches unproven treatments to desperate patients, with tips on raising the cash
Source: Washington Post, 2.12.2019

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