Information for the public
Although stem cell research is a very recent biomedical discipline it receives great public interest. Requests from patients, students, teachers and the interested public reach our members. Our goal as German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) is to develop and deliver information for these target groups. This includes basic information about stem cell biology to current research projects, as well as their theoretical and actual applications.
Most of the GSCN information materials for the public are produced in German. Please find the materials here.
Interview with Tobias Cantz on public outreach of the GSCN
The working groups outreach programs and patient information will organize the processing of this information.
In 2014/15 the GSCN has produced a series of five short movies on stem cell scientists and clinicians in Germany.
The series features Andreas Zeiher (Frankfurt) about cell therapies for heart attack patients:
Hubert Serve (Frankfurt) on cell therapies with CRISP/Cas:
Magdalena Götz (Munich) about her research on neuronal stem cells:
The fourth movie shows a portrait of the physician and scientist Anthony D. Ho (Heidelberg) about his research on hematopoietic stem cells and a patient who survived after receiving a stem cell treatment:
Andreas Trumpp (Heidelberg) talks in the fifth movie in this series about his research on cancer stem cells:
Beside these own materials developed by the GSCN, we want to refer to the following offers of our partners and stem cell organizations:
Diskurslernen (in German):
These teaching materials convey the discursive competence using "Research with human embryonic stem cells" as an example.
EuroStemCell (in German and English):
The EU-funded project provides materials in different formats and films (http://www.youtube.com/user/EuroStemCell) for different age groups.
Typ(isch) Stammzelle (in German):
Leading German scientists explain in four short films the properties and applications of different types of stem cells, one film is devoted to ethical and legal aspects.
Zellux.net (in German):
The thematic portal on stem cell research provides materials for the classroom. Or take the ethics test!
Stem Cell Network - Canada:
The Canadian Stem Cell Network has developed a variety of information on stem cells and on stem cell treatments. We also recommend their educational movies on different issues around stem cells that can be found on Vimeo - Stem Cell Network.
Informations for patients:
ISSCR patient handbook on stem cell therapies (Source: ISSCR)
Factsheets about stem cells and diseases by EuroStemCell
Informations about clinical studies in Germany (KKS Netzwerk)
and worldwide ClinicalTrials.gov
Website 'A closer look at stem cell treatments' (Source: ISSCR)
Doku movie "Stammzellforschung - Horror oder Hoffnung" (in German) which is based on the movie "Stem Cell Revolutions"