GSCN White Paper

NEW: White Paper:

Organoide - from stem cells to future technologies


Organoids are three-dimensional cellular structures grown from stem cells in vitro. They mimic bodily organs, exhibiting similar cellular compositions and functions.
Organoids can be used for basic research and offer great  promise for medical research in an extremely wide range of fields, such as drug screening, toxicity tests, and individual drug-response.

Through this White Paper, the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN) and the Interdisciplinary  Research Group (IAG) Gene Technology Report of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW) hope to raise public awareness of this research field and stimulate an interdisciplinary public debate on organoids.

The GSCN report on organoids offers a tour of the latest developments in this major research field and of current and potential future applications. The focus is on current organoid research projects and companies, with viewpoints from a range of researchers and stakeholders.
This is followed by the IAG’s core statements and recommendations for action on the use of organoids. 

Please find the  download here (German version here)

Additionally the IAG has published a book: Organoide. Ihre Bedeutung für Forschung, Medizin und Gesellschaft (2020)
Herausgegeben von Sina Bartfeld, Hannah Schickl, Cantas Alev, Bon-Kyoung Koo, Anja Pichl, Angela Osterheider, Lilian Marx-Stölting
Forschungsberichte der interdisziplinären Arbeitsgruppen der Berlin-Brandenburgischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Band 43
Baden-Baden: Nomos (2020)
The book is online available  here





GSCN White Paper 2018: Translation - von der Stammzelle zur innovativen Therapie
Analyse und Empfehlungen zur klinischen Translation von Stammzellforschung in Deutschland




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Pressemitteilung 20.11.2018:
 Der steinige Weg zur Stammzell-Therapie


 GSCN White Paper 2016: Öffentliche Förderung der Stammzellforschung - Deutschland im internationalen Vergleich


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Pressemitteilung 28.09.2016:
 Deutschland fördert Stammzellforschung im internationalen Vergleich gering

Further information:

 For the Public
Standard wording for informed consent:
 Download Mustertext here (DE, .docx)
English translation (for international use):
 Download English Mustertext here (EN, .docx).

 Controversial Cuts (GSCN Annual Magazine 2015/16)

 Genome Editing (GSCN Annual Magazine 2014/15)

 Discussion paper: Ethical and legal assessment of genome editing in research on human cells (Leopoldina 2017)

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