8th International Meeting
The 8th International Meeting of the Stem Cell Network NRW was held 21. - 22. April 2015 at the Plenary Chamber at the former German Bundestag in Bonn (Germany). We experienced an exciting meeting where the German Parliament met from 1992 until 1999. The glass and steel building lies at the heart of the former government quarter in direct proximity to the Rhine.
German Stem Cell Network Statement on on genetic engineering of the human germline statement
Hans Schöler appointed member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
Special honor for the Director of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Biomedicine in Münster. Press release.
Chance discovery. Scientists at the Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology in Bonn found a new mechanism affecting migration of neurons within the brain. Find the press release here. (DOI: 10.1038/nn.3583)
Report of the European Science Foundation calls for public endorsement and funding
The recent report gives also a good overview about the legislation in Europe for working with human embryonic cells. Report
British stem cell researchers and representatives of patient and science organizations call on MEPs
The goal of the joint statement is to maintain the provision of the current framework for funding stem cell research in the upcoming research program Horizon 2020. Read the full statement
Stem Cell Treatment for Eye Diseases Shows Promise
A treatment for eye diseases that is derived from human embryonic stem cells might have improved the vision of two patients.
The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) tries to inform potential users (patients) of stem cell based treatments and suggests guidelines for clinical translation. Read more:
Recent article about unproven therapies in China (Reuters).
European Court of Justice bans patents of procedures based on human embryonic stem cells
After the final decision of the European Court of Justice from October 18, 2011 patents on biomedical inventions which include the use of human embryonic stem cells (hES) can't not be granted any longer.
This is effective no matter if the establishment of hES cells is part of the patent or not or those cells are imported from abroad - the only way it is allowed in Germany for example. Researchers interprete this decision as a set back for translation orientated research. More than 100 patents within Europe are affected by this.
Research Map NRW:
Thanks to various research approaches, a wide spectrum of scientific research into adult and embryo stem cells is covered in North Rhine Westphalia (NRW). The Stem Cell Network includes research facilities in Aachen, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Essen, Münster and Witten/Herdecke. In addition, work on ethical, legal and sociological aspects of stem cell research is being conducted by various faculties at universities in Bochum, Bonn, Cologne, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, Hagen and Münster. For an overview of all these facilities, check out the Research Map NRW.