Organization

The Stem Cell Network North Rhine-Westphalia is a non-profit association founded by 19 scientific institutions in NRW in September 2018. Prior to this, the network had already existed for 16 years under the German name “Kompetenznetzwerk Stammzellforschung NRW”, always supported by the Ministry of Science (currently the Ministry of Culture and Science) of the State of NRW.

The association has three bodies (General Assembly, Board of Representatives, and Executive Board), as well as advisory bodies (Board of Trustees and Advisory Board), and an office.

General Assembly

The General Assembly consists of at least one representative of each member. The network currently has 21 members (legal entities), for whom the legal representative (rector or medical director) or a representative appointed by the rector or medical director participates in the meeting of the General Assembly.

Overview of members

Board of Representatives

According to the statutes of the Stem Cell Network NRW, various tasks of the General Assembly were transferred to the Board of Representatives. In contrast to the General Assembly, it does not consist of legal entities, but of natural persons. The General Assembly elects the Board of Representatives. It also determines how many people it should consist of; the figure is currently 22:

Prof. Dr. James Adjaye

Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. James Adjaye

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bloch

Department of Molecular and Cellular Sport Medicine

German Sport University Cologne

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bloch

Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüstle

Chairman

Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology

University Hospital of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüstle

Prof. Dr. Frank Dietrich

Institute of Philosophy

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Prof. Dr. Frank Dietrich

Prof. Dr. Thomas Dittmar

Institute of Immunology

Witten/Herdecke University

Prof. Dr. Frank Dietrich

Prof. Dr. Andreas Faissner

Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology

Ruhr University Bochum

Prof. Dr. Andreas Faissner

Prof. Dr. Ellen Fritsche

Group of Sphere Models and Risk Assessment

Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine

Ellen Fritsche

Prof. Jay Gopalakrishnan PhD

Institute of Human Genetics

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Prof. Jay Gopalakrishnan PhD

Prof. Dr. Martin Götte

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics

University Hospital Münster

Prof. Dr. Martin Goette

Prof. Dr. Peter Horn

Spokesperson of the Representatives’ Meeting (Biomedicine)

Institute for Transfusion Medicine

University Hospital Essen

Prof. Dr. Peter Horn

Prof. Dr. Christian Kaltschmidt

Faculty of Biology

University of Bielefeld

Prof. Dr. Christian Kaltschmidt

Niels König

Production metrology

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology

Niels König

Prof. Dr. Renate Martinsen

Institute of Political Science

University of Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Dr. Renate Martinsen

Prof. Dr. Dr. Maria Rüger

Department of Neurology

University Hospital of Cologne

Prof. Dr. Dr. Maria Rüger

Prof. Dr. Hans Schöler

Department Cell and Developmental Biology

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science e.V.

Prof. Dr. Hans Schöler

Prof. Dr. Dieter Sturma

Spokesperson of the Representatives’ Meeting (ELSA)

Institute for Science and Ethics

University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Dieter Sturma

Prof. Dr. Edda Tobiasch

Department of Natural Sciences

Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr. Edda Tobiasch

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner

Institute for Cell Biology

RWTH Aachen University Medical School

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wagner

Prof. Dr. Ralf Weberskirch

Fakulty for Chemistry and Chemical Biology

TU Dortmund University

Prof. Dr. Ralf Weberskirch

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Willems

Institute for Political Science

University of Münster

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Willems

Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen

Research Unit Ethics

University of Cologne

Chrisitane Whoopen ©Reiner Zensen

©Reiner Zensen

Prof. Dr. Martin Zenke

Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology

RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Dr. Martin Zenke

Executive Board

The Executive Board conducts the business of the association, including its judicial and extrajudicial representation. It consists of five members. The Board of Representatives elects the Executive Board, which consists of the two spokespersons of the Board of Representatives, one member each from the fields of ethical legal and social aspects (ELSA) and biomedicine, as well as another person from other fields.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüstle

Chairman

Institute of Reconstructive Neurobiology

University Hospital of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Oliver Brüstle

Prof. Dr. Jens Brüning

Assessor

Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, Cologne

Prof. Dr. Jens Brüning

Prof. Dr. Peter Horn

Spokesperson of the Representatives’ Meeting (Biomedicine)

Institute for Transfusion Medicine

University Hospital Essen

Prof. Dr. Peter Horn

Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert

Representative ELSA

Institute for Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine

University of Münster

Prof. Dr. Bettina Schöne-Seifert

Prof. Dr. Dieter Sturma

Spokesperson of the Representatives’ Meeting (ELSA)

Institute for Science and Ethics

University of Bonn

Prof. Dr. Dieter Sturma

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of five members and advises the General Assembly and the other bodies of the association within the scope of their respective responsibilities. It consists of a representative of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and one representative each in the fields of (i) biomedicine, (ii) ELSA, (iii) industrial applications, and (iv) public research funding.

Dr. Andreas Bosio

Representative Industrial Applications

Miltenyi Biotec GmbH

Dr. Andreas Bosio

Em. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ehninger

Representative Biomedicine

TU Dresden

Dr. Bülent Genç

Representative Project Management Agency

Project Management Organisation Jülich

Dr. Bülent Genç

Dr. Beate Müller

Representative of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Dr. Beate Müller

N. N.

Representative ELSA

Advisory Boards

The Advisory Board consists of personalities from public life, who can make contributions due to their own expertise and references to the topic. The members of the Advisory Board are representatives from the fields of science and clinic, politics, regulation and law, religion and belief, patient representatives, and industry.

Office

The office supports the bodies of the association in implementing the stated goals and putting in place the proposed measures. The team consists of the managing director, an advisor for ELSA issues, and a team assistant. 

Office team