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New paper published by NRW-junior group leader Dr. Julia Ladewig

A new method could push research into developmental brain disorders an important step forward. This is shown by a recent study at the University of Bonn in which the researchers investigated the development of a rare congenital brain defect. Please find the press release here and a radio report (in German) here.

Paper published by scientists of the University of Bonn

Find the study "Reciprocal Regulation between Bifunctional miR-9/9 and its Transcriptional Modulator Notch in Human Neural Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Differentiation" published by Beate Roese-Koerner et al here.

Award for NRW Junior Group Leader Dr. Julia Ladewig

The German Stem Cell Network has awarded three outstanding stem cell researchers. Dr. Julia Ladewig from Bonn University is one of them. To the Press release.

German Stem Cell Network Statement on  on genetic engineering of the human germline statement

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




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:

Guidelines for the Clinical Translation of Stem Cells

Patient Handbook on Stem Cell Therapies

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.

Press release by the European Court of Justice
Presse release by Eurostemcell



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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.


Ergänzende Informationen

New rules for physicians offering stem cell treatments in Japan

The Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine will establish a certification system for physicians with expertise and skills in regenerative medicine and for medical technicians adept at cell culturing techniques. read more

A Graphic Story of Stem Cells

A story about stem cell therapies from science discovery to working therapy.


New: For Patients

A new section of this website provides material to inform patients and caretakers.

read more.