The new year is a special one for the Stem Cell Network NRW as it will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary. The Stem Cell Network, up to now the only one of its kind in Germany, was inaugurated on the 15th April, 2002, by Gabriele Behler, the then NRW Minister for Education, Science and Research. The aim, which is still the same today, was to bring together the various fields of research on all the stem cell types and also to guarantee that research approaches are pursued in a transparent way and are open to public scrutiny. The continuing support of the NRW Ministry of Science makes this possible.
In 2012 the Network will continue to build on two equally important pillars: a biomedical working group and an ethical-legal-social science working group. The researchers come together at regular workshops and carry on a dialog beyond the limits of their respective disciplines.
The number of research locations has, in the meanwhile, grown from the initial 8 to 13 with members from 35 institutes and clinics. They are joined by members from the faculties of philosophy, law and social sciences and theology in the State of North Rhine Westphalia.