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The Stem Cell Network.NRW participates in the 9th Day of General Medicine in Düsseldorf - registration open until March 04 [more] (Feb 13, 2019)

More than 500 registrations for the UniStem Day 2019 in NRW [more] (Feb 5, 2019)


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).

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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.



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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Vaswani ARWeykopf BHagemann C, Fried HU, Brüstle OBlaess S (2019) Correct setup of the substantia nigra requires Reelin-mediated fast, laterally-directed migration of dopaminergic neurons. Elife. Jan 28;8. pii: e41623.

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