Network of German Pluripotent Stem Cell Cores established
End of July 2015, scientists from labs throughout Germany that provide services in the field of PSC research (core facilities) met at Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) to establish a network to promote scientific and technical exchange as well as collaboration. A high degree of standardization and harmonization is required when working with pluripotent stem cells (PSC), especially when the work is directed towards clinical translation. Therefore the major aim of the network is that the "Stem Cell Core Facilities" at the different institutions, will establish common standards for experiments and exchange knowledge and materials. This will include expertise regarding techniques to derive, propagate and differentiate stem cells, engineer genomes, characterize cells, perform quality control and handle data management. The network will establish annual workshops of the core facilities and organize satellite meetings during the annual conference of the German Stem Cell Network (GSCN). The initiative is led by Dr. Micha Drukker (Helmholtz Center Munich), Dr. Harald Stachelscheid (BIH Stem Cell Core, Facility, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin/Berlin-Brandenburg Centrum for Regenerative Therapies) and Dr. Sebastian Diecke (BIH Stem Cell Core Facility, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine) and is supported by the BIH and the GSCN.