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Stem cell research is one of the most promising research areas in biomedicine - it revolutionises

basic research and offers immense opportunities for the development of novel therapeutic concepts


The Austrian Society for Stem Cell Research will accompany and support the rapid progress

in stem cell research in the national context and has set itself the following goals:

Stem cell research is an essential determinant for a sustainable development of

the Austrian knowledge society and the future economic performance of the country.


  • Creating a platform for public relation

  • National and international networking and promotion of young talents

  • Improvement of the funding and research structure

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Austrian Society for Stem Cell Research

c/o Institute of Molecular Biology

Leopold-Franzens-University Innsbruck (LFUI)
Technikerstraße 25
6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Phone: +43 512 50751412
Fax: +43 512 50751499



Frank Edenhofer

Deputy Head of the Institute of Molecular Biology

Head of the Department Genomics, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

University of Innsbruck & CMBI

Research interests: cell programming, neural differentiation and cell therapy

Dirk Strunk

Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP), Vienna

Head of the Department Molecular Mechanisms of Spinal Cord Regeneration

Research interests: regeneration biology

Deputy Secretary: Markus Hengstschläger
Jürgen Knoblich

Interim Director of the Institute for Molecular Biotechnology  (IMBA), Vienna

Head of the Department Brain Development and Disease

Research interests: neural stem cells, brain, organoids, cancer

Deputy Treasurer:
Georg Dechant

Director of the Institute for Experimental and Clinical Cell Therapy

Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität Salzburg

Research interests: mesenchymal and endothelial stem cells/progenitor cells

Head of the Institute of Medical Genetics and Head of Center for Pathobiochemestry and Genetics

Medical University of Vienna

Research interests: cancer, reproductive genetics, metabolism, development of new therapies for human genetics disease

Head of the Institute for Neuroscience

Medical University of Innsbruck

Research interests: developmental biology of the nervous system

Advisory Board

Franziska Michor

Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University USA

Research interests: evolutionary dynamics of cause of cancer, response to therapy and development of resistances

Marius Wernig

Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Stanford University USA

Research interests: cell programming, neural mouse stem cells, alternative treatment strategies of glioblastoma

Konrad Hochedlinger

Department of Molecular Biology

Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard University, USA

Research interests: role of stem cells in development and in development of diseases

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