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21.07.2017

TU Dresden Summer University on Diabetes

An afternoon with focus on diabetes. The DZD partner PLID and the CRTD hosted a joint event in the program of the TU Dresden Summer University. More

05.07.2017

5th Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference

For the fifth time, the 'Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference' will attract numerous top international researchers to Munich. The event, which is initiated by the Helmholtz Zentrum München and Nature Medicine, will be held in Lenbach Palais from September 17 - 19, 2017. More

05.07.2017

Fighting the Diabetes Epidemic through Translational Research

Diabetes mellitus has become a major disease worldwide. In Germany alone almost one in ten people suffer from the metabolic disease. At the 2017 Diabetes Congress (May 24-27 in Hamburg), the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented current approaches to counteract this diabetic epidemic through translational research.More

29.06.2017

The New Biennial Report of the German Institute of Human...

The new Biennial Report 2015-2016 of the DZD partner German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE) can now be accessed online or in a printed version. The report provides information on current research projects and other activities of the institute. More

26.06.2017

Dr. Anja Zeigerer: Diabetes – Hitchhiking through the Cell...

Dr. Anja Zeigerer is head of the young investigator group Endocytosis & Metabolism at the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer (IDC) of the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München. Here she explains why the transport through the cell membranes in type 2 diabetes is of central importance – and why she has been fascinated by this topic for years.More

22.06.2017

Family Friendly: the DDZ Receives berufundfamilie Certificate

Nowadays it is not always easy to reconcile work, family and one’s private life. However, employers have a variety of solutions at their disposal to improve work-life balance. There are a lot of adjustments which can be made to ensure individually tailored, family-friendly offerings – from part-time work, parental leave, health-promoting measures such as sports facilities to flexible working...More

29.06.2017

Infections in Early Life Associated with Increased Risk for...

Infections during infancy are associated with increased risk for gluten intolerance (celiac disease) later on. Apparently the risk is particularly high in the case of repeated gastrointestinal infections in the first year of life. This conclusion was drawn by scientists of the Institute for Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD),...More

19.06.2017

Diabetes Information booth at the 15th Long Night of Science,...

As in previous years, the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) participated again with its own information booth at the 15th Long Night of Science in Dresden. On June 16th, more than 2,700 young and old scientifically curious guests visited the Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD) between 6:00 pm and 1:00 am, setting a new visitor record. More

16.06.2017

DZD Expert Speaks about Diabetes Tattoos on Internet Radio...

How well do diabetes tattoos measure blood glucose? Can they actually simplify the daily life of diabetes patients? DZD scientist Professor Andreas Fritsche answered these and other questions on a program of the internet radio broadcaster detektor.fm.More

14.06.2017

DZD Special Edition of "Diabetes Aktuell" with a Focus on...

Current translational research is the main theme of the latest issue of the journal Diabetes aktuell. Für die Hausarztpraxis. Without exception, all the articles in this special theme issue were written by DZD scientists. The publishing house Thieme Verlag and the DZD have now also published this as a special edition.More

12.06.2017

How Insulin in the Brain May Suppress the Subjective Feeling of...

Insulin in the brain may help regulate the hunger sensation and improve functional connectivity in certain cognitive brain regions. This is the finding of a new study by researchers at the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) in Tübingen. More

08.06.2017

Diabetes Epidemiology: Course on Current Research Topics

Renowned professors from German and Danish research institutions will give young scientists insight into how epidemiological research approaches contribute to the development of new prevention and therapy concepts for diabetes. The four-day course is organized by the Danish Diabetes Academy and is aimed at doctoral students with a focus on diabetes epidemiology.More

07.06.2017

TV Program “RBB Praxis” with DZD Scientists: Diabetes – Is a...

Professor Annette Schürmann, Dr. Stefan Kabisch and Dr. Gisela Olias of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke, a DZD partner, were featured in the TV program “RBB Praxis” of Radio Berlin Brandenburg on May 31,2017.More

07.06.2017

Beta cells under fire

Type 2 diabetes causes pathological changes in the beta cells. Scientists have successfully depicted the processes on the basis of the metabolome and proteome for the first time. Their work has been published in "Cell Metabolism".More

06.06.2017

Three teams of DZD scientists successfully ran the 9th REWE Team...

We made it! After these five kilometers, there was no stopping. Arms were pulled up, selfies were taken or simply high fives were given. On June 1st, 2017 three teams of the DZD partner Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) successfully participated in the 9th REWE Team Challenge. More

30.05.2017

No Cure without Research

Each year between 300,000 and 500,000 people in Germany are newly diagnosed with diabetes. In an interview at the Diabetes Congress, Professor Martin Hrabě de Angelis, a member of the board of the German Center for Diabetes Research, spoke about new approaches for early detection of the metabolic disease.More

29.05.2017

DDG Congress President and DZD Speaker on Deutschlandfunk

Under the title “500,000 New Diagnoses - The Diabetes Epidemic”, the German public radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk reported in its medical program “Sprechstunde” on May 23, 2017 about the Diabetes Congress of the German Diabetes Association. The interview partner was Congress President and DZD speaker Professor Annette Schürmann.More

25.05.2017

Diabetes Congress 2017: “Progress for Our Patients”

A DZD study on mice and humans shows that a single high-fat meal can have negative metabolic consequences and promote type 2 diabetes. In Germany around 6.7 million people are affected by diabetes; of these, 95 percent have type 2 diabetes, and the incidence is increasing. This is also apparent in the hospitals: half of all hospitalized patients have impaired glucose metabolism, due either to...More

24.05.2017

Primary School Children Visit the Botanical Garden: “Bananas and...

Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers: The three nightshade plants originally come from Central and South America. Nowadays however, depending on the variety, they can be cultivated and harvested in Germany. The primary school children of the initiative "SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit. "of the German Diabetes Center were astonished and asked many questions during a guided tour through the Botanical...More

23.05.2017

DZD Scientist Discusses Reliability of Dietary Assessment...

Professor Andreas Pfeiffer of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE), a DZD partner, was featured as expert in the program “How Reliable are Dietary Assessment Studies?”, which was broadcast on May 20, May 2017 in the ARD TV series “W wie Wissen”.More

23.05.2017

Awards for Excellent Research: Six Prizes for DZD Scientists

The German Diabetes Association (DDG) will honor several researchers of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) at the DDG Congress in Hamburg on May 24th -27th. The highest distinction of the DDG, the Paul Langerhans Medal, goes to Professor Michael Roden, a board member of the DZD.More

02.05.2017

The DZD at the DDG Diabetes Congress: Diabetes Epidemic: Trend...

Diabetes mellitus has become a major health problem throughout the world. In Germany alone almost one in ten people suffers from the metabolic disease. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) will present current research findings and new approaches to counteract this diabetic epidemic by means of translational research at the DDG Diabetes Congress (May 24th - 27th in Hamburg).More

15.05.2017

Diabetes Congress 2017: Elucidating the Role of Genes, Lifestyle...

At the preliminary press conference for the Diabetes Congress of the German Diabetes Association (DDG) on May 17th in Berlin, translational diabetes research will be a central topic. Professor Annette Schürmann, speaker of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) and head of the Department of Experimental Diabetology at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE), will...More

04.05.2017

Renowned Diabetes Experts and Young Researchers Exchange Ideas

More than 80 young scientists from all over the world informed themselves about the current status of diabetes research at the DZD Diabetes Research School DRS17 and the subsequent Insulin Receptor Meeting IR 2017, which took place from April 19th to April 22nd in Nice. International experts gave an overview of their research. The focus was on the translation of scientific results into clinical...More

03.05.2017

Inspiring Kids to Eat Healthy Food

The children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be Smart. Join In. Be Fit.” of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf earn their “aid” nutrition pilot license.More

02.05.2017

Racing against Diabetes: DDZ Relay Teams Run in the Marathon in...

In sunny but windy weather, two relay teams of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center took part on Sunday, April 30th, in the Metro Group Marathon in Düsseldorf. Altogether, eight runners took off at the starting line along with 12,000 other relay runners. As they passed Düsseldorf landmarks such as the Tonhalle, the TV tower, the harbor, and the Königsallee, the runners were spurred on by...More

02.05.2017

Fatty Acids in the Blood Reflect the Amount of Dietary Fiber...

To estimate dietary fiber intake, researchers have previously depended on study participants’ self-reports of their dietary habits. Now scientists from the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner in the DZD, have found a new way of objectively evaluating and quantifying the individual intake of dietary fiber based on the blood plasma concentrations of certain fatty acids. In the...More

27.04.2017

DZD Scientist on Arte on the topic of fasting

"Is there more to fasting than being hungry?" was the subject of the ARTE program Xenius on April 24th. Professor Stephan Herzig, director of the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer of the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München, answered the questions of journalists.More

26.04.2017

Health Research Tool Pool: a Portal for IT tools and information

Since March 2017, TMF’s Health Research Tool Pool has been bundling IT tools and information to build data infrastructures in medical research. The new portal provides centralized access to IT tools, support, and consulting services which were developed in the TMF, by other academic organizations or by commercial providers.More

24.04.2017

DZD at the March for Science in Munich

About 3,000 people took to the streets in Munich on April 22nd to demonstrate for a free science. The DZD participated with an information stand at the event. More

18.04.2017

Macrophages leave brown adipose tissue cold

Brown adipose tissue is considered a pharmacologically interesting target structure to treat obesity. When the "good" brown fat is activated, the metabolism is boosted, and the "bad" white fat deposits are broken down. Scientists led by Dr. Timo Müller of Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) and a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), have now...More

11.04.2017

Diabetes Self-Help Group in Potsdam Visits DIfE

On April 5, 2017 members of the Potsdam self-help group (insulin pump users, people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes) of the German Diabetic Association LV Brandenburg e.V. visited the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE), a DZD partner, to inform themselves about the latest findings of diabetes research.More

04.04.2017

Hansen Family Award goes to the DZD Scientists Brüning and Tschöp

The award-winners of the Hansen Family Award 2017 have been named: Professor Jens Brüning and Professor Matthias H. Tschöp are this year’s recipients of the award of the Bayer Science & Education Foundation, which is endowed with prize money of EUR 75,000 each. The award recognizes the groundbreaking findings and paradigm-shifting discoveries of the two scientists in the fields of diabetes and...More

31.03.2017

ART Giants Team Motivates Primary School Children to Exercise

The children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the German Diabetes Center experience an introductory training session with players of the ART Giants pro basketball team.More

29.03.2017

idw Award for the Best Press Release

The Science Information Service (Informationsdienst Wissenschaft e. V. (idw)) has recognized the press release “Overweight Affects DNA Methylation” as best press release of 2016.More

28.03.2017

Proteomics: Understanding the influence of genetic variations

How does type 2 diabetes develop? A team of researchers headed by the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich has come closer to finding an answer to this problem. The team examined the functional effects of exemplary genetic variations relevant for type 2 diabetes. Their approach can be applied to many clinical pictures. More

28.03.2017

Localizing Diabetes Risks with Google Maps

Scientists of the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU) plan to localize risk factors for type 2 diabetes via geocoding services. Now they have received a research grant from the Robert Koch Institute.More

27.03.2017

Hockey Training for SMS Primary School Children

The children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center completed a ‘taster’ training session at the Düsseldorf Sports Club 1899.More

17.03.2017

Diabetes Drug May Improve Bone Fat-induced Defects of Fracture...

A new study led by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), shows that gliptins – well known from diabetes treatment – may oppose the detrimental effects of fat cell accumulation in the bone marrow to improve bone healing in older, overweight patients. The research team led by stem cell researchers Thomas H. Ambrosi and Tim J....More

14.03.2017

Statutory Health Insurance: Ten Percent of Expenditures Go to...

There is a widespread discussion among the actors in the German health care system about costs, challenges and the future. Researchers of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center (DDZ) in Düsseldorf have now found that in 2009 and 2010, one of ten euros was spent for the care of people with type 2 diabetes. This corresponds to costs amounting to 16.1 billion euros per year.More

13.03.2017

Only Other People Get Sick

Many people with elevated blood glucose levels or undiagnosed diabetes underestimate their probability of having or developing diabetes. This is the result of a study by DZD scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Diabetes Center, which they carried out together with the Medical Faculty of the University of Duisburg-Essen. The journal ‘PLOS One’ has now published their results.More

09.03.2017

Men with Impaired Glucose Metabolism Should Avoid...

According to a nutrition study led by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research, the so-called internal clock also influences how people with impaired glucose metabolism react to carbohydrate-rich food. For example, in men with prediabetes, abundant consumption of foods containing starch and sugar in the evening had a negative effect on...More

06.03.2017

DGE Congress: Translational Research for a Future without...

In Germany, some six million people suffer from diabetes, and in addition around 270,000 new cases of the disease are reported each year. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) conducts research on the causes, prevention and treatment of this metabolic disorder. From March 15 - 17, the 60th German Congress for Endocrinology will take place in Würzburg. There in numerous symposia, DZD...More

02.03.2017

New Helmholtz Institute for Metabolism Research in Leipzig

Diabetes affects many people in Germany and is one of the greatest health challenges for society due to its secondary health issues. In order to promote the development of new treatments in this area, the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München, together with the Leipzig University, will set up the Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Adiposity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG).More

23.02.2017

T cells in babies give clues to who will develop type 1 diabetes

A new understanding of cellular mechanisms occurring in babies having a high risk of developing type 1 diabetes was introduced by DZD researchers from Munich and Dresden. The study was published in ‘Science Translational Medicine’.More

21.02.2017

Type 1 Diabetes: Number of Participants for Fr1da Insulin...

Fr1da, Fr1dolin, Freder1k – these new screening tests for the early detection of type 1 diabetes in Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Saxony have one thing in common: They aim to identify children with a high disease risk or an asymptomatic early stage of the autoimmune disease. In addition to these screening projects, the Institute of Diabetes Research of the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München offers...More

20.02.2017

Taekwondo Training for SMS Primary School Children

The association Sportwerk Düsseldorf invited children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center to a ‘taster’ training session.More

15.02.2017

Pizza, burgers and the like: A single high-fat meal can damage...

The global proliferation of overweight and obese people and people with type 2 diabetes is often associated with the consumption of saturated fats. Scientists at the German Diabetes Center (Deutsches Diabetes-Zentrum, DDZ) and the Helmholtz Center in Munich (HMGU) have found that even the one-off consumption of a greater amount of palm oil reduces the body’s sensitivity to insulin and causes...More

13.02.2017

Honorary Doctorate of the University of Leipzig for DZD...

The University of Leipzig today awarded Professor Matthias Tschöp an honorary doctorate. Tschöp is director of the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München and director of the research area "New Therapeutic Concepts" at the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD).More

08.02.2017

BMBF funding for diabetes research on pancreas chip

Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will be funding the new "PancChip" consortium for the next three years. This group will be coordinated at the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München, where also some of its work is carried out. The objective is further development of the culture and differentiation of stem cells into functional beta cells on a chip, and consequently the...More

06.02.2017

SMS Initiative Successfully Evaluated

The health initiative of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center (DDZ) “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit.” leads to improved motor skills in the participating primary school children.More

03.02.2017

Involving Patients – Advancing Research Together

How can patients participate in research projects? How can health information be prepared in an understandable way? These questions were discussed by more than 100 participants together with Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia, at the biannual meeting of the Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Diabetes of the German Diabetes Center, a partner in...More

30.01.2017

Gene Variant in Conjunction with High-Fat Diet Linked to...

The endogenous enzyme ACE* plays a major role in blood pressure regulation. As a twin study led by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research, has now shown for the first time, a high-fat diet causes the enzyme levels in the blood to rise within six weeks. Carriers of a specific ACE gene variant also responded with an increase in blood...More

23.01.2017

Beta Cells Made in the Lab

Many people with diabetes must inject insulin several times a day throughout their lives. However, after many years, this treatment may no longer lead to a satisfactory result. Therefore, restoring the body’s own insulin production is a major focus of research in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) in which several DZD partner institutes are collaborating.More

19.01.2017

New Index for the Diagnosis of Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease has become a global epidemic. There is not only a great interest worldwide to understand the causes and consequences of fatty liver disease, but also to diagnose fatty liver disease at an early stage. Under the direction of Professor Norbert Stefan, researchers of the Department of Internal Medicine IV of Tübingen University Hospital and the Institute for...More

12.01.2017

Young DZD Researcher Receives Dr. Eickelberg Foundation Prize

Marcel Blumensatt, a young scientist at the DZD partner institute German Diabetes Center (DDZ), has received the Dr. Eickelberg Foundation Prize 2016. In addition, an interdisciplinary team which explores the significance of a genotype for individual lifestyle preferences in patients with recently diagnosed diabetes was awarded a project grant.More

12.01.2017

Molecular patterns for subclinical inflammation are associated...

C-reactive protein (CRP) is a sensitive marker for subclinical inflammation. In Genome Biology, an international consortium has now reported that epigenetic patterns are associated with CRP and consequently with inflammatory processes. These patterns additionally appear to play a role in cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. DZD scientists were involved in the work conducted within the framework...More

11.01.2017

DZD Scientist Explains Intermittent Fasting on TV

On the NDR TV program “Visite”, Professor Annette Schürmann, DZD speaker and head of the Department of Experimental Diabetology at the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) Potsdam-Rehbrücke, explained how intermittent fasting affects diabetes prevention. More

09.01.2017

Epigenetic Changes Promote Development of Fatty Liver in Mouse...

Mice with a strong tendency to obesity already exhibit epigenetic changes at six weeks of age, inducing the liver to amplify its production of the enzyme DPP4 and release it into the circulation. Over the long term, this favors the development of a fatty liver. Such changes in DNA methylation are also detectable in humans with fatty liver and suggest a similar causal chain. These are the results...More

22.12.2016

Overweight Affects DNA Methylation

The extra pounds you gain during the holidays will not only show up on your hips but will also affect your DNA. This is the result of a large-scale international study coordinated by Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research, which has now been published in ‘Nature’. The study shows that a high BMI leads to epigenetic changes at nearly 200 loci of the genome...More

21.12.2016

Higher weight, higher health care costs

More than half the adult population in Germany is overweight, and the number of people classified as obese has even increased in recent years. But what economic impact will obesity have on society? More

07.12.2016

SMS Initiative Awarded GUT DRAUF Label

The initiative“SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit” of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center raises primary school children’s awareness of the benefits of a balanced diet and more exercise.More

02.12.2017

DZD Actively Engaged in Diabetes Prevention in Occupational...

During the occupational health weeks at Hugo Boss in Baden-Württemberg, the DZD provided information on the prevention of type 2 diabetes at various company sites.More

16.11.2016

DZD and Reutlingen County Health Department Offer Prevention...

Starting in December, the Reutlingen County Health Department is offering diabetes prevention consultations in collaboration with the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD).More

14.11.2016

Numerous Actions in Connection with World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. In order to draw attention to the metabolic disease and its consequences, numerous actions are taking place throughout the world. The German Center for Diabetes Research is involved in various actions in Germany and has already been available in advance for interviews.More

14.11.2016

ZDF “Volle Kanne” on World Diabetes Day with DZD Scientists

In the ZDF program “Volle Kanne” on World Diabetes Day, November 14th, the DZD scientists PD Dr. Andreas Lechner of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and Dr. Stefanie Hauck of Helmholtz Zentrum München reported about current cases from medical practice as well as research on possibilities of detecting prediabetes at an early stage.More

12.11.2016

Bayern2 Radio Channel: “Living with Type 1 Diabetes” with a DZD...

On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, Dr. Peter Achenbach of the Institute for Diabetes Research of the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München was an expert guest on the program "Health Talk" on the Bayern2 radio channel. The topic of the program was "Living with Type 1 Diabetes".More

11.11.2016

Researchers Discover New Regulator in Glucose Metabolism

A key genetic switch in the liver regulates glucose metabolism and insulin action in other organs of the body. Researchers of DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München, in collaboration with colleagues of the Heidelberg University Hospital, Technische Universität München and the Medical Faculty of the University of Leipzig, have now reported these findings in the journal ‘Nature Communications’.More

07.11.2016

Proteins as an early warning system for type 1 diabetes?

Certain proteins in the blood of children can predict incipient type 1 diabetes, even before the first symptoms appear. A team of scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, partners in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), reported these findings in the ‘Diabetologia’ journal.More

04.11.2016

DZD Scientists on 3sat nano: Diabetes Predisposition Can Be...

A predisposition to obesity and diabetes, induced by a faulty diet, can be epigenetically inherited, according to DZD scientists led by Professor Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis and Professor Johannes Beckers of Helmholtz Zentrum München. They demonstrated this on mice in a segment entitled “Inherited Obesity. Faulty Diet Leaves Epigenetic Marks in Sperm and Egg Cells” in the 3sat TV program nano on...More

03.11.2016

DZD Scientist Professor Matthias Tschöp on “Frontal 21”

A segment of the TV program “Frontal 21” on November 1, 2016 focused on the topic "Sugar-Coated Health Risk – The Tricks of the Sugar Industry". Professor Tschöp, director of the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München, answered the questions of journalists.More

02.11.2016

Campaign for World Diabetes Day: Germany Measures!

Two million people in Germany have diabetes without knowing it - and there are almost 1,000 new cases every day. In conjunction with World Diabetes Day on November 14th, the campaign “Germany Measures!” is countering this trend with a targeted education initiative. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is a partner of the campaign.More

02.11.2016

High-Protein Diets Reduce Liver Fat

According to a new nutritional study conducted by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) on individuals with type 2 diabetes, high-protein diets reduced liver fat by up to 48 percent within six weeks. It did not matter whether the diet was mainly based on plant or animal protein. The team of scientists led by Mariya Markova, Olga Pivovarova, Silke Hornemann and Andreas F. H. Pfeiffer of...More

24.10.2016

How Does Friendly Fire Happen in the Pancreas?

In type 1 diabetes, the body attacks its own insulin-producing cells. Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research, and their colleagues at Technical University of Munich have now reported in the journal ‘PNAS’ about a mechanism used by the immune system to prepare for this attack. They were able to inhibit this process through targeted intervention...More

20.10.2016

Videos and Presentations of Patients’ Day Available

The 4th Diabetes Patients’ Day of the Diabetes Information Service of Helmholtz Zentrum München offered information regarding the diagnosis, treatment and the latest research findings on type 1 and type 2 diabetes.More

17.10.2016

Information about Widespread Diseases at the German Unity Day...

Information about the widespread diseases diabetes, cancer and dementia generated much interest among the 450,000 guests who attended the German Unity Day celebration in Dresden (October 1st to 3rd). On the “Science Mile”, they visited the joint stand “University Medicine Dresden”, which contained exhibits of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden...More

17.10.2016

DZD Annual Report 2015 Published

The current annual report of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is available online as download.More

11.10.2016

Mustard Oils from Nasturtium Influence the Cellular Glucose and...

Nasturtium, which is also known as a medicinal plant, contains mustard oil compounds which are noticeable when eaten by their sharp taste. As a joint study by the DZD partner the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) and the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ) suggests, mustard oil from nasturtium has an anti-diabetic effect and activates enzymes of the detoxification...More

11.10.2016

Smart drug clears fat from liver and blood

Scientists of DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universität München have developed a ‘smart’ drug that safely clears the liver of fat and prevents blood vessels from clogging up. Similar to a trojan horse, the drug enters the liver with a trick: It uses the pancreatic hormone glucagon as vehicle to shuttle thyroid hormone T3 the live while keeping it away from other organs,...More

04.10.2016

Mutations in FTO and Dopamine Receptor Genes Increase Risk of...

In the development of obesity and diabetes, signals from the brain play an important role. Here an important neurotransmitter is dopamine. DZD scientists from Tübingen and Munich, together with Swedish and American colleagues, have investigated how mutations in the obesity risk gene FTO and variants of the dopamine D2 receptor gene interact. Their results suggest that people in whom both genes...More

04.10.2016

Renowned Diabetes Experts and Young Researchers Exchange Ideas

At the 4th DZD Diabetes Research School in September more than 80 young scientists from all over the world informed themselves about the current status of diabetes research and presented their own results.More

26.09.2016

DZD Scientists on the Radio

On September 19th  Professor Heiko Lickert, director of the Institute for Diabetes and Regeneration Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, was on air in the radio program "IQ Science and Research" on Bavaria 2. The topic of the broadcast was "Diabetes – A Widespread Disease. The Role of Beta Cells".Link to the broadcast (segment: min 11:15 - 15:50) On September 23rd...More

23.09.2016

Genes Influence How Strongly Coffee Protects Against Diabetes

Results of various population studies suggest that people who drink lots of coffee have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. However, this apparently does not apply to all people in the same way. A European research team has now found evidence that slight differences in a person’s genetic makeup determine whether he or she benefits from drinking coffee or not with regard to diabetes risk. The...More

23.09.2016

Diabetes Is No Sweet Thing!

Telephone Campaign of "Münchner Merkur" on September 16: Diabetes Experts Answer Readers’ Questions More

19.09.2016

A Plant-Based Diet Can Prevent Inflammation

Being overweight or obese is often associated with chronic inflammation, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. A team of scientists led by Krasimira Aleksandrova and Fabian Eichelmann of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a DZD partner, has now analyzed 29 scientific studies that investigated the effects of a plant-based diet on the...More

19.09.2016

Eating Healthy the Easy Way: Salad from the Concrete Mixer

On World Children’s Day on September 20, 2016, the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the German Diabetes Center, a DZD partner, will focus on healthy eating and exercise in a cooking show for children. Around 400 primary school children have been invited to come to the largest lecture hall of the University of Düsseldorf where TV chef and food expert Sebastian Lege will show how to...More

14.09.2016

DiabetesMARKT: Information about the Metabolic Disease

Diabetes now affects one in 11 adults. But how high is the personal risk of developing diabetes? What treatment options are there? Can the disease be prevented? On September 14th, a DiabetesMARKT will be held from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at Odeonsplatz in Munich to provide up-to-date information about the disease.More

13.09.2016

Metformin influences nitrogen and urea metabolism

The most frequently prescribed oral antidiabetic drug metformin significantly affects metabolic pathways. This was reported by scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München together with colleagues from the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) in Düsseldorf. The underlying study was conducted with further scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). These results have now been published...More

09.09.2016

International Diabetes Experts Meet in Munich

In the next few days, Munich will be the focal point of diabetes research. From September 11-20, 2016 a series of events will take place for an expected 20,000 leading researchers and diabetologists. The experts can exchange ideas at the largest diabetes conference of the EASD, the DZD Diabetes Research School and the Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference. Information for interested lay...More

08.09.2016

Diabetes: Risk Factor Air Pollution

Exposure to air pollution at the place of residence increases the risk of developing insulin resistance as a pre-diabetic state of type 2 diabetes. Scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) reported these results in the journal ‘Diabetes’. More

07.09.2016

In the Apple Orchard: A Different Way of Learning

Apfelparadies Wittlaer (Apple Paradise Wittlaer) supports the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit.” of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf in its endeavor to fight childhood obesity and subsequent complications. More

30.08.2016

DZD Scientists on "Food Check with Tim Mälzer"

In the broadcast on August 29th of the TV program "Food Check with Tim Mälzer" the TV chef discussed the issue of how much sugar is good for us. The DZD scientists Prof. Matthias Tschöp, Prof. Hubert Preißl and Prof. Andreas Pfeiffer were among the experts on the program.More

29.08.2016

Diabetes Highlighted in the Research Tent at the “70th...

“How can I tell if I have diabetes? Does coffee protect against cardiovascular disease and diabetes? What is fatty liver?” – These were some of the questions visitors asked in the tent of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research (MIWF) of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the DZD partner the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) in Düsseldorf. The visitors participated in intensive...More

26.08.2016

Freder1k Study – "Early Diagnosis of the Risk for Developing...

The DZD scientists Prof. Dr. Ezio Bonifacio, director of the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden of TU Dresden, and Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, director of the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, presented the Freder1k Study at a press conference in Dresden on August 26, 2016. Parents can have their child tested in conjunction with the regular newborn...More

12.08.2016

Sugar addiction: Discovery of a brain sugar switch

Researchers at the German Center for Diabetes Research at the Helmholtz Zentrum München discovered that our brain actively takes sugar from the blood. Prior to this, researchers around the world had assumed that this was a purely passive process. An international team led by diabetes expert Matthias Tschöp reported in the journal ‘Cell’ that transportation of sugar into the brain is regulated by...More

27.07.2016

Antibody dynamics reveal how fast type 1 diabetes develops in...

Antibody tests can detect the early stages of type I diabetes in affected children, even before the first symptoms of the disease occur. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Paul Langerhans Institute in Dresden, both partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research, have shown that bioinformatics models can be used to obtain better predictions about the progression of the early...More

20.07.2016

Breastfeeding alters maternal metabolism and protects against...

An interdisciplinary team of DZD scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München has studied the metabolism of women with gestational diabetes after giving birth. Along with partners at other DZD institutes and the Technical University of Munich (TMU), they were able to show that breastfeeding for more than three months brings about long-term metabolic changes. The research findings have been...More

18.07.2016

Diabetes Researchers from Around the World Will Gather in Munich

With more than six million people affected by the disease in Germany, diabetes has become a growing health concern. From September 11–20, 2016 numerous events in Munich will be devoted to this topic. The aim is to better inform patients and lay people about diabetes and its prevention and to create a stronger international network for research.More

15.07.2016

Two Honors for DZD Scientist Professor Tschöp

With more than 400 million people affected, diabetes represents a steadily increasing challenge to world health. Through his outstanding work in the field of metabolic research Matthias Tschöp of the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München is contributing to countering this development with new therapies. For this reason, he has been accepted as member in the Academia Europaea and honored with the...More

15.07.2016

Open Postdoc Positions in DZD Partner Institutes

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is inviting young scientists to apply for 10 postdoc positions in translational diabetes research at its partner institutions. More

14.07.2016

Genetics of type 2 diabetes revealed in unprecedented detail

The largest study of its kind into type 2 diabetes has produced the most detailed picture to date of the genetics underlying the condition. Among others, the work was conducted by researchers of the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). The findings, published in Nature, identify several potential targets for new diabetes treatments, but also reveal the...More

13.07.2016

Preventing type 2 diabetes: When genes fail to respond

It is widely accepted that physical exercise lowers the risk of developing diabetes. Yet in one in five participants in related studies this positive effect fails to materialize. Researchers and clinicians involved in a collaborative translational project launched by the German Center for Diabetic Research between the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University Hospital Tübingen have now...More

12.07.2016

New Approach for Regenerative Therapy

The marker Flattop subdivides the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas into those that maintain glucose metabolism and into immature cells that divide more frequently and adapt to metabolic changes. This could provide a starting point for regenerative diabetes therapies, as scientists of DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München, in collaboration with colleagues of other DZD partners and of...More

04.07.2016

DZD Scientists on WDR: Make Something of Your Genes!

The WDR television series "Quarks & Co." will feature the topic of epigenetics on July 5th. A program with the DZD scientists Prof. Johannes Beckers and Prof. Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis of Helmholtz Zentrum München will focus on the inheritance of acquired characteristics.More

01.07.2016

Proteins can be used to predict prediabetes - Patent from the...

A team of DZD researchers has developed a new method of predicting the early stages of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Their findings, published in the journal Diabetologia, show that the presence of certain proteins in blood plasma may hold the vital clue to the development of the disease.More

22.06.2016

Updated DIfE – GERMAN DIABETES RISK TEST Optimized for Mobile...

The German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) has updated the online version of its German Diabetes Risk Score® and has optimized it for mobile devices. The test now takes into account the familial predisposition and is immediately accessible free of charge, both in German and English, at http://drs.dife.de/. The update is based on scientific results that the researchers at DIfE published...More

20.06.2016

Type 1 Diabetes: New Chance for an Old Active Agent

Scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research have shown in an animal model that bezafibrate influences type 1 diabetes positively. The molecule improves the hepatic mitochondrial function and attenuates inflammatory processes in the liver. At the same time, insulin sensitivity and metabolic flexibility are improved.More

15.06.2016

Diabetes Information booth at the 14th Long Night of Science

As in recent years, the DZD partner Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) participated actively with an information booth at the 14. Long Night of Science. More

10.06.2016

Diabetes researchers set a good example

Sports as diabetes prevention is a longtime known fact. Scientists from DZD partner Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) put this into practice and participated in the 8th REWE Team Challenge on June 8th, 2016. The 16 PLID Runner went along with another 15,984 runners to the 5km long route from Dresden Altmarkt to the DDV Stadium. More

10.06.2016

DZD Scientists as Nutrition Experts on TV

German TV broadcasters invited scientists from the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) to be guests on their programs to answer questions about snacks such as potato chips and also about bread as part of the daily diet. More

09.06.2016

Prime Minister of Saxony Stanislaw Tillich visited the Diabetes...

Saxony’s Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich visited the Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD) at the end of May to receive a first-hand update, amongst others, on the progress in diabetes research. More

07.06.2016

DZD-Scientists Present their Research Results at the ADA’s...

DZD-Scientists Present their Research Results at the ADA’s Diabetes CongressThis year the 76th scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will take place in New Orleans on June 10-14.More

02.06.2016

One in Four 80-Year-Olds in Germany Has Type 2 Diabetes

Epidemiologists at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), a partner of the DZD, have analyzed data of 65 million people with statutory health insurance (GKV) from the years 2009 and 2010. The result: 9.9 percent of the insured people were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010. In comparison to the previous year, this represents a slight increase in all age groups. In relation to the total population,...More

02.06.2016

SMS Primary School Children Prepare Turkish Food with...

KochDichTürkisch invited children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center to take part in a cooking class.More

30.05.2016

RIN Diabetes Receives the Certificate “Place of Progress”

The Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Diabetes of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center has been awarded the certificate “Place of Progress NRW 2016” by the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia. At the RIN spring meeting, Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the certificate to Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, scientific...More

30.05.2016

DFG Promotes Research into New Methods of Transplantation – DZD...

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has awarded a follow-up grant worth more than EUR 15 million for a research program on xenotransplantation, which is unique in the world. The grant will fund four more years of research at TU Dresden in collaboration with Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Technische Universität München and Hannover Medical School as well as four other research...More

30.05.2016

Düsseldorf SMS Primary School Children Train at Flinger Broich

Fortuna Düsseldorf offered a soccer training session to children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center.More

23.05.2016

Epigenetic Modification Increases Susceptibility to Obesity and...

Scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) led by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) have shown in a mouse model that the epigenetic* modification of the Igfbp2** gene observed in the young animal precedes a fatty liver in the adult animal later in life. In addition, young animals with this modification exhibit impaired glucose metabolism and are significantly more...More

19.05.2016

Prediabetes: Fatty Liver, Visceral Obesity, impaired Production...

Prediabetes is associated with increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer. However, the disease risk considerably varies among subjects. In "The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology" DZD scientists have now summarized information from the literature and have provided novel data indicating that in the future the determination of the 4 major phenotypes fatty liver, visceral...More

13.05.2016

Professor Roden Receives Honorary Doctorate from the University...

Professor Michael Roden, director and chairman of the board of the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) and member of the board of the DZD, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens. In a festive ceremony, representatives of the medical faculty lauded his work in the field of endocrinology and diabetology. For many years, the German Diabetes Center has maintained a close...More

12.05.2016

SMS Primary School Children Experience Sensory Classroom

The initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf, together with the Präha Weber School, invited the participating children to a special lesson.More

09.05.2016

Metabolism research: How fasting helps fight fatty liver disease

Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München have new information on what happens at the molecular level when we go hungry. Working with the Deutsches Zentrum für Diabetesforschung (German Center for Diabetes Research - DZD) and the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ) they were able to show that upon deprivation of food a certain protein is produced that adjusts the...More

05.05.2016

DZD at DDG: How Bundling Research Endeavors Can Bring About...

Under the motto “Diabetology – Interdisciplinary”, the Diabetes Congress 2016 of the German Diabetes Society (DDG) is currently taking place (May 4-7, 2016) in Berlin. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is presenting its interdisciplinary, translational research in numerous lectures and poster presentations: Is diabetes predetermined in our genes? What role does the lifestyle of the...More

03.05.2016

Infections can increase diabetes risk in children

Viral respiratory infections during the first six months of life are associated with an increased risk for type 1 diabetes. This is the conclusion reached by a team of scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München during a study published in the current issue of the renowned US magazine ‘JAMA’.More

20.04.2016

Who Takes the Most Steps? – Competition to Raise Teen Awareness...

A ‘step-counting competition’ has been launched using digital pedometers to raise teen awareness for getting enough regular physical activity: That is the goal of the initiative at “Z4”, a Düsseldorf youth recreation center. Studies show that the percentage of overweight children and teens has increased by 50 percent compared to the 1980s and 1990s. The Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Diabetes...More

18.04.2016

DAAD Promotes Muscle Research Project at the DDZ

Logo of the DAAD: light blue capital letters DAAD on white

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is promoting the cooperation of researchers between the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), a DZD partner, and the University of Oslo in Norway. During the next two years, professors of the DDZ and the University of Oslo will collaborate in a project on muscle research.More

13.04.2016

DZD Presents Current Diabetes Research and Receives the DGIM...

The 122nd Congress of the German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM) convened from April 9 – 12, 2016 under the theme “Demographic Change Needs Innovation”. DZD scientist Prof. Norbert Stefan was honored with the prevention award for the Tübingen Lifestyle Intervention Program (TULIP). This year for the first time, the German Centers of Health Research (DZG) were represented with a joint stand...More

12.04.2016

Top Athletes Train with Düsseldorf SMS Primary School Students

Sponsors of the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center give the participating children insight into their sport.More

08.04.2016

DZD Scientists on TV and Radio on World Health Day

This year’s World Health Day on April 7th focused on diabetes. Experts of the DZD were featured both at the kick-off event at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) in Düsseldorf and also in radio and TV broadcasts.More

07.04.2016

German Centers of Health Research at Internal Medicine Conference

Major widespread diseases are the focus of the German Centers of Health Research (DZG), which are funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. From April 9 -12, 2016 DZG centers will for the first time participate jointly in the annual meeting of the German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM) in Mannheim.More

06.04.2016

Dietrich Monstadt MP: World Health Day Raises Social Awareness...

Bundestag member Dietrich Monstadt (CDU) praised the thematic focus of this year’s World Health Day in his address at a press conference, saying it was “very welcome and urgently needed”. The kick-off event in Germany for World Health Day will take place at the German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf, a partner in the DZD, on April 7, 2016.More

05.04.2016

Professorship for DZD Scientist Tim Julius Schulz

Dr. Tim Julius Schulz has accepted the joint appointment of the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science at the University of Potsdam and the DZD partner, the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE) to the W2 professorship “Adipocyte Development and Nutrition”. Starting on April 1, 2016 Schulz, who holds a PhD in biochemistry, will be the head of a newly established...More

05.04.2016

DZD Professor Dan Ziegler Receives Honorary Doctorate from the...

Professor Dan Ziegler, deputy director of the Institute for Clinical Diabetology at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), a DZD partner, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Democritus University of Thrace. During the award ceremony, representatives of the Medical School in Alexandroupolis lauded his work in the field of diabetes research.More

24.03.2016

Great Interest in 2nd Middle German Diabetes Day in Dresden

On March 5th, the 2nd Middle German Diabetes Day was hosted by the DZD Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus of TU Dresden in cooperation with the self-help organization German Diabetes Aid – People with Diabetes, Regional Association Middle Germany (DDH-M-LVMD). The aim of the day was to create a forum that would enable...More

15.03.2016

The Next Step in Preventing Diabetes

DZD scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, in collaboration with Technische Universität München, have shown in a preclinical model that specifically modified insulin mimetopes may lead to an immune tolerance. The results, published in ‘Nature Communications’, may be a step to improved prevention of type 1 diabetes.More

14.03.2016

You Are What Your Parents Ate!

DZD scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, in collaboration with researchers from Technical University of Munich, have shown that diet-induced obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically* inherited by the offspring via both the oocytes and the sperm. The results were recently published in the journal ‘Nature Genetics’. More

08.03.2016

Eating Less Meat and White Bread Improves Metabolic Control in...

Dietary factors play an important role in the prevention of diabetes mellitus. While whole grain and fiber-rich foods, coffee, low-fat dairy products and green leafy vegetables protect against diabetes, an unbalanced diet increases the disease risk, as studies show for type 2 diabetes. Moreover, frequent consumption of meat and food products containing meat and white flour leads to poorer...More

08.03.2016

Start for a Healthy Life with the Nutrition Pilot License

On the occasion of Healthy Nutrition Day on March 7, 2016, the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit.” of the German Diabetes Center, a DZD partner, invited Düsseldorf primary school children to an interactive course on nutrition.More

03.03.2016

DZD Experts at 2nd Middle German Diabetes Day

At the 2nd Middle German Diabetes Day (2. Mitteldeutscher Diabetestag) on Saturday, March 5th, scientists of the DZD will hold talks and answer questions by the attendees, who will include both the interested public and people with diabetes. The public event is organized by the DZD partner the Paul Langerhans Institute of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus of...More

29.02.2016

Helmholtz Researchers Identify Genetic Switch Regulating Satiety...

A team of researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München, Technische Universität München and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) has identified a new mechanism that regulates the effect of the satiety hormone leptin. The study published in the journal ‘Nature Communications’ identified the enzyme HDAC5 as key factor in our control of body weight and food intake and potential target against...More

25.02.2016

The German Diabetes Center and Borussia Düsseldorf Team Up to...

On Tuesday, February 23rd, Düsseldorf’s mayor Thomas Geisel officially launched CHECK! 2016, a fitness project for Düsseldorf primary schools. Third graders from the St. Rochus School were present at the launch ceremony, which took place in the German Table Tennis Center. Also present were other partners in the fitness project – the DZD partner German Diabetes Center with the primary school...More

17.02.2016

SMS Primary School Children Bake Olympics Bread

Children participating in the initiative “SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit.” (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) of the German Diabetes Center, a DZD partner, baked wholemeal bread together with artisan bakers in Düsseldorf.More

16.02.2016

Karl Oberdisse Award 2016 for DZD Scientist

Sofiya M. Gancheva, a clinical studies physician at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), a DZD partner, is this year’s recipient of the Karl Oberdisse Award of the North Rhine-Westphalian Society for Endocrinology and Diabetology. In her prizewinning paper she explored the energy metabolism of the liver in patients with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes*.More

15.02.2016

All Sugars Are Not Alike: Isomaltulose Better Than Table Sugar...

Like sucrose (table sugar), the natural disaccharide isomaltulose (PalatinoseTM) consists of glucose and fructose, but it is apparently more suitable for people with type 2 diabetes with regard to regulating blood glucose levels. This has now been confirmed in a new study carried out by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). The...More

03.02.2016

Honorary Doctorate for DZD Board Member

On February 2, 2016, Prof. Dr. Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tübingen.More

02.02.2016

Height Influences Risk of Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, and...

Scientists at the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) and the Harvard School of Public Health describe the relationship of the worldwide increase in height with the development of leading chronic non-communicable diseases in the journal The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology*. Tall people have a lower risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, but a higher risk of cancer. The authors...More

01.02.2016

When Food Alters Gene Function

In a new study on mice reported in Diabetes, scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) led by Andreas Pfeiffer of the German Institute of Human Nutrition(DIfE) showed that the maternal diet influences fat and glucose metabolism of offspring through epigenetic alterations.More

27.01.2016

Diabetes Prevention: Inspiring Children to Be Physically Active

Düsseldorf’s largest sports club, the SFD ’75, supports the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD.More

25.01.2016

DZD Board Member Prof. Roden Appointed to the German Council of...

Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, scientific director and executive board member of the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) and head of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology at Düsseldorf University Hospital as well as board member of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), has been appointed by German President Joachim Gauck to the German Council of Science and the Humanities. Roden, who is...More

13.01.2016

2nd Middle German Diabetes Day in Dresden

On March 5th, the DZD partner Paul Langerhans Institute of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus of TU Dresden (PLID) and the German Diabetes Aid – People with Diabetes, Regional Association Middle Germany (DDH-M-LVMD) will host the 2nd Middle German Diabetes Day.More

12.01.2016

High Jump Champion Trains with SMS Primary School Children

Hendrik Beyer is active in the health initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf at primary schools in Düsseldorf.More

17.12.2015

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

The German Center for Diabetes Research wishes you merry christmas and a happy new year.

03.12.2015

Challenges of the Diabetes Epidemic – Expertise of the DZD is in...

Diabetes is on the rise. On November 25, 2015 high-ranking representatives from the political arena, science and the economy discussed in the German Bundestag how to stop this development. Hermann Gröhe, Federal Minister of Health, Christian Schmidt, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, and scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) took part in the discussion of the CDU/CSU...More

02.12.2015

University Hospitals of the DZD Ranked among the Top Diabetes...

In the “Best Hospitals List 2016” of the news magazine “Focus”, partners, associated partners and project partners of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) are ranked at the top. In the area of diabetes, the DZD study centers in Dresden, Düsseldorf, Tübingen, Berlin, Lübeck, Heidelberg and Bad Mergentheim appear in the top group.More

09.11.2015

The DZD Shows Support for World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day on November 14th, landmark buildings across the globe will be lit up in blue. In Germany the Brandenburg Gate, the Munich Allianz Arena, and the TV tower and the Tonhalle Concert Hall in Düsseldorf will be illuminated blue. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) supports the campaign of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to raise awareness for diabetes. The...More

02.11.2015

DZD Young Scientist Receives Prize for Prevention Research

On November 4, 2015, the Forschungsverbund Berlin will award the Young Female Scientist Award, which is endowed with EUR 3000, to Dr. Kristin Mühlenbruch for her dissertation at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE), a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). Her research has facilitated the further development and increased accuracy of the DIfE –...More

28.10.2015

Primary School Children Experience the Fascination of Rowing

The initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD, seeks to motivate the participating children to eat a balanced diet and to enjoy physical exercise.More

26.10.2015

Gestational Diabetes Affects the Brain Response of the Unborn...

In a newly published study, researchers led by Professor Hubert Preissl and Professor Andreas Fritsche of the German Center for Diabetes Research, Tübingen University Hospital, and the Institute for Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases at Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tübingen have shown for the first time that gestational diabetes slows the fetal brain response after the...More

22.10.2015

Simple test to detect diabetes risk after pregnancy

Gestational diabetes is one of the most common conditions that can occur during pregnancy. Although the symptoms generally disappear after delivery, women suffering from gestational diabetes are at increased risk of developing postpartum diabetes in the following years. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have now developed an accurate method of predicting the probability of developing...More

21.10.2015

The DZD at the DAG Congress: New Approaches to Obesity...

At the 31st annual meeting of the German Obesity Society (DAG) in Berlin on October 15-17, 2015, researchers of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented their latest research results on the prevention and treatment of obesity. Two prizes of the DAG were awarded to DZD scientists.More

13.10.2015

31st Annual Meeting of the DAG: Joining Forces against the...

On October 15-17, 2015 more than 500 experts will meet at the 31st annual meeting of the German Obesity Society (DAG) in the Urania in Berlin in order to exchange information and to present and discuss the latest results of obesity research. This year’s congress president is Prof. Dr. Annette Schürmann of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE). She is project leader in...More

12.10.2015

Media Prize for BR Broadcast with DZD Scientists

This year’s media prize of the foundation RUFZEICHEN GESUNDHEIT! [Call Sign Health] in the category Radio/TV was awarded to the TV program “Diabetes – Our Self-Made Disease” (produced by BR television in the series “Fascination Knowledge”). In a comprehensive documentation, the program shows what it means for the individual to develop diabetes and which approaches scientists are currently working...More

12.10.2015

Official Opening of the New KORA Study Center in the “Glass...

The new Study Center of the Cooperative Health Research in the Region of Augsburg (KORA) was officially opened in a festive ceremony on October 6, 2015, followed by an Open House Day. The study leaders, staff and participants were enthusiastic about the new premises in the “Glass Palace” and mentioned the achievements which have been attained thus far. The German Center for Diabetes Research...More

08.10.2015

Lifestyle Changes May Not Always Reduce Elevated Blood Glucose...

In the “Prediabetes Lifestyle Intervention Study (PLIS)” of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), researchers are currently investigating whether and how intervention programs for lifestyle changes in people with prediabetes can be better adapted to the individual. The aim is to prevent more patients than was previously possible from developing overt diabetes. Throughout Germany, eight...More

05.10.2015

Type 1 diabetes prevention: insulin vaccine undergoes second...

A vaccination against type 1 diabetes will soon also be available to young children: the Pre-POINTearly vaccination study will involve children between the ages of six months and two years from across Germany who have a first-degree relative with type 1 diabetes. In the preceding Pre-POINT study a positive immune response was triggered in children aged between two and seven years with the aid of...More

08.10.2015

Crosslinked cellular power plants for a slim look

Neuherberg, 30.09.2015. Our body consistently adjusts its energy management to changes in the supply of nutrients or physical activity. Malfunctioning in this process plays an essential role in the genesis of metabolic disorders like adiposity and diabetes. Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München now report in the journal Cell Metabolism that in this process the protein calcineurin assumes a...More

29.09.2015

3rd Diabetes “Branchentreff” Meeting – Challenges of the...

Despite all achievements and progress in the treatment of diabetes, our health system faces major challenges in view of demographic trends. Sustainable approaches are needed for health promotion and disease prevention. At the third diabetes “Branchentreff” meeting on September 28, 2015 in Berlin, representatives from research, organizations and the political arena presented the current state of...More

28.09.2015

3rd Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference a great success

The 3rd Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference, held at Lenbach Palais in Munich from September 19 to 21, 2015, followed on seamlessly from the success of the first two events in the series. Top international researchers and up-and-coming scientists took advantage of the three-day conference for an intense exchange of ideas on the latest scientific findings in the field of diabetes...More

25.09.2015

FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award – Nominations until October...

The DZD draws attention to the FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award. Nominations for outstanding women scientists from the field of Life Sciences can be submitted until October 15, 2015.More

22.09.2015

Friedmund Neumann Prize 2015 Goes to DZD Scientist

In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the study of molecular genetic mechanisms of endocrine and metabolic diseases the Schering Foundation has awarded the Friedmund Neumann Prize 2015 to the DZD scientist Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut of the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity of Helmholtz Zentrum München. The award ceremony will take place in the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of...More

18.09.2015

Testen und analysieren: Spektrometrie-Workshop für...

Chemiker, Molekularbiologen und Mediziner haben sich am Deutschen Diabetes-Zentrum (DDZ) über die neuesten Verfahren im Bereich der Bioanalytik informiert. Beim einwöchigen Rainbow-Workshop in Düsseldorf ging es den Wissenschaftlern vor allem um die Analyse von Proben mit Hilfe massenspektrometrischer Methoden (Proteomik, Lipidomik, Metabolomik). Ein besonderes Highlight der Fortbildung ist neben...More

17.09.2015

Outstanding Awards for DZD Researchers at the EASD Third DZD...

Scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) are well represented in the presentation and poster program of the 51st Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), which is currently taking place in Stockholm, and will be honored with three major awards. As in previous years, the DZD Diabetes Research School in advance of the congress was met with...More

16.09.2015

Four Genes Influence the Ability of Insulin-Producing Cells to...

Within the framework of a cooperative project funded by the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), a team of scientists led by Annette Schürmann of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DifE) has identified four genes that in obese mice influence the ability of the insulin-producing cells to divide, depending on the carbohydrate intake.More

11.09.2015

220,000 Cells and Surgery Give Leonie Back Her Joy in Life

In August 2014 an interdisciplinary team of experts at Dresden University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus implanted approximately 220,000 endogenous islet cells into a then 10-year-old girl. Now extensive tests have confirmed that this method, which in Germany is only established in Dresden, can also be successfully performed in children. The cells infused into the liver in a two-phase procedure help...More

10.09.2015

FutureNight "Rethinking Health": Citizens’ Dialogue with Federal...

At the FutureNight event of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on September 8, 2015, around 200 guests discussed the question "Rethinking Health – Well-Being through High-Tech Medicine and Self-Optimization?".More

09.09.2015

Genetic Factors Drive Roles of Gut Bacteria in Diabetes and...

A study of scientists at DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München and Joslin Diabetes Center examines how bacterial and mammalian genomics interact to boost insulin resistance and other metabolic disorders. The results were published in the journal Cell Metabolism.More

08.09.2015

SMS Primary School Children Experience Variety of Apples Up Close

The children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." led by DZD Professor Karsten Müssig had the opportunity to learn about the benefits of the apple for a balanced diet at Apfelparadies Wittlaer (Apple Paradise Wittlaer). More

21.08.2015

Multinational analysis shows diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) rates...

In the largest multinational analysis of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in pediatric type 1 diabetes patients DZD scientists found in cooperation with T1D Exchange researchers consistently high rates and common risk factors for DKA across five countries, confirming that DKA – a largely preventable condition – remains a serious threat for type 1 diabetes patients. The analysis also highlights the...More

19.08.2015

DZD Annual Report 2014 Published

The Annual Report 2014 of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) has been published.More

19.08.2015

New Diabetes Type Shown to Be Reversible after Partial...

Findings of a current study have for the first time specified in more detail which patients with pancreatic tumors that develop hyperglycemia and diabetes have improved blood glucose homeostasis after a partial pancreatic resection. The results may help physicians to more accurately assess the metabolic consequences following this surgery. The study was conducted by researchers led by Dr. Florian...More

07.08.2015

Diabetes drug modulates cholesterol levels

Besides affecting the blood sugar levels, the substance Metformin, also has an impact on blood fat levels. This was elucidated by an interdisciplinary team of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) headed by Dr. Rui Wang-Sattler of the Helmholtz Zentrum München. Especially the harmful LDL cholesterol can be reduced. The results have recently been published in the journal ‘Diabetes Care’.More

31.07.2015

Major European mouse study reveals the role of genes in disease

Neuherberg, 31. Juli 2015. The role of over 300 genes has been revealed by DZD scientists in cooperation with colleagues across Europe in a major initiative to understand the part they play in disease and biology. The results have now been published in the journal ‘Nature Genetics’.More

30.07.2015

Stress and Type 2 Diabetes: Latest Research Results Presented

At the 2015 annual meeting of the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM) in Nuremberg in July, the symposium “New Insights into Stress Regulation and Stress Related Risk Factors for Incident Type 2” took place under the direction of Professor Kruse (Giessen) and Professor Ladwig (Munich).More

14.07.2015

Diabetes expert John Todd receives Helmholtz International...

John Andrew Todd, Professor of Medical Genetics and Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, is one of five scientists selected to receive the 2015 Helmholtz International Fellow Award. The award, which is endowed with 20,000 euros, includes an invitation to undertake flexible research stints at one or more Helmholtz centers. The...More

30.06.2015

Ghana: People with High Blood Pressure and T-2-D Have Elevated...

Ghanaians who suffer from high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes have comparatively higher levels of the vitamin A marker retinol in their blood than healthy individuals. This was the result of a study of an international research team led by Ina Danquah of the DZD partner German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) and Florian J. Schweigert of the University of Potsdam .More

30.06.2015

DZD Professor Wins German Liver Foundation Award

The German Liver Foundation has awarded Professor Stephan Herzig, director of the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer at the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München, the German Liver Foundation Award 2015.More

25.06.2015

"SMS Primary School Children" Learn via Sports to Show Mutual...

The children participating in the initiative “SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit.“ (Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) were invited to take part in a training session of Judo Club 71 Düsseldorf, where they also learned about the philosophy of the sport.More

24.06.2015

3rd Diabetes Patients’ Day – Expert First-Hand Information

As in previous years, the 3rd Diabetes Patients’ Day on June 20, 2015 attracted great interest. This time, the event was organized by the Diabetes Information Service Munich and took place in Nuremberg. Around 100 people with diabetes and other interested people informed themselves about current topics of diagnosis, treatment and research. High-level speakers from the German Center for Diabetes...More

23.06.2015

The Future of Medicine Is Personalized

Personalized approaches in prevention and therapy are becoming an increasingly important focus in medicine. How can patients receive better treatment, taking into consideration their genetics and their individual metabolism? To achieve this, personalized concepts based on comprehensive scientific studies are required. Within the framework of the 4th International Congress on Personalized Medicine...More

22.06.2015

DZD in Diabetes TV

The current program of “Das Diabetes TV” contains a live broadcast with a report from the largest national diabetes congress with representatives of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). An additional report is devoted to the 50th anniversary of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf (DDZ).More

22.06.2015

Primary Schoolchildren Participating in the Diabetes Initiative...

The primary schoolchildren participating in the initiative “SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit.” (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) baked bread together with artisan bakers in Cologne and learned about the importance of wholemeal bread as part of a balanced diet.More

16.06.2015

Current Annual Report of the DZD Partner DIfE Now Online

The new Annual Report for 2013-2014 of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE) is now online. The report provides information on current research projects and other activities of the Institute. From the beginning of July 2015 it is also possible to order print copies.More

15.06.2015

"SMS Children" Train with Fortuna Düsseldorf

Children participating in the initiative “SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit.” (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) took part in a training session at the Youth Academy Center of Fortuna Düsseldorf at Flinger Broich. More

15.06.2015

DZD Scientist Receives Friedmund Neumann Prize 2015

Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut of Helmholtz Zentrum München, German Research Center for Environmental Health, is this year’s recipient of the Friedmund Neumann-Prize. She was awarded the prize in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the study of molecular genetic mechanisms of endocrine and metabolic diseases.More

02.06.2015

Blood Analyses Suggest That High Red Meat Consumption Increases...

As numerous observational studies have shown, people who eat a lot of red meat have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The causes for this risk association, however, are not yet clear. An interdisciplinary DZD research team led by Matthias Schulze has now identified biomarkers in the blood of study participants which give first indications of potential metabolic mechanisms underlying the risk...More

01.06.2015

DZD Scientists at the Largest American Diabetes Congress

On June 5-9, 2015, the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will take place in Boston. More than 14,000 diabetes experts from all over the world are expected at the Convention and Exhibition Center.More

29.05.2015

Professor Gallwitz of the University of Tübingen is the New...

The new president of the German Diabetes Society (DDG) is Professor Baptist Gallwitz, MD, deputy director of Medical Clinic IV of the University of Tübingen, a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). His term of office runs until 2017.More

26.05.2015

Important Diabetes Research Prize Goes to DZD Scientist in...

For his research on the role of adipose tissue in the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases such as type 2 diabetes Professor Matthias Blüher has been awarded this year’s Minkowski Prize of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). It is considered the most important European diabetes research award for young scientists and is endowed with 20,000 euros. Since 1966 only five German...More

07.02.2015

The DZD at the Danish-Bavarian Parliamentary Dialogue

On May 20, 2015, on the occasion of the visit of the Danish Crown Prince Couple, a Danish-Bavarian dialogue on politically sustainable diabetes strategies took place in the Bavarian Parliament under the aegis of Parliament President Barbara Stamm. DZD board member Professor Martin Hrabě de Angelis and DZD scientist Professor Anette-G. Ziegler were also invited.More

20.05.2015

Excessive Fat Burning Induces “Stress” in the Liver and Can...

Scientists from Düsseldorf have shown that excessive fat burning causes a stress response in the liver, which explains the connection between obesity, insulin resistance and fatty liver disease. These findings provide new approaches for the prevention and treatment of fatty liver disease.More

19.05.2015

Innovative, Individual and Sustainable: The DZD at the Diabetes...

The DZD presented its translational research in Berlin: Which new forms of diabetes prevention and treatment will benefit patients in the future? What role do individual, personalized approaches play? These questions were the central theme of the Diabetes Congress of the German Diabetes Association (DDG), which took place from May 13th to 16th in Berlin. The newest scientific developments were...More

12.05.2015

DZD-News 1/2015 published

The newest print newsletter of the DZD, DZD-News 1/2015, is also available online.More

30.04.2015

New Unit for DZD Diabetes Clinical Trials at Heidelberg...

A new unit for diabetes clinical trials at Heidelberg University Hospital shall help to elucidate the pathogenesis and course of diabetes mellitus and its complications. Within the framework of long-term trials, physicians shall examine patients who have various stages of the disease (pre-diabetes, newly diagnosed diabetes, long standing diabetes) with regard to possible long-term damage such as...More

29.04.2015

Helmholtz Zentrum München Lays Cornerstone for Diabetes Research...

On April 28, 2015, Bernd Sibler, State Secretary of the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Research, and the Arts, together with representatives of Helmholtz Zentrum München, laid the cornerstone for the Helmholtz Diabetes Campus. The planned building complex shall accommodate all diabetes activities conducted at the Center according to international standards.More

29.04.2015

DZD Partner German Institute of Human Nutrition Expands Research...

The German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam Rehbruecke (DIfE) , a member of the DZD, is expanding its spectrum of research on aging to include a new young investigators’ group “The Role of Nutrition in Healthy Aging”, which will start work on May 1, 2015. André Kleinridders, formerly of the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research in Cologne, will lead the new group. Kleinridders, who...More

23.04.2015

Type 1 Diabetes: First hurdle taken on the way to an insulin...

Scientists from the DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, TU Dresden and the Institute of Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München, together with researchers from Vienna, Bristol and Denver (USA) have successfully completed the first step in development of an insulin vaccine to prevent type 1 diabetes: As reported by these diabetes researchers in the current edition of the renowned...More

23.04.2015

Prof. Hrabě de Angelis Elected President of the International...

DZD Board Member Prof. Dr. Martin Hrabě de Angelis has been elected president of the renowned International Mammalian Genome Society (IMGS). The IMGS is a global research organization which supports and coordinates genetic and genomic studies to better elucidate our organism.More

21.04.2015

Düsseldorf Giants Support Initiative for Diabetes Prevention

The children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit.” led by DZD scientist Prof. Karsten Müssig took part in a basketball training session with the Düsseldorf Giants. The aim was to motivate the children to exercise more.More

20.04.2015

Q & A Session with DZD Expert Professor Fritsche on April 21,...

Patients and other interested individuals can call in questions on the topic of “Daily Life with Diabetes” in a live radio broadcast of a medical question-and-answer session on April 21, 2015 from 10:10 am to 11:30 am.More

16.04.2015

Announcement: 3rd Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference

We are pleased to announce the 3rd Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference. This meeting will be held on September 19-21, 2015, at the Lenbach Palais, in Munich, Germany.After last years’ great success the recurring conference series initiated by Helmholtz Zentrum München and Nature Medicine has already proven to be a high-impact conference in the field of diabetes. Again, the German...More

15.04.2015

3rd Diabetes Patients’ Day in Nuremberg

The Diabetesinformationsdienst München (Diabetes Information Service Munich) of Helmholtz Zentrum München will host its 3rd Diabetes Patients’ Day at Nuremberg Hospital on Saturday, June 20th. The event shall provide information and promote dialogue and person-to-person exchange between patients, family members and self-help groups with physicians and scientists.More

15.04.2015

50 Years of Diabetes Research at the German Diabetes Center

On April 14, 2015 the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf (DDZ), a partner in the DZD, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Hermann Gröhe, Federal Minister of Health, and Dr. Thomas Grünewald, State Secretary at the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Research of North Rhine-Westphalia congratulated the DDZ in person and emphasized the high scientific quality and strong links between basic research...More

14.04.2015

DZD Experts at the 14th International IDS Congress

At the 14th International Congress of the Immunology of Diabetes Society (IDS) in Munich from April 12 to 16, 2015, scientists from around the world presented their current research results on type 1 diabetes and discussed their latest findings. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) was also well represented. Congress President Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, director of the Institute for...More

02.04.2015

Intermittent Fasting Optimizes Energy Metabolism and Protects...

According to a study by a research team led by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), intermittent fasting reduces the amount of harmful liver lipids conducive to insulin resistance* and protects obese mice against diabetes. In addition, it improves the muscle energy metabolism in the animals. The study results provide new insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying the beneficial...More

01.04.2015

Diabetes: Exposure to Ultrafine Particles Influences Cardiac...

The adverse health effects caused by fine particles have been known for some time. In addition, ultrafine particles appear to play a significant role in cardiac function – even if an individual is exposed to these for only a few minutes, as scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München have now been able to show. The results of the study have been published in the journal "Particle & Fibre Toxicology".More

30.03.2015

Exercise against Diabetes: Table Tennis with Paralympics Champion

The children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit.”, developed by the DZD scientist Professor Karsten Müssig, trained in the German Sports and Olympics Museum with the table tennis paralympics champion Holger Nikelis. The purpose of the training session and the visit to the museum was to motivate the schoolchildren to take up sports.More

25.03.2015

12th German Pancreatic Islet Cell Workshop

On March 16-18, 2015 more than 100 novice and established islet cell researchers gathered together in Bremen to present and discuss the latest research results in the field of islet cells. The event, which was also supported by the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), featured three high-profile keynote lectures by Professor Dotta, Professor Renstrøm and Professor Allayee as well as a...More

24.03.2015

Stomach to brain - brain to stomach: new drugs against diabetes

DZD scientist Prof. Matthias Tschöp as a guest at BR alpha Campus Talks about new ways of curing diabetes.More

18.03.2015

Air Pollution Accelerates Development of Type 1 Diabetes

High pollution levels of particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide lead to an earlier manifestation of type 1 diabetes in small children. This is suggested by analyses of 671 type 1 diabetes patients, which were recorded between April 2009 and May 2013 in the Bavarian diabetes registry DiMelli (Diabetes Incidence Cohort Registry). Scientists of the Institute for Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum...More

17.03.2015

Publication in Nature Medicine: Cough Syrup Helps Diabetics

Dextromethorphan, an active ingredient in many nonprescription cough-suppressant drugs, improves blood glucose levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. This finding was made by researchers of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the University of Düsseldorf (HHU) and the University Hospital Düsseldorf (UKD) in collaboration with the Profil Institut für Stoffwechselforschung GmbH...More

16.03.2015

Factors for successful translational research

Prof. Günther Wess, Scientific Director of Helmholtz Zentrum München (a research partner of the DZD) discusses obstacles and success factors of translational research together with Prof. Ernst Th. Rietschel, Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), Prof. Leena Bruckner-Tuderman, German Research Foundation (DFG) and Dr. Georg Schütte, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the journal...More

16.03.2015

How Changes in Body Weight Affect the Human Metabolism

The proportion of overweight people is steadily rising in Germany, leading to an increase in the number of patients later diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases, dyslipidemia or diabetes. In a just-published study in the journal BMC Medicine, DZD scientists report on the long-term effects of changes in body weight on the metabolism.More

04.03.2015

DZD Experts Present Clinical Studies

Preventive measures are an important element in combating diabetes. But which measures lead to success? At the DZD site in Tübingen, more than one thousand participants have been enrolled and undergone medical examinations in intervention studies on diabetes prevention and treatment in recent years. Tübingen University Hospital and the Institute for Diabetes Reseach and Metabolic Diseases of...More

02.03.2015

Diabetes Project “SMS” for Children Honored at the didacta

The Düsseldorf initiative “SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit.” (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) of the DZD scientist Professor Karsten Müssig was recognized for its outstanding commitment in the field of health education. The aim of SMS is to enthuse children about healthy eating and more physical activity. Through the award, SMS becomes part of the project “IN FORM, Germany’s initiative...More

25.02.2015

Largest ever genome-wide study strengthens genetic link to...

There are many reasons why people gain different amounts of weight and why fat becomes stored in different parts of their bodies. Now researchers, partly of the DZD, conducted the largest study of genetic variation to date to home in on genetic reasons. Their findings were published today in companion papers – genome-wide association studies – in the journal "Nature".More

24.02.2015

Abatacept Prevention Study: Can Diabetes Be Stopped Already at a...

The Abatacept study is pursuing a promising new approach for the prevention of type 1 diabetes. The drug Abatacept shows promise in suppressing the activity of dysregulated immune cells, thus preserving insulin production over a longer period or possibly even permanently. The prevention study of the Institute for Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München, and the research group “Diabetes” of...More

24.02.2015

Healthy Food: Baking with Artisan Bakers

Düsseldorf elementary school children participating in the initiative “SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit.” (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) of DZD scientist Prof. Karsten Müssig baked together with artisan bakers and Ursula Hofer, a former Princess Venetia in the Düsseldorf Carnival.More

16.02.2015

DZD Scientist Awarded Research Prize 2015 of the Heinz...

For his many years of research on the pathophysiology, diagnostics, and clinical treatment of diabetic neuropathies Prof. Dr. med. Dan Ziegler, deputy director of the Institute for Clinical Diabetology at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) and partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) has been awarded the research prize 2015 of the Dr. Udt. / Dr. med. h.c. Heinz Bürger-Büsing...More

13.02.2015

Triple Anniversary: International Diabetes Congress in...

From February 5-7, 2015, diabetes researchers and clinicians met for an interdisciplinary exchange in Düsseldorf. There, the 20th Annual Meeting of the North Rhine-Westphalian Society of Endocrinology and Diabetology was held jointly with the 30th Danube Symposium and the 10th Congress of the Central European Diabetes Association.More

05.02.2015

Scientists “Up Close” at the Parliamentary Evening in Berlin

On February 2, 2015 a Parliamentary Evening took place in Berlin for all German Centres for Health Research (DZG). State secretary Thomas Rachel gave an overview of the progress of these research collaborations in the fight against six major diseases. The DZD, for example, has developed a novel drug candidate for the treatment of type 2 diabetes*.More

04.02.2015

Taking Off for a Healthy Life with the Nutrition Pilot License

Children participating in the Düsseldorf initiative “SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit.” (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) earn their “nutrition pilot license” under the guidance of dietary assistants from the Educational Center of the Kaiserswerther Diakonie. The SMS initiative is headed by the DZD scientist Professor Karsten MüssigMore

02.02.2015

InnoLife-consortium winning bid of Healthy Living and Active...

InnoLife has been selected by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) as the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) for EIT Health. With a total volume of EUR 2.1 billion it is one of the largest public funded initiatives for health worldwide. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) will be involved as associate partner in the consortia.More

15.01.2015

Successful Start of the German-French Cooperation of the DZD

One country by itself cannot solve the challenges of the increasing incidence of diabetes throughout the world. This was the consensus of the participants of the first German-French Conference on Diabetes Research, which was held in December 2014 in the French Embassy in Berlin. Renowned scientists from both countries exchanged views at the kick-off event of the German-French Diabetes Academy of...More

14.01.2015

Anette-Gabriele Ziegler Receives Brownlee Visiting Professor...

Professor Anette-Gabriele Ziegler has been awarded the 8th Annual Dr. Michael Brownlee Visiting Professor Lectureship in Diabetes Research of the Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School in recognition of her research achievements in the development and prevention of diabetes.More

13.01.2015

High Demand for Diabetes Counseling

Every day, nearly 1,000 people are diagnosed with diabetes; in Germany more than six million people have the disease. Most have type 2 diabetes, the non-autoimmune form of the disease. On average, type 2 diabetes is diagnosed eight to ten years too late, and this is problematic for the patients. But just how can the disease be detected? Is the administration of insulin always necessary? What...More

07.01.2015

Type 1 Diabetes: Fr1da Early Detection Screening Study Launched...

January 1st marked the launch of the Fr1da study, a screening project in Bavaria for the early detection of type 1 diabetes in children. The aim is to achieve early diagnosis and to provide the best possible treatment for the affected children. Following a successful test phase last autumn, the new year began with the full-fledged Fr1da study in which already more than 200 pediatric practices are...More

05.01.2015

Symposium Focuses on Diabetes and the Heart

The heart and type 1 diabetes were the main topics in 2014 in the advanced training symposium for physicians organized by the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, in the Klinikum rechts der Isar. The event was well attended with nearly 100 attendees.More

16.12.2014

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

The German Center for Diabetes Research wishes you merry christmas and a happy new year.

16.12.2014

Cooking Is Child’s Play

Under this motto, students participating in the initiative SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit." (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) prepared a balanced meal in the Hotel Courtyard by Marriott Seestern.More

10.12.2014

Fatty Liver, Fatty Acids, Fetuin-A: Parameters for Improved...

Researchers at Tübingen University Hospital showed last year that the concomitant presence of elevated fetuin-A and fatty acid levels increased the risk for the development of insulin resistance. The decreased insulin action in the body is seen as a very important common cause of widespread diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases or certain types of cancer. Recent studies...More

09.12.2014

Rule of three: Hormone Triplet offers Hope for Obesity and...

A new substance that unifies the action profiles of three gastrointestinal hormones lowers the blood sugar level and reduces body fat considerably beyond existing drugs. With the discovery and validation of such novel molecules, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU), a partner in the DZD, and the Technische Universität München (TUM), in collaboration with Indiana University, USA,...More

08.12.2014

First German-French Conference on Diabetes Research

On December 11-12, 2014 the first German-French Conference on diabetes research will be held at the French Embassy in Berlin. It is also the kick-off event for the German-French Diabetes Academy of the German Center for Diabetes Research and INSERM/AVIESAN. Journalists and other interested parties are warmly invited to attend this scientific meeting.More

05.12.2014

Rapeseed/Canola Oil Improves Cholesterol and Liver Enzyme Levels...

As a pilot study of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) has now shown, daily dietary intake of 50 g of rapeseed/canola oil – in contrast to olive oil – over a period of four weeks improves cholesterol levels and liver enzyme levels in obese men. Furthermore, the study of the team led by the DZD physician Michael Kruse and by Andreas F. H. Pfeiffer of the DIfE revealed that while the...More

02.12.2014

ERC Starting Grant Awarded to Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut

Dr. Nina Henriette Uhlenhaut, head of the Young Investigator Group Molecular Endocrinology at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, has been awarded a grant endowed with nearly 1.5 million euros from funds of the European Research Council (ERC). With her ERC Starting Grant, Dr. Uhlenhaut intends to study the glucocorticoid receptor – a powerful drug target in inflammatory diseases.More

01.12.2014

Genetic Defect Causes Diabetes and Neurodegeneration

The metabolic disorder diabetes mellitus and degenerative diseases of the nervous system may have one and the same cause. This discovery was made by Tübingen neuroscientists together with colleagues of the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München within the scope of a genetic research project. In two families, they identified a genetic defect which leads to a lack of an important protein that is...More

01.12.2014

Type 2 Diabetes: Unspecific Symptom Pattern Reveals Elevated Risk

Individuals who suffer from a variety of unspecific somatic symptoms have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The symptom complex is thus an independent risk factor and not associated with classic diabetes risk factors, as scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, report in the journal ‘BMC Endocrine Disorders’.More

26.11.2014

Interactive DZD Stand at the World Diabetes Day 2014 in Leipzig

On November 23, 2014 the central public event for World Diabetes Day with nearly 4,000 participants was held in the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL). The interactive stand of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) offered visitors a varied program. In their presentations, the DZD experts Prof. Peter Schwarz, Technische Universität Dresden, Prof. Hans Hauner, Technische Universität München,...More

24.11.2014

High Need for Counseling about Diabetes in the Population

Positive Response to the Nationwide Diabetes Telephone Campaign More

20.11.2014

DAG Medal for the Former Director of the German Institute of...

On Friday, November 21, 2014, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Georg Joost will be awarded the DAG Medal at the 30th Annual Meeting of the German Society for the Study of Obesity (DAG). The physician and pharmacologist will receive the medal for his outstanding life achievement as a scientist. From 2002 until his retirement in May 2014, Joost headed the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke...More

18.11.2014

DZD Scientist Receives Research Prize of the Dr. Günther and...

Dr. Henrike Sell of the German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD, is this year’s prize recipient of the Dr. Günther and Imme Wille Foundation. The prize endowed with 10 000 euros is awarded by the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf to young scientists for outstanding research in the field of translational medicine and related life sciences.More

13.11.2014

Blue Landmark Buildings and Expert Tips for World Diabetes Day

On World Diabetes Day, which takes place every year on November 14th, iconic buildings throughout the world are illuminated with blue light. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is also participating in the campaign “Diabetes: protect our future” of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The DZD not only conducts scientific research, it also informs the general public about...More

12.11.2014

Type 1 diabetes: Early detection – Good treatment in early stages

The Helmholtz Zentrum München – in conjunction with the Bavarian State Ministry of Public Health and Care Services and other cooperation partners – has today given the green light for type 1 diabetes screening across Bavaria. The Fr1da study will enable all children between two and five years of age to undergo free tests for the early detection of type 1 diabetes. The aim is to achieve early...More

12.11.2014

Kids of the SMS Initiative Visit the Medi-Circus and Try Out...

The Düsseldorf primary school children participating in the initiative "SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit." (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) of the DZD scientist Professor Karsten Müssig had a lot of new activities to explore in November. First they visited the Medi-Circus created by Professor Dietrich Grönemeyer and learned what’s important for a healthy lifestyle. Then on two Fridays...More

11.11.2014

Today: Diabetes experts are answering your questions!

Physicians and scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) and the Competence Network Diabetes Mellitus are hosting a Germany-wide Q & A session tonight.More

10.11.2014

Researchers Identify Novel Adipokine Linked to Chronic...

An international team of scientists led by Andreas F. H. Pfeiffer and Natalia Rudovich of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner in the DZD, has identified a novel adipokine secreted by fat cells into the blood, which may promote insulin resistance* and chronic inflammation in obese individuals, and thus may lead to diabetes and vascular diseases. The new findings may...More

24.10.2014

DZD Researchers Decipher Mechanism of Diabetes Development

Scientists at the German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD, have elucidated a previously unknown mechanism in the pathogenesis of the metabolic disease diabetes. The findings enable researchers for the first time to identify risk patients and to support them with a personalized therapy.More

23.10.2014

Ensuring That Patients Benefit from Research

At the World Health Summit Experts Discuss How Research Results Can Reach the Patient SoonerMore

17.10.2014

DZD researcher receives 2014 Gill Distinguished Scientist Award

The Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science is honoring Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, with this year's Linda and Jack Gill Distinguished Scientist Award. In doing so, the Gill Center at Indiana University Bloomington is paying tribute to Tschöp's scientific achievements in the identification of the network between the brain and...More

15.10.2014

World Health Summit: DZGs holding Panel Discussion about...

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) together with the other five German Centers for Health Research (DZG) and the Federal Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF) will be part of a panel discussion at next week’s World Health Summit in Berlin: “What is translation in medicine and how to promote it? Different models in different countries”. The DZG speakers will be joined by experts...More

06.10.2014

DZD Annual Report 2013

The Annual Report 2013 of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) has been published.More

02.10.2014

2nd DZD Diabetes Research School: Ambition Meets Experience

Around 90 young scientists, PhD students and postdocs from around the world met in mid-September in Klosterneuburg near Vienna with seven distinguished diabetes researchers for an inspiring and insightful exchange of ideas. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) hosted the event.More

25.09.2014

2nd Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference a great...

The 2nd Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference, held at Rilano No. 6 Lenbach Palais in Munich September 21st to 23rd, 2014, seamlessly continued the success of last year's opening conference. Top international researchers and promising young scientists took advantage of the three-day conference for an intensive exchange of ideas concerning the latest scientific findings in the field...More

25.09.2014

DZD Awards Presented to Young Diabetes Researchers

After the Training & Education Board of the DZD had selected the award winners for 2013 last spring, the young researchers received their awards personally at the annual meeting of the EASD in Vienna. The doctoral students had held lectures or given poster presentations at national or international conferences and had submitted an abstract describing their research to the Board.More

24.09.2014

12th Düsseldorf Diabetes Day – Living Well with Diabetes and...

On September 27, 2014 the German Diabetes Centre, a partner in the DZD, the Düsseldorf diabetologists and the North Rhine-Westphalian state association of German Diabetes Aid – People with Diabetes are inviting people with diabetes, their family members as well as the general public to the 12th Düsseldorf Diabetes Day in the Düsseldorf Chamber of Trades Building. From 9:00 am to 2:30 pm visitors...More

04.09.2014

Plant Compounds Have A Beneficial Effect on the Glucose...

Vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices contain many phytochemicals. As a research team led by physician Andreas F. H. Pfeiffer of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner in the DZD, has shown for the first time, two of these natural substances, luteolin and apigenin, influence the intracellular pathways of insulin and reduce the in vitro glucose and lipid synthesis of human liver...More

22.08.2014

Demonstrated for the first time directly in humans: Insulin...

Selective insulin action in certain brain areas improves glucose metabolism throughout the body. This is a finding of a study by scientists at the German Center for Diabetes Research from the Institute of Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tübingen, published in the journal ‘Diabetes’. More

18.08.2014

EpiGlyko: New BMBF Research Project on Molecular Alterations in...

What are the consequences of permanently elevated blood glucose levels on a molecular level? The BMBF-funded research project EpiGlyko - The glyco-epigenome in type 2 diabetes is seeking the answer to this question. The German-French research team is coordinated at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD).More

12.08.2014

Optimal Management of Diabetes – Experts Answer Questions about...

Germany-wide Telephone Q & A Session on November11thMore

11.08.2014

Work-related stress is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes

Job strain can significantly increase the risk of developing diabetes. This conclusion was based on prospective data from a population-based study conducted by scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, partner in the DZD. The findings have been published in the scientific journal "Psychosomatic Medicine".More

05.08.2014

Professor Hans-Ulrich Häring Elected Member of the Leopoldina

Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Hans-Ulrich Häring, member of the managing board of the DZD, has been elected a member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences. In a multi-stage selection process, the Presidium elects members who have been nominated by Academy members. Potential members must be outstanding, well-known researchers with excellent scientific achievements.More

04.08.2014

Best Paper Award 2014 for DZD Scientists

The Best Paper Award 2014 of the Journal of Peptide Science goes to scientists of the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) at the DZD site Helmholtz Zentrum München for the article “Restoration of leptin responsiveness in diet-induced obese mice using an optimized leptin analog in combination with exendin-4 or FGF21”.More

04.08.2014

Diabetes: A duo helps better

Metformin* and SGLT2 inhibitors** together reduce the blood sugar levels considerably more effectively than either drug alone. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research, report in the journal 'Diabetes’ that this is due to a synergetic mechanism.More

31.07.2014

Hope for the overweight

The body has different types of adipose tissue that perform various metabolic tasks: white, beige and brown. For the first time, researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, and Harvard Medical School have successfully identified specific surface proteins that can help distinguish between the three types. This discovery makes it possible to develop new treatment options for...More

30.07.2014

Fighting fat with a single molecule

A single molecule may provide hope for millions of people, as researchers have combined two hormones formed in the digestive tract into one novel molecule. This hormone combination acts on the receptors of insulin-stimulating hormones and is thus able to reduce blood sugar levels in patients suffering from obesity or type 2 diabetes. In the coming years, this new therapeutic approach could help...More

25.07.2014

German Diabetes Center Evaluated Positively

Like every Leibniz institution, the DZD partner, the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) in Düsseldorf, is regularly evaluated by external reviewers, at the latest every seven years. Internationally recognized experts, who are informed by written documentation and an evaluation visit, assess the performance and structures of each institution. The results of the evaluation are recorded in an evaluation...More

23.07.2014

DZD Scientist Receives Young Investigator Award

For her research on obesity and diabetes mellitus, Dr. Julia Szendrödi, Ph.D., director of the Clinical Research Center (CRC) unit at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) in Düsseldorf, which is a partner in the DZD, has received the Young Investigator Award of the European Association for the Study of Obesity, (EASO). The award was presented to her at this year’s EASO Annual Meeting in Sofia,...More

23.07.2014

20 Genes Confirmed as Diabetes Genes: DZD Sheds Light on...

Massive obesity increases the risk for type 2 diabetes. However, not every fat person develops the disease, because the susceptibility for type 2 diabetes in humans is to a substantial part inherited. It is not yet fully understood which gene variants play a role here. By aligning human GWAS results with two mouse models for type 2 diabetes, a team of scientists led by Annette Schürmann of the...More

22.07.2014

JDRF research grant for type 1 diabetes research

Scientists at the DZD partners in Munich and Dresden aim to investigate T-cell mediated immunoreactions involved in type 1 diabetes to find out what processes influence the progress of the disease. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) supports the research project with a grant of 550.000 US-Dollars.More

16.07.2014

Weight gain influences intestinal bacteria and metabolite...

An increase in body weight is accompanied by changes in both the composition of gut microbiota and the pattern of thousands of metabolites. In addition, diabetes appears to influence certain metabolic pathways, such as sulfur metabolism. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, used metabolomic analyses to examine these effects and consequently have again pointed out...More

15.07.2014

DZD Active Participant in “Diabetes Challenges Us!”

During the campaign day "Diabetes bewegt uns!" / “Diabetes Challenges Us!” of the Bavarian Ministry of Health on July 12th at Odeonsplatz in Munich, the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) was the point of contact for the interested public and those affected by the disease. At a joint information stand with the Diabetes Information Service Munich and the Institute of Diabetes Research of...More

07.06.2014

SMS Diabetes Initiative: Düsseldorf Elementary School Students...

The children participating in the initiative "SMS. Sei schlau. Mach mit. Sei fit." (in English: Be smart. Join in. Be fit.) of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf are completing a training session offered by the Fortuna soccer team at the Flinger Broich soccer stadium and sports center.More

05.06.2014

Analyzing Proteins in Two Dimensions – Rainbow Workshop at the...

The German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD, invited participants for the sixth time to the Protein Rainbow Workshop in Düsseldorf. This year the participants informed themselves about the latest methods to analyze and separate proteins and tested these methods on their own samples.More

01.07.2014

Tilman Grune New Scientific Director of the DZD Partner DIfE

On June 11th Prof. Tilman Grune will be installed as scientific director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DifE) by the Brandenburg Minister for Science, Research and Culture, Prof. Sabine Kunst. He thus succeeds Prof. Hans-Georg Joost, who was scientific director of the DZD partner institute for more than 12 years. Grune’s position will be connected with the Chair of...More

01.07.2014

Honors for DZD Scientists

At the Diabetes Conference of the German Diabetes Association (DDG), which took place in Berlin at the end of May, two DZD scientists were awarded prizes. PD Dr. Natalia Rudovich received the Menarini Prize and Dr. Barbara Ludwig received the Ernst Ludwig Pfeiffer Award.More

01.07.2014

Practice-Oriented Diabetes Research – News from the Diabetes...

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) Presents Itself to the Medical PublicMore

01.07.2014

Fit with Diabetes: Training with Sprinter Daniel Schnelting

As part of the project “Diabetes at School” of the DZD partner German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf, Daniel Schnelting, multiple-time German champion in sprint, is training with children of a Düsseldorf elementary school.More

01.07.2014

A Public Call for More Research on Diabetes – An Interview with...

Professor Ziegler sums up the research successes of recent years, particularly with regard to early diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. The renowned diabetes researcher and director of the Institute of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, is optimistic about the future, which offers a perspective of even better and more personalized treatment options and the legitimate...More

20.05.2014

German Diabetes Risk Test Optimized by DZD Scientists

DZD scientists at the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) have optimized the Diabetes Risk Test* on the basis of new study data. Together with other colleagues, they published the optimized test in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice (Mühlenbruch et al., 2014). The new questionnaire versions, which now also factor in a family history of diabetes, are available free of...More

20.05.2014

Lecture on the Successful Development of a Diabetes Drug

The successful development of a new diabetes drug – an SGLT2 inhibitor – from the test tube to the patient was presented in a fascinating lecture by Professor William Washburn at Helmholtz Zentrum München. The lecture was organized by the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the Helmholtz Diabetes Center (HDC) and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.More

12.05.2014

2nd Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference. This meeting will be held on September 21-23, 2014, at the Rilano No. 6 Lenbach Palais in Munich, Germany.More

12.05.2014

With a Balanced Breakfast Fit for the School Day

As part of the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit.”, the German Diabetes Center in (DDZ) Düsseldorf, a partner in the DZD, organized a fitness breakfast on May 5th for primary school children. This event with the theme of health and exercise also raised awareness for diabetes prevention.More

05.05.2014

Mothers Who Breastfeed Have a Reduced Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Data from the Potsdam EPIC* Study have now shown that women who have breastfed have about a 40 percent reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to women who did not breastfeed. Biomarker analyses conducted in the study indicate that prolonged breastfeeding is associated with a long-term improved metabolic profile of the mother. The data have now been published in the current issue of...More

02.05.2014

From Bench to Bedside: Scientific discussion with the founder of...

Prof. William Washburn will present his data on  "Dapagliflozin - from Bench to Bedside" on Friday May 16th, at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. Scientists and doctors are invited to joinRead moreMore

30.04.2014

DZD Board Member Michael Roden Honored with Somogyi Award 2014

For his outstanding work in the field of clinical and experimental research to achieve a better understanding of hypoglycemia in people with diabetes, Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, board member of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), has been honored with the Somogyi Award 2014.More

07.04.2014

Near Three-fold Risk of Diabetes in Children of Parents with...

People who have parents with type 2 diabetes may have up to a 2.9-fold increased risk for this disease. This is suggested by results of the Potsdam EPIC* study – a large-scale, population-based longitudinal study with more than 27,000 study participants. The findings of the research team led by DZD scientists Matthias Schulze and Kristin Mühlenbruch of the German Institute of Human Nutrition...More

28.03.2014

Are Obesity and Diabetes Pre-programmed in the Womb?

Scientists led by Dr. Hubert Preißl and Prof. Andreas Fritsche of the University Hospital Tübingen and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) have currently published a study in "Diabetologia" (Journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes), which provides evidence for the first time of an association between maternal insulin action (= insulin sensitivity) and the brain...More

26.03.2014

Diabetes: Good Self-Management Helps to Reduce Mortality

People with type 2 diabetes who report good self-management behavior have a reduced mortality risk. This was the result of a population-based study conducted by scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München in the context of DZD research fields emphasizing the great importance of patient behavior in the diabetes treatment process. These findings were published in the journal ‘Diabetes Care’More

21.03.2014

DZD presents "News about Type 2 Diabetes" at the DGE Symposium

Scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) provided insights into the latest findings and trends of diabetes research at the 57th Symposium of the German Society of Endocrinology (DGE). Genetic aspects in the development of type 2 diabetes and possible future therapy concepts were the focus of a separate DZD lecture session on the opening day. The meeting of the experts in...More

21.03.2014

Diabetes Information Day in Düsseldorf

On April 9, 2014 the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), a partner in the DZD, is organizing an information day for the third time. Current developments in the field of diabetes research and the findings of the German Diabetes Study will be presented. The participants will have the opportunity to undergo diabetes-related examinations.More

12.03.2014

Type 1 diabetes: Gut microbiota networks may influence...

The interactions of the gut microbiota in children with typical diabetes autoantibodies differ from that in healthy children. The fact that these differences already exist before antibodies are detectable in the blood adds to the growing evidence that microbial DNA, the so-called microbiome, may be involved in the development of autoimmune processes. Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München...More

11.03.2014

Type 1 diabetes in adults: Antibody affinity is decisive

Patients with LADA – a form of autoimmune type 1 diabetes in adulthood – can be distinguished from patients with non-autoimmune type 2 diabetes by means of the antibody reaction affinity to the enzyme glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD). Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München have reported in the journal 'Diabetes Care' that high-affinity GAD antibodies are found in patients who produce only...More

05.03.2014

Molecular Evidence of Imminent Disease Development for Type 1...

Diagnosis of type 1 diabetes is preceded by the appearance of pancreatic islet cell autoantibodies circulating in the blood. Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University of Dresden, both partners in the DZD, in cooperation with colleagues from the University of Cambridge, have now found a transient, significant increase in the expression of antiviral interferon (IFN) immune response...More

23.04.2014

Type 1 diabetes: Vitamin D deficiency occurs in an early stage

Low levels of vitamin D are commonly found in people with type 1 diabetes. But even children who have multiple positive islet autoantibodies without manifest type 1 diabetes have lower levels of vitamin D in their blood. This does not appear, however, to influence the progression of the disease from pre-diabetes to diabetes, according to scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in...More

19.02.2014

DZD Exchange with Japanese Delegation about Diabetes Research...

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented itself to Japanese diabetes scientists as point of contact for an international exchange about the status of research and prevention of the widespread disease diabetes. On February 13, 2014 representatives of German diabetes organizations met at Helmholtz Zentrum München with scientists of the National Center for Global Health and Medicine...More

18.02.2014

First Joint Clinical Trial of the DZD Is Published

In the current issue of Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) and the University Hospital of Vienna led by Professor Dr. Norbert Stefan have published their results of a joint clinical trial on the treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease**. By inhibiting the enzyme 11-β-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase 1 (11-βHSD1), the research group was...More

13.02.2014

DZD Scientists Participate in an Interdisciplinary EU Project on...

The European Research Commission will fund the interdisciplinary project “Nudge-it” with nine million euros. DZD scientists from Tübingen are among the research groups from six European countries who will study the metabolic, neurobiological, psychological and social foundations of our eating behavior.More

12.02.2014

Dr. Eickelberg Foundation Prize Goes to DZD Scientist

Dr. Claudia Wiza, a young researcher at the German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD, has been awarded the Dr. Eickelberg Foundation Prize 2013. Dr. Wiza received the award for her outstanding work on the development of insulin resistance.More

05.02.2014

Link between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and diabetes: a...

In its TV series “Gesundheit (Health)” on January 28, 2014, Bavarian Radio included a feature about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In the broadcast entitled “An Underestimated but Widespread Disease”, DZD scientist Professor Norbert Stefan of the University Hospital Tübingen talked about NAFLD. Referring to the example of a patient, Stefan showed how a change in lifestyle – here a...More

30.01.2014

Stem cell research: New, major EU research grant focused on stem...

A grant of 6 million euros for the HumEn project brings together leading European stem cell-research groups and industrial partners in a coordinated and collaborative effort aimed at developing glucose-responsive, insulin-producing beta cells for future cell-replacement therapy in diabetes. The project will contribute significantly to better treatment and quality of life for the increasing...More

27.01.2014

Insulin-Producing Beta Cells from Stem Cells

DZD scientists Decipher Early Molecular Mechanisms of Differentiation: The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway and microRNA 335 are instrumental in helping form differentiated progenitor cells from stem cells. These are organized in germ layers and are thus the origin of different tissue types, including the pancreas and its insulin-producing beta cells. With these findings, Helmholtz Zentrum München...More

21.01.2014

Research award for KKG Type 2 Diabetes

Die Klinische Kooperationsgruppe „Subklassifikation von Typ 2 Diabetes“ erhielt Ende letzten Jahres für die Studie PPS-Diab (Prediction, Prevention and Subclassification of Type 2 Diabetes) den Heinrich-Sauer-Preis 2013 des Diabeteszentrums Nordrhein-Westfalen. Die KKG wird vom Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München und dem Helmholtz Zentrum München, einem Partner im DZD, gemeinsam...More

20.01.2014

Higher diabetes risk due to disturbed gene experssion

Warum erkranken manche Menschen an Krebs, andere nicht? Wer ist anfällig für Altersdiabetes? Viele Krankheiten sind eng mit unserer DNA gekoppelt; bestimmte DNA-Marker signalisieren ein erhöhtes Krankheitsrisiko, zum Beispiel für Brustkrebs. Allerdings ist meist unklar, welche DNA-Varianten tatsächlich eine Krankheit auslösen – und auf welchem Weg. Mit einem neuen Verfahren haben u.a....More

09.01.2014

Multihormone reverses metabolic damage of high calorie diet

A single molecule, which acts equally on the receptors of the metabolic hormones glucagon and glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) improves body weight and diabetes through restored function of the anti-obesity hormone leptin. This was discovered by an international team comprising scientists from the Helmholtz Center Munich, a partner in the DZD, Indiana University and the San Diego-based biotech...More

19.12.2013

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

The German Center for Diabetes Research wishes you merry christmas and a happy new year.

10.12.2013

First Russian - German Conference on Endocrinology/Diabetology

Upon the initiative of academy member Professor Ivan I. Dedov, president of the Russian Academy of Medical Science (RAMS), and Professor Helmut Hahn, foreign member of RAMS and chairman of the Koch- Metschnikow Forum (KMF), the “First Russian-German Conference in Endocrinology/Diabetology” took place in Moscow on October 24-25, 2013 with the participation of the DZD. More

02.12.2013

DZD Annual Report 2012

The Annual Report 2012 of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) has been published.More

02.12.2013

“Type-1-diabetes: is it possible to delay the disease?” – a...

“Type-1-diabetes: is it possible to delay the disease?” was the title of the report on Bavarian television’s science show „Gesundheit“ („Health“) on November 26. The telecast (in German only) dealt with Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler’s diabetes research at the Helmholtz Zentrum München.More

18.11.2013

Paul Langerhans Institute Receives Direct Funding from the Free...

Professor Sabine von Schorlemer, Minister of the Saxon Ministry of Science and Art, visited the diabetes research center, the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, on November 13, 2013 – the day before World Diabetes Day – to learn about the current status of diabetes research. Since June 2013, the PLID, a partner of the German Center for Diabetes...More

14.11.2013

Glowing Blue: World Diabetes Day – DZD Takes Part in the Blue...

On World Diabetes Day, November 14th, distinctive buildings shall be lit up in blue in various locations in Germany. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is involved in this year’s campaign “Protect Our Future” of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). The aim is to raise global awareness of diabetes, which affects around six million people in Germany alone.More

13.11.2013

Lifestyle Change Not Enough for High-Risk Individuals

Each year 36 million people across the globe die of noninfectious diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Common risk factors for these diseases are physical inactivity and eating too much of the wrong foods, which lead to excess weight and insulin resistance. American, Finnish and German studies have now shown that lifestyle changes with more physical exercise and a...More

12.11.2013

The role of the brain in blood sugar metabolism

In the current issue of the scientific journal ‘Nature’ researchers suggest that the brain has an important impact on maintaining blood glucose metabolism.More

11.11.2013

Inspiring First DZD Diabetes Research School for Young...

Five internationally renowned scientists gave graduate students and postdocs from around the world insight into the latest results and trends in diabetes research. The young researchers met at the invitation of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) on November 6, 2013 for the first DZD International Diabetes Research School. The event took place prior to the high-profile XII International...More

07.11.2013

Gut Hormone Test Predicts Individual Efficacy of Gastric Bypass

The sensitivity of the GLP-1 hormone, which is secreted by the gastrointestinal tract, can predict the metabolic efficacy of a gastric bypass. The use of a GLP1 challenge could thus function as a novel predictive biomarker for personalized treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity. These findings were reported by scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA...More

06.11.2013

Dr. Heike Vogel Receives Brandenburg Young Scientist Award

On November 12, 2013, the State of Brandenburg will present the Brandenburg Young Scientist Award to the best young researchers of the year. The award ceremony, which is being held this year for the seventh time, will take place in the House of Brandenburg-Prussian History in Potsdam. Among the award winners is the DZD biologist Dr. Heike Vogel from the German Institute of Human Nutrition...More

05.11.2013

Lower Intake of Soft Drinks, Processed Meat and White Bread...

A diet that is low in sugar-sweetened beverages, processed meat and white bread is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. This is the result of a large longitudinal observational study that examined the eating habits of people from seven European countries. The study comprised data of 21,616 women and men, 9,682 of whom developed type 2 diabetes during the observation period. The...More

30.10.2013

New multiple action intestinal hormone corrects diabetes

Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU), a partner in the DZD, and the Technische Universität München (TUM), together with scientists in the USA, have developed a new therapeutic approach for treatment of type 2 diabetes. A novel single molecule hormone, which acts equally on the receptors of the insulin-stimulating hormones GLP-1 and GIP, was observed to reduce weight and improve...More

30.10.2013

HDL cholesterol controls blood glucose

High density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), the so-called “good“ cholesterol improves blood glucose levels by enhancing skeletal muscle function and reducing adiposity, scientists of the Helmholtz Zentrum München report in the current issue of the renown American Heart Association Journal ‚Circulation‘.More

29.10.2013

Researchers Achieve Breakthrough with Artificial Pancreas System...

Diabetes researchers at Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital Dresden, a partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research, have implanted the world’s first successful artificial pancreas system into the body of a type 1 diabetes patient. The human islet cells of this bioreactor system reliably produced insulin for nearly a year.More

29.10.2013

Type 2 diabetes: New associations identified between genes and...

In two comprehensive studies, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München (HMGU), a partner in the DZD, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) and Technische Universität München (TUM) have discovered new associations of two major type 2 diabetes risk genotypes and altered plasma concentrations of metabolic products. The "Virtual Institute Diabetes" (VID) joint research cooperation is...More

15.10.2013

No Difference in Diet and Lifestyle Advice for Individuals with...

The results of a large-scale longitudinal observational study suggest that people with diabetes do not require different dietary and lifestyle recommendations than the general public. According to these new study data, they benefit even more from the usual recommendations than nondiabetic individuals. Diewertje Sluik, who conducted the research in the Department of Epidemiology of the German...More

14.10.2013

Great success for international Diabetes Conference in Munich

The joint diabetes conference of Helmholtz Zentrum München,a partner in the DZD, and Nature Medicine, which took place September 22-24, was a great success. Designed to find potential solutions to the preeminent scientific challenges facing type 2 diabetes and obesity, the conference fully delivered on its objectives. It provided a unique platform for knowledge exchange in the field of diabetes...More

10.10.2013

Weight loss through the use of intestinal barrier sleeves

Scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, in cooperation with the University of Cincinnati, USA, have discovered that the placement of a non-permeable tube in the small intestine leads to reduced nutrient absorption and consequently to reduced obesity and enhanced glucose metabolism. These findings are published in the current issue of the British medical journal 'Gut'.More

09.10.2013

German Center for Diabetes Research at the EASD in Barcelona

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented itself extensively at the 49th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) from September 23 – 27, 2013 in Barcelona.More

02.10.2013

Study Explains Why Diabetic Retinopathy Is Difficult to Treat

Damage to the retina due to diabetes can be ameliorated only partially, despite treatment with the standard drug metformin. Scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München have discovered that metformin treatment normalizes the alterations induced by diabetes in only about half of the altered retinal proteins. The results of the study were published in the journal Diabetologia.More

23.09.2013

Conference: Innovation in Diabetes Research

Around 150 experts from academia and industry convened on September 18th, 2013 in Lund, Sweden at the IDEA Summit (Innovation in Diabetes: European Action Summit 2013) to discuss strategies for the development of innovative diabetes therapies. To counteract the emerging worldwide epidemic of type 2 diabetes, research gaps and bottlenecks must be identified and overcome. The conclusion of the...More

17.09.2013

Type 1 Diabetes: Preventive Therapy

Through the detection of islet autoantibodies, type 1 diabetes can often be diagnosed years before the onset of the autoimmune disease. In many cases, the disease progresses so slowly that enough time remains for a preventive immunotherapy, as is offered in the new Oral Insulin Study of the Institute of Diabetes Research in Munich. In the previous DPT trial (Diabetes Prevention Trial – Type 1),...More

17.09.2013

Insulin Clearance in the Liver May Predict Metabolic Syndrome...

Metabolic syndrome is characterized by obesity, high blood pressure, disturbed lipid metabolism and insulin resistance of body cells. People who suffer from this lethal quartet are at greater risk for developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and specific cancer diseases. As scientists in the research group of Natalia Rudovich and Andreas F. H. Pfeiffer of the German Institute for Human...More

16.09.2013

Professor Dr. Matthias Tschöp Elected Member of the German...

Professor Dr. Matthias Tschöp has been elected a member of the Leopoldina, the German National Academy of Sciences. In a multi-stage selection process, the Presidium elects members who have been nominated by Academy members. Potential members must be outstanding, well-known researchers with excellent scientific achievements.More

12.09.2013

More than just type 1 or type 2: DiMelli study points to...

Funded by the DZD, the DiMelli study examines the different phenotypes of diabetes mellitus in relation to their immunological, metabolic and genetic profiles. Although the formation of autoantibodies is associated with specific clinical features such as metabolic markers, the various forms of diabetes cannot be clearly delineated on the basis of this association, and in many cases there is...More

30.08.2013

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: What exactly is healthy...

Metabolically healthy obesity – where an individual has a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30, but does not appear to be at increased risk of the health complications usually associated with excess weight – has only been recently widely recognised by medical practitioners. But as global levels of obesity continue to rise, identifying metabolically healthy obese patients could be of critical...More

29.08.2013

Tracking Down Proteins

Current methods of bioanalysis were the focus of the fifth Protein Rainbow Workshop at the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf. At the international event, young scientists learned about the latest methods to detect proteins and were able to analyze their own samples using these techniques. The workshop is part of the Training & Education Program for young scientists of the German Center for...More

27.08.2013

Professor Ziegler Honored with the Excellence in Clinical...

In recognition of her significant clinical research in the field of type 1 diabetes, Prof. Dr. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler of Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, has received the Mary Tyler Moore and S. Robert Levine Excellence in Clinical Research Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a foundation which promotes type 1 diabetes research.More

22.08.2013

Family history of diabetes increases the risk of prediabetes

A study involving more than 8,000 participants has shown that people with a family history of diabetes see their risk of prediabetes increase by 26%. The research is published in "Diabetologia", the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, and is by Dr Andreas Fritsche and colleagues from the German Center for Diabetes Research.More

25.07.2013

Shaping Type 1 Diabetes

Renowned scientists from all over the world meet again in Munich to present and discuss new results from their research on our 7th traditional "Wiesn Symposium". This year's event topic is "Shaping Type 1 Diabetes". It is focused on shapes - the shapes of type 1 diabetes and the factors that shape or could change the development of type 1 diabetes.The Oktoberfest Symposium 2013 is organized by...More

18.07.2013

Heat Generation from Fat – An Evolutionarily Early Phenomenon

Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the University of Marburg have found that thermogenesis in mammalian brown adipose tissue is a mechanism that has long existed in the course of evolution. The findings provide a new basis to characterize energy metabolism and the components involved, as the scientists report in the journal "Nature Communications".More

17.07.2013

1st Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference

We are pleased to announce the 1st Annual Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference. This meeting will be held on September 22-24, 2013, at the Residenz, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs, in Munich, Germany. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is a partner in this new event.More

16.07.2013

The German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf Opens New Institute for...

On July 16, 2013 the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), a partner in the DZD, will open a new institute – the Institute for Beta Cell Biology. In this organizational unit under the direction of Prof. Dr. Eckhard Lammert, research on beta cells at the DDZ will be accorded the status of an institute.More

10.07.2013

Physical Fitness is an Independent Predictor of Body Weight

As a large European study with 2,056 healthy adults around age 50 shows, physical fitness, i.e. cardiorespiratory* fitness and physical activity influence body weight independently of each other and in varying degrees. There is a particularly strong association between fitness and the waist-hip ratio and/or body mass index** (BMI) both in men and in women. The research team led by the German...More

08.07.2013

Early Childhood Respiratory Infections May Be Potential Risk...

Respiratory infections in early childhood may be a potential risk factor for developing type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1D), according to a study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication.More

24.06.2013

Enhancing weight loss: Gastric banding with hormone therapy

Scientists at the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) at the Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner within the DZD, and the Technical University of Munich working in collaboration with their American partners at the University of Cincinnati may have developed a new, more effective approach to the treatment of obesity. As the team of researchers headed by Prof. Matthias Tschöp, Director of the...More

19.06.2013

Conclusions from Focus @Helmholtz: What are the Benefits of...

On June 12th the Helmholtz Association invited the public to a panel discussion at the Berlin Forum on Friedrichstraße. This was the second event in the series "Focus@Helmholtz" and was entitled “Show me your genes, and I will tell you what disease you have – What are the benefits of personalized medicine?". Professor Hans-Ulrich Häring, a DZD board member was one of the panelists on the podium....More

19.06.2013

Largest American Diabetes Congress Begins

The 73rd Scientific Sessions (2013) of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) will begin on June 21st in Chicago. More than 18,000 diabetes experts from around the world are expected to attend the Sessions, which will take place in the McCormick Place Convention Center until June 25th.More

18.06.2013

Autoantibodies Herald the Onset of Type 1 Diabetes

The onset age of type 1 diabetes in children can now be accurately estimated for the first time. In the largest international study of its kind, scientists of Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, found that young people develop type 1 diabetes within a maximum of 20 years after the first appearance of so-called multiple autoantibodies in the blood. Onset within this timeframe, whether...More

13.06.2013

Genetic Association between Diabetes and Cancer Discovered

In the article “The Cancer-Associated FGFR4-G388R Polymorphism Enhances Pancreatic Insulin Secretion and Modifies the Risk of Diabetes”*, which was published in the current issue of Cell Metabolism, a research group comprised of scientists from the University Hospital in Tübingen, the Cancer Research Institute in Ontario, Canada, the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Harvard...More

11.06.2013

Factors of Successful Translational Research

Close collaboration between basic scientists and clinicians is the key to the efficient translation of medical research findings. This was the conclusion of a prestigious panel of experts with Professor Hrabĕ de Angelis, member of the board of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), which discussed the topic “Translation: How Can We Accelerate the Translation of Research Findings into...More

10.06.2013

New Brain Signal Discovered for the Regulation of Body Weight

Scientists of the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, in collaboration with colleagues at the Charité - Universitätmedizin Berlin, have discovered that a receptor of as yet unknown function is involved in the regulation of body weight. As the research group led by Dr. Timo Müller could now show for the first time, the molecule GPR83 plays a...More

07.06.2013

Professor Lammert Receives Scientific Award 2013 of the Klüh...

The Scientific Award 2013 of the Klüh Foundation for the Promotion of Innovation in Science and Research went this year to University Professor Dr. Eckhard Lammert, director of the Institute of Metabolic Physiology at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf and research group leader at the German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD. The award ceremony took place on May 28, 2013 in the...More

17.05.2013

DNA variant affects diabetes risk and treatment response.

A DNA variant near a digestive enzyme does not only affect risk of developing diabetes but also affects the response to treatment. This finding is described by a consortium of researchers from the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom in the scientific journal Diabetes. These novel findings provide new clues to better diabetes prevention and treatment.More

15.05.2013

Diabetes Congress 2013: Today’s Research for Tomorrow’s Practice

The Diabetes Congress 2013, the 48th annual meeting of the German Diabetes Association (DDG), came to a successful close on May 11, 2013 in Leipzig. Approximately 6000 participants attended the various lectures, symposia and workshops in the Congress Center Leipzig. The Congress, which is the largest annual event in the German-speaking region on the topic of diabetes, was organized by Congress...More

14.05.2013

DZD at the Diabetes Tour in Essen on June 8th

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) will participate with an interactive stand at the Diabetes Tour 2013 in the Congress Center Essen (CCE South) on June 8th. Following his talk on “Diabetes Treatments – Tailored to the Individual”, Professor Karsten Müssig of the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf will be available at the stand for personal questions from visitors.More

14.05.2013

Air pollution increases risk of insulin resistance in children

New research shows that growing up in areas where air pollution is increased raises the risk of insulin resistance (the prescursor to diabetes) in children. The research is published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), and is by Elisabeth Thiering and Joachim Heinrich, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Neuherberg, Germany, and colleaguesMore

09.05.2013

Two DZD Scientists Honored at DDG Annual Meeting

At this year's annual meeting of the German Diabetes Association (DDG), two scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) were honored with the Ferdinand Bertram Award and the Ernst Friedrich Pfeiffer Award.More

08.05.2013

Major international TEDDY study finds no link between virus...

Some of the earliest results from The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in The Young (TEDDY) study - a major Europe-USA consortium exploring the causes of type 1 diabetes in children - found little evidence for viral infection as a cause of the rapid-onset form of the condition. The research appears in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) and...More

18.04.2013

2nd Diabetes Information Day in Düsseldorf

The German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf, a partner in the DZD, held its second diabetes information day on April 10th. More than 200 diabetes patients and other individuals interested in the topic attended the event to learn more about new treatments for diabetes and its complications and about the findings of the German Diabetes Study. The participants also took the opportunity to undergo a...More

17.04.2013

DZD Expert Prof. Fritsche in Telephone Q & A Session

Together with other diabetes experts, Prof. Dr. Andreas Fritsche of the DZD partner institute for Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tübingen will answer questions about the widespread disease on April 17, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.More

15.04.2013

DZD Training & Education Program 2013

The German Center for Diabetes Research contributes to the advancement of young researchers with its own training and education program for young, internationally competitive scientists. This year’s highlight will be the DZD Diabetes Research School, which will take place for the first time. The course offering will include technical training courses as well as satellite workshops. A call for...More

10.04.2013

Researchers Discover New Indicator for Insulin Resistance in...

High concentrations of free fatty acids (FFAs) in the blood predict insulin resistance in humans only when high blood concentrations of the fatty liver protein fetuin-A are present at the same time. This finding was published by Professor Norbert Stefan of the Institute of Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tübingen, a partner in the DZD, in...More

19.03.2013

All-Round Success for First Diabetes Information Day in Munich

On Saturday, March 16th, the German Center for Diabetes Research took part in the first Diabetes Information Day of the Diabetes Information Service Munich. More than 250 participants – both diabetes patients and others interested in the topic – followed the invitation to inform themselves about diabetes mellitus at the hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar.More

05.03.2013

Scientists Elucidate the Role of Fatty Liver in Type 2 Diabetes...

In a review article analyzing novel data that has emerged during the past five years, scientists of the University of Tübingen, a partner in the DZD, have found that fatty liver plays a key role in the pathogenesis both of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Previously, researchers had assumed that increasing obesity and body fat mass in the population were the main culprits responsible...More

27.02.2013

Implantation of Patient’s Own Islet Cells at Dresden University...

The Center for Islet Cell Transplantation at Dresden University Hospital has saved a 43-year-old work accident victim from developing diabetes: A team of doctors was able to salvage insulin-producing islet cells from the injured pancreas of the patient, process them and implant them in the patient’s liver. The medical team consisted of visceral surgeons and diabetologists, some of whom are...More

26.02.2013

Excellent Infrastructure for Diabetes and Regeneration Research

The Institute of Diabetes and Regeneration Research (IDR), directed by Professor Heiko Lickert at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, has moved to new facilities.More

25.02.2013

First Diabetes Information Day on March 16th in Munich

On Saturday, March 16th the Diabetes Information Service Munich is hosting its first Diabetes Information Day in the Munich hospital Klinikum rechts der Isar. This event is open to the public – both to patients with diabetes and all others interested in the topic. Attendees of the event can inform themselves extensively and personally about diabetes mellitus.More

18.02.2013

Vincent Symposium on Epidemiology and Health Care Research

The symposium “Diabetes Complications 24 Years after the St. Vincent Declaration – What is the Situation in Germany?” will take place on April 26, 2013. The German Diabetes Center, a partner in the DZD, is the organizer of the symposium.More

05.02.2013

Researchers Identify New Protein Biomarkers for Type 2 Diabetes

Three proteins that can be measured in plasma correlate with type 2 diabetes and are thus potential new biomarkers for the disease. These are the results of a study conducted by scientists of the research units Protein Science (PROT) and Scientific Computing (ASC) as well as of the Institute of Experimental Genetics (IEG) at Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD. Their research findings...More

30.01.2013

New Open Access Journal "Molecular Metabolism"

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD, Germany) and German Research Center for Environmental Health (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany) are pleased to be the affiliates of Elsevier’s new open access journal Molecular Metabolism. This journal is devoted to the rapid publication of breakthroughs in mechanistic metabolism research. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific,...More

21.01.2013

“Overweight and Yet Healthy“ – a TV Documentary with DZD...

On January 21, 2013 3Sat nano broadcast a documentary about the liver protein fetuin-A, which may trigger metabolic problems. The main focus of the film was on the research findings of Professor Norbert Stefan of the DZD partner institute IDM in Tübingen. Professor Hans-Georg Joost of the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam, another partner in the DZD, was also cited.Please click on...More

15.01.2013

FGF21 Mediates Key Metabolic Actions of Glucagon

Interaction between the hormones glucagon and fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) critically regulates lipid metabolism and body weight. The result of their combined effect is decreased food intake and increased fat burning, which is why these hormones are considered promising candidates for the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes. This finding was made by scientists of the Institute of...More

09.01.2013

German Institute of Human Nutrition Receives ‘Very Good to...

After conducting a rigorous and multifaceted evaluation, an international commission of experts gave the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE), which is a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), a rating of ‘very good to excellent’ for its research achievements. Leibniz Institutes must undergo an intensive, external review at least once every seven...More

19.12.2012

Merry christmas and a happy new year!

The German Center for Diabetes Research wishes you merry christmas and a happy new year.More

05.12.2012

Potassium is an early marker of type 2 diabetes

Working in partnership with the German Center for Diabetes Research, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum München have discovered that low concentrations of potassium occur in the blood of patients with high blood pressure who suffer from type 2 diabetes or an early stage of the disease, but not in the blood of healthy individuals. The results of the research, which was conducted on the basis of...More

29.11.2012

Presentations of the DZD at the Diabetes Tour in Hannover and...

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented its research activities to the public  at two recently held events – the Diabetes Tour in Hannover and World Diabetes Day in Berlin. The focus was on the clinical trials of the DZD, which were presented in lectures and talks with individuals at the interactive DZD stand.On November 10th the Diabetes Tour made a stop in the Eilenriede...More

27.11.2012

Strategic Alliance “Novel Targets for the Therapy of...

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Sanofi and the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) at Helmholtz Zentrum München have entered a new strategic research alliance in the field of diabetes and obesity research.From 2013 on, the alliance “Novel Targets for the Therapy of Obesity-Linked Diabetes” will focus on the identification and validation of new targets and screening methods. Here new technologies shall be used for the...More

21.11.2012

DZD Awards for Young Scientists Conferred for the First Time

This year the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) held an award competition for young scientists for the first time. Young scientists of the five DZD partner institutes were invited to submit abstracts for presentations or posters they had presented at the major diabetes conferences during the year. The eleven award winners received the awards, each endowed with 1000 euros, at the DZD...More

16.11.2012

Individualized Prevention and Treatment of Diabetes: How Can New...

Diabetes and its secondary diseases adversely affect patients’ quality of life and pose challenges to both physicians and the healthcare system alike. In a symposium on November 16th in Berlin at the 2012 Autumn Meeting of the German Diabetes Society, researchers of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented forward-looking studies on individualized preventive and treatment...More

12.11.2012

Doubling down against Diabetes: Turbo-charged Gut Hormones

A collaboration between scientists in Munich, Germany and Bloomington, USA may have overcome one of the major challenges drug makers have struggled with for years: Delivering powerful nuclear hormones to specific tissues, while keeping them away from others. More

25.10.2012

Gestational Diabetes: Breastfeeding Reduces Later Risk for Type...

Women with gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) who breastfeed their infant have been found, over the long term, to have a 40 percent reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This is the conclusion of scientists of the Institute of Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München, which is a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). According to analyses of the German...More

25.10.2012

German Center for Diabetes Research Strongly Represented at EASD...

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented itself in all sessions of the 48th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) from October 1-5, 2012 in Berlin. Parallel to the symposia and lectures held by DZD scientists, the DZD stand in the Association’s Village was a much visited meeting place for international and Germany-based diabetes...More

16.10.2012

Obesity at the World Health Summit

At the World Health Summit in Berlin, a session on the topic of obesity will take place on October 22nd at 2:30 PM. Renowned scientists will discuss the challenge of how to prevent an “overweight generation”. Obesity is a major risk factor of diabetes mellitus and other common diseases. Under the title “The Obesity Challenge – How to Prevent an Overweight Generation” scientists will discuss...More

12.10.2012

14 New Biomarkers Identified for Type 2 Diabetes

In a metabolomics study organized also by the DZD 14 novel biomarkers could be identified. The study was accomplished by a research team led by Anna Floegel of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner in the DZD, and Tobias Pischon of the Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC). The biomarkers can serve as basis for developing new methods of treatment and prevention of...More

28.09.2012

Berlin: Bronze Bust in Honor of Paul Langerhans on the Charité...

The European Association for the Study of Diabetes will unveil a bronze bust in honor of the Berlin researcher during a commemoration ceremony on Sunday, September 30, 2012.According to a press release of the EASD/European Association for the Study of Diabetes:BERLIN Next week more than 18,000 diabetes experts from around the world will meet in Berlin (Messe Berlin, Messedamm 22) at the Annual...More

25.09.2012

First diagnostic markers for pre-diabetes discovered

Detecting a predisposition to type 2 diabetes and preventing the disease before it develops is possible based on a current study by scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München. In the latest edition of Molecular Systems Biology they describe for the first time three biomarkers that can indicate pre-diabetes.The current study by scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Center...More

11.09.2012

EURADIA Symposium on Advances in Diabetes Research

On October 1st a  symposium will take place in Berlin highlighting the advances that have been made in diabetes research. The symposium, organized by the Alliance for European Diabetes Research (EURADIA), is entitled “Advances in Diabetes Research: Focus on the Patient”. It is geared not only towards specialists in the field, but especially towards people without a scientific...More

05.09.2012

New ImmunDiabRisk Study: Does Diabetes in Children Develop...

Participants are being sought for a new ImmunDiabRisk study by the Diabetes research group of Technische Universität München and the Institute for Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD. Eligible participants should either be pregnant women who have type 1 diabetes, pregnant women whose partner has type 1 diabetes, or pregnant women who already have a child with type...More

20.08.2012

Incidence of Diabetes in Germany Projected to Increase...

Today in Germany the estimated percentage of adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is between seven and eight percent. New epidemiological data and the present population forecast of the Federal Statistical Office suggest that in 2030 there will be 3.9 million people with type 2 diabetes in the age group between 55 and 74 years. Compared to today, this means an increase of more than 1.5 million...More

02.08.2012

5th Autumn School of MEG Center Tuebingen

The MEG Center Tuebingen is organizing the 5th Autumn School „Structure the Brain“ from October 9 to 11, 2012. The Center is a partner of the Institute for Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of the Helmholtz Center Muenchen at the DZD location of Tuebingen.Magnetoencephalography is used to measure the brain's activity and is implemented in a growing number of applications in basic as...More

30.07.2012

Launch of Study on Long-Term Consequences of Gestational Diabetes

As of the beginning of this year, a blood glucose tolerance test to screen for gestational diabetes is being offered to all expectant mothers in Germany. The test is covered by the German statutory health insurance funds as a standard feature and is also part of the maternity guidelines. The combined efforts of internists and gynecologists shall lead to the prevention of elevated blood glucose...More

11.07.2012

DZD at the Long Night of Science in Dresden

The 10th Long Night of Science in Dresden on July 6th drew tens of thousands of visitors to the research institutions of the university city in Saxony. In the foyer of the Center for Regenerative Therapies (CRTD), the stand of the German Center for Diabetes Research attracted much interest. In the CRTD and the Paul Langerhans Institute of Dresden University Hospital, both of which are partners in...More

05.07.2012

Germany-wide Diabetes Prevention Study Launched

Obesity and diabetes are on the rise in Germany despite an increase in people’s physical activity. The Germany-wide pre-diabetes lifestyle intervention study (PLIS), which is being carried out by the German Center for Diabetes Research, is now striving to explain this phenomenon. The latest data of the Robert Koch Institute show that there has been a significant increase in the incidence of...More

28.06.2012

ICEMED: Imaging and Curing Environmental Metabolic Diseases

Together with leading German scientists at all stages of the value chain, Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner in the DZD, is building a strong alliance to conduct research on metabolic diseases – and ultimately to cure them. The ICEMED Alliance (Imaging and Curing Environmental Metabolic Diseases (ICEMED)) is being funded with 15 million euros over five years by the Helmholtz Association - this...More

27.06.2012

Identification of Obesity Genes Points to New Ways of Preventing...

Two genes that are overexpressed in adipose tissue of morbidly obese people have now been identified by renowned scientists working within the framework of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). This is a result of a new study of the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE) in Potsdam-Rehbrücke, one of the partners in the DZD, and of the University Hospital of Leipzig. These genes...More

26.06.2012

Pre-POINT Study: Immunization-like Insulin Treatment to Delay or...

More and more children and adolescents are being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and at younger and younger ages. The number of new cases peaks in the age group of nine months to two years. As part of the international Pre-POINT study (Primary Intervention with Mucosal Insulin for Prevention of Type 1 Diabetes), Professor Anette-Gabriele Ziegler and her research team are studying an...More

20.06.2012

Presentation of the DZD at the Capital City Congress for...

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) presented its research activities along with the other German Centers for Health Research (DZG) at an innovation forum at the Capital City Congress for Medicine and Health (Hauptstadtkongress). The main topics were the rapid transfer of research results from the laboratory to the patient and possible starting points for physicians and industry. In the...More

02.06.2012

German Center for Diabetes Research at the Science Summer...

Prevent Diabetes – Personal Diabetes Counseling and Interactive InformationDiabetes – what are the causes and symptoms? Is diabetes curable? Can the disease be prevented? What is the current status of diabetes research? At the DZD exhibit at the Lübeck Science Summer, June 2 - 6, 2012, scientists are answering many visitors’ questions and stressing the importance of a healthy diet and exercise....More

22.05.2012

DZD Symposium "Insulin, Adipokines and the Brain" at the...

The brain plays a crucial role in our body weight by controlling our eating habits. The gray cells receive the necessary information about the current energy status of the body from insulin, hormones from adipose tissue and many other transmitters. At the symposium “Insulin, Adipokines and the Brain” of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) at the Spring Meeting of the German Diabetes...More

22.05.2012

Awards for DZD Scientists at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the...

Four scientists of the partner institutes of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) were honored at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the German Diabetes Association (DDG). This year, three awards of the German Diabetes Association went to Helmholtz Zentrum München and one award to the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf.Prof. Matthias Tschöp received the Werner Creutzfeldt Award, endowed with...More

16.05.2012

Humboldt Professorship in Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum...

The award ceremony for the Alexander von Humboldt professorships took place in Berlin on May 15, 2012. One of the coveted positions went to Professor Matthias Tschöp, a leading international expert on metabolic diseases.He heads the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München and holds the chair of Diabetes Research / Insulin Resistance at Technische Universität...More

15.05.2012

DZD presents the role of the brain in metabolism at DDG Annual...

„Insulin, Adipokine und Gehirn“ meaning „Insuline, Adipokines and Brain“ is the subject of the symposium organized by the Deutsches Zentrum für Diabetesforschung (DZD) at the Annual Meeting of the German Diabetes Society. It takes place on Mai 18, 3 to 4.30 pm, in room Pfeiffer on the Stuttgart Fairground. The focus of the talks will be the role of the brain and its second messengers during the...More

09.05.2014

Important Signals Identified for the Targeted Development and...

A collaborative study by an international team of scientists published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows that the Notch signaling pathway is essential for the formation of insulin-producing beta cells. The results of the study indicate new starting points for the treatment of diabetes mellitus based on beta cell replacement therapy and the...More

26.04.2012

Xenotransplantation – Promising Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

A research team led by Professor Eckhard Wolf and Professor Jochen Seißler of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich and affiliated with the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) has succeeded in generating xenografted islet cell clusters from transgenic pigs in humanized mice. Initial experiments in the pigs have confirmed that these cells regulate blood glucose levels and are not rejected...More

17.04.2012

Fat Quality Also Significant for Blood Glucose Levels

The dietary intake of saturated fatty acids (SFAs) from food of animal origin may alter brain function and sleep. This is a conclusion of a study carried out by the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Tübingen. According to this study, increased intake of milk fat leads to elevated blood glucose levels, reduced brain activity and a decrease in physical activity. This is not the case...More

16.04.2012

First DZD Satellite Workshop for young researchers

With its unique focus on all aspects of translational research the German Center for Diabetes Research is dedicated to educate a new generation of internationally competitive researchers and clinicians in the diabetes field. In this context the first DZD Satellite Workshop for PhD Students and Postdocs took place in Tübingen on March 25 and 26, 2012. Alltogether forty PhD students, postdocs,...More

27.04.2012

Nationwide Telephone Hotline regarding Diabetes on April 16

A free nationwide telephone hotline on Diabetes will be open on April 16, 2012 from 7 pm to 9 pm. Under 0800-0 60 4000 experts of the Competence Network Diabetes mellitus will answer all sorts of questions regarding Diabetes. The scientists work at the diabetes research departments of the universities in Düsseldorf, Munich, Gießen and Dresden.Please find further information about the Competence...More

27.04.2012

Methionine levels considered as new biomarker for type 1 diabetes

The Institute for Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München, which is headed by Prof. Anette-Gabriele Ziegler, has discovered that autoimmune antibodies against insulin-producing betacells in the pancreas and the age at which these antibodies emerge depend upon the metabolic profile. This emerged during the evaluation of the BABYDIAB study. This result provides a new starting point for primary...More

13.03.2012

Blood Glucose Screening for Gestational Diabetes Now Covered by...

Gestational diabetes is diagnosed in nearly four percent of all expectant mothers in Germany. In 2010 approximately 24,000 women were affected. For the child, the mother’s high blood glucose levels may have long-term consequences - the child runs the risk of becoming overweight and suffering from type 2 diabetes. According to a resolution of the Federal Joint Committee of Physicians and Health...More

14.03.2012

Karl Oberdisse Award 2012 Goes to Scientist from the DZD

Julia Szendrödi, MD, PhD, of the Institute for Clinical Diabetology at the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf (DDZ), a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), is this year’s recipient of the Karl Oberdisse Award. She was honored by the North Rhine-Westphalian Society for Endocrinology and Diabetology for her research paper on the interaction of lipids, blood circulation and...More

02.03.2012

New BAI Not Superior to Traditional BMI

Scientists at the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) have compared different methods for estimating the percentage of body fat. According to the latest results, measuring the waist circumference is more appropriate to estimate body fat percentage than the new body adiposity index, which in the study was also not superior to the body mass index (BMI). According to the study, diabetes risk...More

21.02.2012

Professor Norbert Stefan on Obesity and Diabetes

In a podcast of Bavarian Radio’s series Bayern 5 aktuell Professor Stefan informs listeners about interesting links between obesity and diabetes. Listen in! (in German)More

17.02.2012

Incidence of type 1 diabetes-associated autoantibodies is...

The incidence of autoantibodies against antigens of the insulin-producing beta cells has a peak between the age of nine months and two years. In turn, children who develop autoantibodies at this early age have a very high risk of developing type 1 diabetes by the age of ten. Scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich have for the first time shown a concrete...More

02.02.2012

Brown Fat May Aid in Weight Loss – Potential Obesity Therapy

Using the body’s own resources – brown fat tissue – scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research led by Professor Norbert Stefan of University Hospital Tübingen are developing a new approach to treating obesity. In the television series W wie Wissen (K as in Knowledge), the German channel ARD broadcast a short documentary featuring this new approach: In the semidarkness of a windowless...More

24.01.2012

Early menarche can increase the risk of diabetes

The younger girls are at the onset of menstruation, the greater their risk of developing prediabetes or diabetes in the course of their lives. This is the conclusion reached by scientists of the Helmholtz Zentrum München based on the analysis of data obtained from the KORA cohort. Following the online publication of the new risk factor in the specialist journal Diabetologia, the researchers hope...More

24.01.2012

State of the Art Conference on Stem Cells in July in Dresden

July 18-20, 2012 Dresden will host a state of the art conference on Stem Cell Biology with high relevance to type 1 diabetes. The 4th International Congress on Stem Cells and Tissue Formation starts with a 1.5 day symposium on the dynamics of stem cell heterogeneity and stem cell fate decisions, followed by 1.5 days of parallel sessions on diabetes, hematopoietic stem cells, and neural stem...More

11.01.2012

Inaugural Lecture “Heavy Fare and Light Mice”

The biochemist Professor Hadi Al-Hasani will give his inaugural lecture on January 13, 2012 at the Medical Faculty of the University of Düsseldorf. The lecture, which is open to the public, is entitled “Heavy Fare and Light Mice: Lessons from the Genetics of Mice”. Since March 2011 Professor Al-Hasani has headed the Institute for Clinical Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry at the German Diabetes...More

16.12.2011

Type 1 Diabetes: Reduction of risk of metabolic complications

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13.12.2011

Diabetes – The Underestimated Risk

Forsa Survey in the Year of Science – Research for Our HealthDiabetes is a disease of civilization: Most cases could be avoided by leading a healthier lifestyle. However, about one-third of the German population is unaware of the risk factors or of possible secondary diseases associated with diabetes. This was the result of a survey of the Forsa Public Opinion Research Institute on behalf of...More

06.12.2011

Jühling Prizes and Jühling Medal 2011

Awards for Research on Novel Adipokine Hormone and on the Relationship between Environmental Factors and DiabetesOn November 30, 2011 the Jühling Prizes and the Jühling Medal were awarded for outstanding scientific work in the field of diabetes research. This year, the awards recognized research on the significance of a novel adipokine hormone and on environmental factors in the development of...More

17.11.2011

Diabetes Research Department at Helmholtz Zentrum München

Neuherberg, 16.11.2010. The Minister-President of Bavaria, Horst Seehofer, officially  opened the Diabetes Research Department at the Helmholtz Zentrum München today. The department pools expertise in the field of diabetes research at the  centre, enabling it to now also assume a leading role in diabetes research in Germany.An estimated  366 million people worldwide suffer from...More

12.11.2011

New Initiatives in Diabetes Research in Germany

As of the present time, more than six million people suffer from diabetes in Germany. In view of the steadily growing number of patients, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has developed new research concepts in recent years. These include the establishment of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) and the disease-related Competence Network Diabetes Mellitus (KKNDm). The...More

30.11.2011

Innovative Approaches to Early Detection and Treatment of Type 1...

Berlin – Type 1 diabetes is the most common metabolic disease in children and adolescents. Around 24 000 boys and girls living in Germany have been diagnosed with the disease. The incidence of type 1 diabetes is steadily rising, and very young children are increasingly affected. How our youngest children with high incidence risk can be identified early on and treated preventively was the topic of...More

02.11.2011

DZD in World Diabetes Day

Visitors can learn about all aspects of diabetes at the World Diabetes Day 2011 exhibition at the International Conference Center in Berlin, which will take place on November 13, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is also participating in the exhibition with an interactive booth, which has been organized by DiabetesDE.Exhibits and information for all age...More

08.11.2011

Expansion of Diabetes Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München

Neuherberg, 12.10.2011. Professor Matthias Tschöp has been named a recipient of one of the four Alexander von Humboldt Professorships. Professor Tschöp will head the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München, which is a member of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). At the same time, he has been appointed Chair of Diabetes Research / Insulin Resistance of Technische...More

30.09.2011

Vitamin D May Reduce Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

People with good vitamin D status have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. The study, carried out at the Helmholtz Zentrum München in collaboration with the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf – both members of the “German Center for Diabetes Research” (DZD) and the University of Ulm, will be published in the October issue of “Diabetes Care”.New research on participants of the...More

14.09.2011

New Insights into the Etiology of Complex Common Diseases

Scientists at Helmholtz Zentrum München, in cooperation with Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and King’s College London (KCL), have identified the association between genetic variants and specific metabolic changes. The study provides new functional insights regarding risk factors and the development of complex common diseases. The Helmholtz Zentrum München is member of the German Center of...More

06.09.2011

EASD 2011: Annual Meeting

Zum Jahrestreffen der “European Association for the Study of Diabetes” (EASD) kommen rund 17.000 Diabetes-Experten vom 12. bis 16. September 2011 in Lissabon zusammen. Am Austausch der neuesten Forschungsergebnisse und aktuellen Erkenntnisse aus der Praxis werden auch DZD-Wissenschaftler beteiligt sein. Der thematische Bogen spannt sich von der Grundlagenforschung wie genetischen und...More

12.08.2011

Metabolomics as a basis for gender-specific drugs

Neuherberg, 12.08.2011. Analyses of the metabolic profile of blood serum reveal significant differences between men and women. From their tests, scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München have concluded that there is a need for gender-specific therapies. The study was financed by the German Centre for Diabetes Research and was published in the current edition of the internationally renowned...More