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Awards for DZD Scientists at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the German Diabetes Association


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 10,000 euros, which is granted for substantial contributions to research on the pathophysiology and treatment of diabetes mellitus, particularly with regard to gastrointestinal hormones. Tschöp heads the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity Research at Helmholtz Zentrum München and holds the Chair of Diabetes Research / Insulin Resistance at Technische Universität München. Tschöp is an Alexander von Humboldt professor.

Dr. Christiane Winkler of the Institute of Diabetes Research of Helmholtz Zentrum München received the Ernst Friedrich Pfeiffer Prize, endowed with 10,000 euros, for her research into the causes of type 1 diabetes in childhood and adolescence. The Ernst Friedrich Pfeiffer Prize is granted for scientific achievements in the field of type 1 diabetes mellitus.

Dr. Maren Pflüger of the Institute of Diabetes Research of Helmholtz Zentrum München received the Silvia King Award, endowed with 2600 euros, for her achievements in clinical diabetology. The prize was awarded in particular for her study, published in “Diabetes” in 2011, on the associated differences in serum metabolite profiles in children with respect to islet autoantibody status and the age of islet autoantibody development .

Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, scientific director of the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf, is this year’s recipient of the Hans Christian Hagedorn project grant. He received the grant for his study "The direct and indirect effect of central insulin on hepatic glucose metabolism". 

Symposium "Insulin, Adipokines and the Brain"
The DZD symposium "Insulin, Adipokines and the Brain" with renowned scientists took place under the direction of the DZD board members Prof. Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis, Helmholtz Zentrum München, and Prof. Hans-Ulrich Häring, University of Tübingen. More than 450 diabetologists participated in the symposium, in which new findings on the role of the brain in metabolism were presented.

Further information and images of the symposium:

The scientists of the German Center for Diabetes Research were represented by a number of lectures and poster presentations at the meeting. An overview of these can be found here: