DifE scientists investigate the relationships between nutrition and health in an interdisciplinary combination of experimental, clinical and epidemiological research that is unique in Germany. Their findings help to develop new strategies for the prevention and treatment of nutrition-dependent diseases and to provide scientifically based dietary recommendations.
The main research areas of the Institute include:
· the causes and consequences of the metabolic syndrome, a combination of pathological obesity, high blood pressure, insulin resistance and a disturbed lipid metabolism
· the role of nutrition for healthy aging and
· the biological basis of food choice and dietary behavior.
The DIfE is a member of the Leibniz Association, an alliance of 89 independent research institutions. Their focus ranges from the natural sciences, engineering and environmental sciences and economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities.
Leibniz institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services. The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer to policy-makers, academia, business and the public. Leibniz institutions collaborate intensively with universities, for example in the form of “Leibniz ScienceCampi”, as well as with industry and other partners in Germany and abroad. They are subject to an independent evaluation procedure that is unparalleled in its transparency. Due to the importance of the institutions for the country as a whole, they are funded jointly by the federal and state governments. Leibniz institutes employ circa 18,100 individuals, including 9,200 researchers. The entire budget of all the institutes is approximately € 1.64 billion. More information is available at www.leibniz-gemeinschaft.de.
The DIfE is also a partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). For more information, please visit www.dzd-ev.de.
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