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Diabetes Congress 2017: Elucidating the Role of Genes, Lifestyle and Environmental Factors

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 give an overview of current projects and results from translational diabetes research.


A high-calorie diet and too little exercise along with a genetic predisposition are responsible for the fact that more and more people become overweight and obese. This in turn is one of the key factors for type 2 diabetes. “Translational research combines basic research and clinical application to elucidate why some people become fat and sick when eating an unhealthy diet rich in fats and carbohydrates, while others do not and why a certain therapy is not equally effective in all people with type 2 diabetes,” said Schürmann.

This year, Schürmann is also President of the Diabetes Congress of the German Diabetes Association (DDG), which will take place from May 24-27 in Hamburg.

Further information (German only)