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Door Opener Day with the Mouse at the Institute of Diabetes Research

On the occasion of the "Door Opener Day" campaign of the "Sendung mit der Maus" (WDR) TV program, the Institute of Diabetes Research (IDF) of the DZD partner Helmholtz Zentrum München opened its doors for around 50 children and their parents on October 3rd.

Quelle: IDF Helmholtz Zentrum München

Here, among other things, the young visitors learned that in corn (maize)  there is just under 1 gram of sugar– and thus much less than in an onion. They also learned how to isolate, view with a microscope and pipette DNA, how people with type 1 diabetes previously managed their autoimmune disease in everyday life, and what kind of technique they make use of today. One of the highlights was the "walk-in", oversized pancreas model.

In the meantime, the parents learned how a study is designed and conducted. They also gained insights into ongoing IDF studies, such as the Fr1da early detection screening study for all children in Bavaria and the international prevention study POInT, which uses oral insulin as a "vaccine" for type 1 diabetes. The POInT study is part of the vision "a world without 1" – a world without type 1 diabetes – of the Global Platform for the Prevention of Autoimmune Diabetes (GPPAD).