The past year was a particularly successful one for the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD). It was evaluated as “outstanding“ by the Scientific Advisory Board and independent external auditors. In the opinion of the evaluators, the DZD has made exceptional contributions to the field of diabetes, which have received international recognition. The annual report provides insight into the varied scientific work of the DZD, along with selected highlights from 2021.
A special focus is placed on the presentation of some selected research highlights from 2021: The analysis of one of the DZD multicenter studies showed that intensive lifestyle intervention coupled with lots of exercise can help those with a precursor to diabetes to improve their blood sugar levels and either delay or even prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes. In particular, people with prediabetes and at those at very high-risk benefit from intensive lifestyle interventions.
DZD researchers discovered previously unknown receptors that may create new possibilities for the drug-based treatment of diabetes: the insulin inhibitor receptor “Inceptor”. A model of “Inceptor“ can be found on the cover of the annual report.
Training and attracting young national and international talent is of particular importance for the DZD in order to be prepared for future challenges in the field of diabetes research and care. The young talent program DZD NEXT helps talented young scientists with advanced training, networking, and furthering their academic careers. With this, the DZD also contributes to making Germany an attractive location for young scientists. The annual report presents a wide range of offers and activities, such as the DZD International Diabetes Research School. In short interviews, two young scientists talk about their previous academic careers and the possibilities available to advance their research at the DZD.
Other topics include the seven key research areas (academies), the expansion of the research infrastructure, the current status of the multi-center studies, public relations highlights, and current figures and data from the DZD.
The annual report can be downloaded online (mostly in German).