A primary focus of the DZD is translational research – that is, the rapid translation of successful laboratory research into diagnostic, preventive and treatment methods. An example of how people benefit from research is the Fr1da study "Type 1 diabetes: early detection – optimal treatment at an early stage". The findings of the study can help to prevent severe metabolic imbalances.
Highlights from Diabetes Research
The DZD also presents research highlights in its annual report: For example, within the framework of the German Diabetes Study (GDS) scientists have identified five subtypes of diabetes. Depending on which subtype an affected person belongs to, the risk of secondary diseases such as fatty liver and damage to the eyes, nerves or kidneys varies. New insights into the structure of the insulin receptor (see cover picture) can help develop more effective types of insulin in the future.
New Research Structure
In order to be prepared for the challenges of diabetes research in the future, the DZD has expanded its research structure in recent years and established a total of seven translational academies on defined key topics, in which scientists collaborate successfully across disciplines. The annual report presents the new structure and the first results gained in the academies.
Other topics covered in the annual report include the international support program for young researchers, the expansion of research infrastructures, a photographic review of the DZD's anniversary, highlights from public relations work and current figures and data from the DZD.
The complete 2019 Annual Report is available for download on the DZD website.