DZD Awards for Young Scientists Conferred for the First Time


This year the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) held an award competition for young scientists for the first time. Young scientists of the five DZD partner institutes were invited to submit abstracts for presentations or posters they had presented at the major diabetes conferences during the year. The eleven award winners received the awards, each endowed with 1000 euros, at the DZD workshop in Munich on November 12th.

A panel of five renowned diabetes researchers evaluated the 44 applications submitted to the competition. In a ceremony at the official award dinner, the DZD speakers presented the award certificates and the checks to the winners under great applause of the 90 workshop participants.
The DZD Awards are a building block of the Training & Education Program of the DZD. The award competition is set to be held annually, along with the DZD grants and technical training courses on specific research methods that are offered at the sites for all DZD partners. Each of the DZD workshops to promote scientific exchange, which are held three times a year, are preceded by a satellite workshop in which doctoral students and postdocs can present their results among their peers and can make contacts. In addition, the DZD provides travel cost assistance for young scientists by means of DZD fellowship funding.

The winners of the DZD Awards 2012:
Marcel Blumensatt (DDZ, Düsseldorf)
Upregulation of miRNA-143 expression by secretory products from epicardial adipose tissue from patients with type 2 diabetes abrogates insulin action in cardiomyocytes

Maren Carstensen (DDZ, Düsseldorf)
Influence of intravenous and oral administration of lipids on inflammation in human fatty tissue

Ruth Chmiel (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich)
Immunization profiles and progression of islet autoimmunity in children at type 1 diabetes risk

Martin Heni (IDM, Tübingen)
Nasal insulin administration alters peripheral insulin sensitivity and at the same time the activity in specific brain regions of humans

Thomas Jelenik (DDZ, Düsseldorf)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and peripheral insulin resistance are associated with increased right ventricular oxidative stress in mice

Oliver Kluth (DIfE, Potsdam)
Contrary effects of gluco-lipotoxic conditions on islets of diabetes-susceptible and -resistant mouse strains

Julia Phieler (PLI, Dresden)
Complement C5a anaphylatoxin receptor (C5aR) contributes to macrophage accumulation and polarisation in adipose tissue inflammation

Esther Phielix (DDZ, Düsseldorf)
Altered electron enzyme kinetics between lean, obese and T2DM, but no impaired mitochondrial function upon short-term lipid exposure in young humans

Anna Lena Reinbeck (DDZ, Düsseldorf)
Toll-like receptor 4-deficiency increases insulin resistance and mitochondrial activity in the animal model of type 1 diabetes

Tina Sartorius (IDM, Tübingen)
Free fatty acid receptors (FFAR1) mediate effects of conjugated linoleic acid in brain

Anne-Cathrin Seltmann (DIfE, Potsdam)
An isocaloric high fat diet induces an inflammatory cytokine response in healthy humans without increasing body weight