Professor Dan Ziegler studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg and then went to the University of Düsseldorf, where he completed his training as an internist, endocrinologist and diabetologist. In 1992 he completed his Habilitation (postdoctoral university degree with lecture qualification) and in 1998 was appointed Associate Professor of Internal Medicine. Since 2011 Professor Ziegler has been deputy director of the Institute for Clinical Diabetology at the DDZ. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding work, including the Jühling Prize of the Anna Wunderlich-Ernst Jühling Foundation in 1994, the Ferdinand Bertram Prize of the German Diabetes Society in 1996, the Camillo Golgi Prize der European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in 2010.
The research prize of the Dr. Udt. / Dr. med. h.c. Heinz Bürger-Büsing Foundation is endowed with 10,000 euros and has been awarded annually since 1994 to honor many years of pioneering work in the field of clinical or experimental diabetes research.