Information about Widespread Diseases at the German Unity Day Celebration

Information about the widespread diseases diabetes, cancer and dementia generated much interest among the 450,000 guests who attended the German Unity Day celebration in Dresden (October 1st to 3rd). On the “Science Mile”, they visited the joint stand “University Medicine Dresden”, which contained exhibits of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID), the Medical Faculty of TU Dresden, the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, the German Consortium for Translational Cancer Research and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.

Numerous visitors, including some prominent guests, took the opportunity and tested their personal risk of developing type 2 diabetes. "Nearly 1,000 people have taken the DIfE - German DIABETES RISK TEST®," said Astrid Glaser, managing director of the DZD. Many visitors were also advised by scientists on how to avoid diabetes.

The fascinating health topics also attracted some prominent people to the joint stand. For example, Stanislaw Tillich, Minister President of the Free State of Saxony, informed himself about the German Center for Diabetes Research DZD. Moreover, three Saxon ministers visited the stand: Dr. Eva-Maria Stange (Saxon State Minister of Science and the Arts), Martin Dulig (Saxon State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labor and Transport) and Thomas Schmidt (Saxon State Minister of Environment and Agriculture). Schmidt was particularly interested in information on the topic "impact of environmental factors on the risk of diabetes". He said that this would also be interesting for the future initiative simul+.