Interactive DZD Stand at the World Diabetes Day 2014 in Leipzig

On November 23, 2014 the central public event for World Diabetes Day with nearly 4,000 participants was held in the Congress Center Leipzig (CCL). The interactive stand of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) offered visitors a varied program. In their presentations, the DZD experts Prof. Peter Schwarz, Technische Universität Dresden, Prof. Hans Hauner, Technische Universität München, and Prof. Matthias Blüher, University Hospital Leipzig, updated the visitors on diabetes prevention, presented the ongoing studies of the DZD and provided information about diabetes in pregnancy and about obesity. After the presentations, the visitors had the opportunity to ask the experts at the DZD stand individual questions.

Many visitors took the opportunity to determine their personal diabetes risk with the DIfE GERMAN DIABETES RISK TEST® (link to the online test in German language). At headphones they could hear four patients telling about their experiences with diabetes. A peg game with questions and answers provided an entertaining way to check out one’s own knowledge about diabetes. Information material about the DZD and about the latest studies was also available at the stand.

DZD scientists at the DDG autumn meeting
On the two preceding days, November 21st and 22nd, the congress of the German Diabetes Society (DDG) was held jointly with the German Obesity Society (DAG) in Leipzig. At the opening event the DAG Medal was presented to Prof. Hans-Georg Joost, former DZD speaker and director of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE). The DAG research award was presented to Dr. Henrike Sell of the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) Düsseldorf, a partner in the DZD. The opening lecture on the evolution of obesity and the metabolic syndrome was given by Prof. Michael Stumvoll, University Hospital Leipzig – an associate partner of the DZD. In the sessions DZD scientists presented highlights from their research:

Prof. Matthias Tschöp (Helmholtz Zentrum München):
Regulation of metabolism in the brain
Prof. Andreas Pfeiffer (DIfE – German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke):
Influence of gut flora on metabolism and weight regulation /
New practice-relevant therapeutic approaches to influence glucose metabolism
Prof. Andreas Fritsche (Institute for Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tübingen):
Gestational diabetes: scientific perspective
Prof. Matthias Blüher (University Hospital Leipzig):
The obesity paradox /
When basal insulin alone is not sufficient /
Sport as diabetes therapy: science – update 2014