New DFG Research Training Group to Investigate Early Development of Type 2 Diabetes

What are the molecular mechanisms of the early development of type 2 diabetes? This question will be investigated at the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf (HHU) in collaboration with the DZD partner German Diabetes Center (DDZ). The German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund the new research training group (RTG) “vivid – in vivo investigations towards the early development of type 2 diabetes” from June 2020 for four and a half years with a total of around four million euros. The spokesperson of the RTG is Prof. Dr. Hadi Al-Hasani.

Prof. Dr. Hadi Al-Hasani. Source: DZD

In the research training group, scientists and doctoral students from the natural sciences and medicine will conduct joint research. They will be involved in one of seven interdisciplinary and interlinked research projects and investigate, among other things, how genetic influences and environmental factors contribute to the development of diabetes over the various phases of life. The program was jointly developed by the spokesperson Prof. Dr. Hadi Al-Hasani (DDZ - Leibniz Center for Diabetes Research at the HHU) and the deputy spokesperson Prof. Dr. Regina Ensenauer (Children's Hospital, Düsseldorf University Hospital and Max Rubner Institute (MRI) Karlsruhe).

A research training group offers its members a structured doctoral degree program in a first-class research environment. "With this structured promotion of young scientists, especially medical and clinical scientists, the research training group will contribute to a better understanding of diabetes," said Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, executive board member of the German Diabetes Center and director of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology at Düsseldorf University Hospital.

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