Paul Langerhans Institute Receives Direct Funding from the Free State of Saxony

Professor Sabine von Schorlemer, Minister of the Saxon Ministry of Science and Art, visited the diabetes research center, the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) at the Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital, on November 13, 2013 – the day before World Diabetes Day – to learn about the current status of diabetes research. Since June 2013, the PLID, a partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research, has received direct funding from the Free State of Saxony.

“The massive annual healthcare costs illustrate the importance of medical research in the field of diabetes mellitus,” said Professor von Schorlemer with respect to the commitment of the Free State of Saxony. “It is essential that through basic research, new diabetes prevention and treatment options can be developed as quickly as possible.”
Professor Michele Solimena, spokesperson of the PLID, emphasized Dresden’s excellent standing in basic and translational research regarding the insulin-producing islet cells of the pancreas and in the field of islet-cell transplantation. In addition to its outstanding research and clinical application network, Dresden has established the first German professorship for diabetes prevention. Also in Dresden, the first successes were achieved in the vaccination against type 1 diabetes in high-risk children. With the vaccination, autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas can be delayed or even prevented.