Research for a Future
without Diabetes

„Research for a future without diabetes – this is the mission of the DZD that inspires and unites us.“

Prof. Martin Hrabě de Angelis, DZD board member

Research for a Future
without Diabetes

„The Germany-wide cooperation in the DZD ensures that multicenter studies can be carried out with the required number of participants.“

Prof. Michael Roden, DZD board member

Research for a Future
without Diabetes

„The DZD places particular importance on the fast transfer of lab results to patient care.“

Prof. Michele Solimena, DZD speaker

Press Releases 2017

Neuherberg, 18.07.2017

The German Council of Science and Humanities Lauds the German Centers for Health Research: Promising Model for Medical Research

The German Council of Science and Humanities has given the German Centers for Health Research (DZG) a positive assessment in recognition of the DZG’s outstanding achievements. According to the Council, the DZG are a suitable model to promote translational research in specific areas of disease. In the assessment, the advisory body for the Federal Government and the State Governments (Länder) certified that the six centers play an important role in the German science system and recommended their further development.


Potsdam-Rehbrücke, 28.06.2017

The New Biennial Report of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Has Now Been Published

The new Biennial Report 2015-2016 of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE), a member of the Leibniz Association, can now be accessed via the link . The report provides information on current research projects and other activities of the institute. From the beginning of July 2017 it is also possible to order printed copies via or via the telephone number +49 (0) 33200 88-2335.


Düsseldorf, 22.06.2017

Family Friendly: the DDZ Receives berufundfamilie Certificate

Nowadays it is not always easy to reconcile work, family and one’s private life. However, employers have a variety of solutions at their disposal to improve work-life balance. There are a lot of adjustments which can be made to ensure individually tailored, family-friendly offerings – from part-time work, parental leave, health-promoting measures such as sports facilities to flexible working hours. The German Diabetes Center (DDZ) supports its employees with a broad spectrum of offerings and has now received the berufundfamilie certificate for the third time in a row.


Tübingen, 12.06.2017

How Insuline in the Brain May Suppress the Subjective Feeling of Hunger

Insulin in the brain may help regulate the hunger sensation and improve functional connectivity in certain cognitive brain regions (default-mode network, DMN *) as well as in the hippocampus and hypothalamus. This is the finding of a new study by researchers at the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) in Tübingen.


Tübingen, 31.05.2017

Norbert Stefan Receives Werner Creutzfeldt Prize

Professor Norbert Stefan of University Hospital Tübingen has been awarded the 2017 Werner Creutzfeld Prize of the German Diabetes Association for his outstanding research work on the “identification of phenotypes of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes for a better understanding of diabetes mellitus and the implementation of innovative prevention and therapy concepts”.


Neuherberg, 30.05.2017

Carolin Daniel Receives 2017 Ernst Friedrich Pfeiffer Prize

The German Diabetes Association (DDG) has awarded Dr. Carolin Daniel of Helmholtz Zentrum München the 2017 Ernst Friedrich Pfeiffer Prize. The award ceremony took place at the DDG Annual Meeting on May 25, 2017 in Hamburg.


Düsseldorf, 26.05.2017

Professor Michael Roden Awarded the 2017 Paul Langerhans Medal of the German Diabetes Association

Professor Michael Roden, board member of the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) – Leibniz Institute for Diabetes Research, director of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetology at Düsseldorf University Hospital and board member of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD e.V), has received the highest distinction of the German Diabetes Association, the 2017 Paul Langerhans Medal. With the medal named after the German pathologist Paul Langerhans, the German Diabetes Association has been honoring top international researchers in diabetology for more than 40 years.


Düsseldorf, 26.05.2017

Excellent Beta Cell Research: Dr. Bengt-Frederik Belgardt Receives the 2017 Hellmut Mehnert Project Grant

At this year’s Annual Meeting of the German Diabetes Association (DDG) in Hamburg, Dr. Bengt-Frederik Belgardt received the 2017 Hellmut Mehnert Project Grant of the DDG. Currently the Deputy Director of the Institute for Beta Cell Biology at the German Diabetes Center is studying the pathological processes in beta cells during the development of diabetes. Belgardt convinced the jury with his proposal “Necrosis and necroptosis of pancreatic beta cells in type 2 diabetes”.


Düsseldorf, 24.05.2017

Primary School Children Visit the Botanical Garden: “Bananas and Tomatoes Don’t Grow in the Supermarket”

Tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers: The three nightshade plants originally come from Central and South America. Nowadays however, depending on the variety, they can be cultivated and harvested in Germany. The primary school children of the initiative "SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit. "of the German Diabetes Center were astonished and asked many questions during a guided tour through the Botanical Garden of the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf. Biologist Dr. Joachim Busch led the children from plants to trees and flowerbeds and explained how the individual plants are cultivated and which origin they have.


Neuherberg, 23.05.2017

Awards for Excellent Research: Six Prizes for DZD Scientists

The German Diabetes Association (DDG) will honor several researchers of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) at the DDG Congress in Hamburg on May 24th -27th. The highest distinction of the DDG, the Paul Langerhans Medal, goes to Professor Michael Roden, a board member of the DZD.


Neuherberg, 22.05.2017

The DZD at the DDG Diabetes Congress: Diabetes Epidemic: Trend Reversal through Translational Research

Diabetes mellitus has become a major health problem throughout the world. In Germany alone almost one in ten people suffers from the metabolic disease. The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) will present current research findings and new approaches to counteract this diabetic epidemic by means of translational research at the DDG Diabetes Congress (May 24th - 27th in Hamburg).


Neuherberg, 16.05.2017

2017 Hansen Family Award goes to Matthias Tschöp

Prof. Matthias Tschöp, Director of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center at Helmholtz Zentrum München, was awarded the 2017 Hansen Family Award. The prize endowed with 75,000 euros recognizes his discoveries in gut-brain signaling and the development of drug candidates, which are now in clinical trials for obesity and diabetes.


Neuherberg, 04.05.2017

Renowned Diabetes Experts and Young Researchers Exchange Ideas

More than 80 young scientists from all over the world informed themselves about the current status of diabetes research at the DZD Diabetes Research School DRS17 and the subsequent Insulin Receptor Meeting IR 2017, which took place from April 19th to April 22nd in Nice. International experts gave an overview of their research. The focus was on the translation of scientific results into clinical practice and new concepts for diabetes therapy.


Neuherberg, 02.05.2017

Invitation to the Press: DZD-Symposium

Scientific Symposium by the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) „Diabetesepidemie – Trendwende durch translationale Forschung“, Friday, May 26, 2017, 10:30 h to 12:00 h, room "Stolte", Neue Messe Hamburg. (German only)


Düsseldorf, 02.05.2017

Racing against Diabetes: DDZ Relay Teams Run in the Marathon in Düsseldorf

In sunny but windy weather, two relay teams of the German Diabetes Center took part on Sunday, April 30th, in the Metro Group Marathon in Düsseldorf. Altogether, eight runners took off at the starting line along with 12,000 other relay runners. As they passed Düsseldorf landmarks such as the Tonhalle, the TV tower, the harbor, and the Königsallee, the runners were spurred on by cheering crowds of onlookers.


Potsdam-Rehbrücke, 02.05.2017

Fatty Acids in the Blood Reflect the Amount of Dietary Fiber Intake

To estimate dietary fiber intake, researchers have previously depended on study participants’ self-reports of their dietary habits. Now scientists from the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner in the DZD, have found a new way of objectively evaluating and quantifying the individual intake of dietary fiber based on the blood plasma concentrations of certain fatty acids. In the future, the discovery may help to improve the informative value of dietary studies as well as to make individual diet recommendations more accurate.


Neuherberg, 28.04.2017

The swollen colon – cause of chronic inflammation discovered

Researchers at the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and the German Research Center for Environmental Health, Helmholtz Zentrum München have discovered that too much of the oncogene Bcl-3 leads to chronic intestinal diseases. They describe in ‘Nature Communications’ exactly how it throws the immune system off-balance.


Düsseldorf, 27.04.2017

Inspiring Kids to Eat Healthy Food

The children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be Smart. Join In. Be Fit.” earn their “aid” nutrition pilot license.


Neuherberg, 18.04.2017

Makrophages leave brown adipose tissue cold

Brown adipose tissue is considered a pharmacologically interesting target structure to treat obesity. When the "good" brown fat is activated, the metabolism is boosted, and the "bad" white fat deposits are broken down. Scientists led by Dr. Timo Müller of Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) and a partner in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), have now shown that macrophages do not activate this process, as previously thought. Their paper has now been published in 'Nature Medicine'.


Düsseldorf, 31.03.2017

SMS Initiative Honored for Special Commitment

The initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit." of the German Diabetes Center received an award from “We for Düsseldorf".


Potsdam-Rehbrücke, 16.03.2017

Diabetes Drug May Improve Bone Fat-induced Defects of Fracture Healing

Potsdam-Rehbruecke – A new study led by the German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE), a partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), shows that gliptins – well known from diabetes treatment – may oppose the detrimental effects of fat cell accumulation in the bone marrow to improve bone healing in older, overweight patients. The research team led by stem cell researchers Thomas H. Ambrosi and Tim J. Schulz has now published its findings in Cell Stem Cell (Ambrosi et al. 2017;


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