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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

„The special feature of research at the DZD is the close interdisciplinary cooperation between different disciplines.“

Prof. Annette Schuermann, DZDSpeaker

DZD - German Center
for Diabetes Research

Düsseldorf, 16.05.2019

Football Training with a Focus on Kinesiology

The participating children of the SMS initiative completed a training session with the football trainer and former professional player Efthimios Kompodietas.


Wiesbaden, 02.05.2019

Personalized prevention of diabetes – relevance of subgroups

Statement at the DGIM press conference, May 6, 2019 The number of people in Germany diagnosed with diabetes is increasing. Currently about 7 million people suffer from diabetes, and by 2040, the number of people with type 2 diabetes is projected to increase up to twelve million. [1]. The number of excess deaths associated with diabetes is high, one in five individuals in Germany dies of diabetes [2]. These statistics highlight the urgent need for new, effective prevention measures and innovative forms of treatment.


Wiesbaden, 30.04.2019

DZG at DGIM: Research for People's Health

A focus of this year's 125th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Internal Medicine (DGIM) on May 4-7 in Wiesbaden will be on the German Centers for Health Research (DZG). In scientific symposia and at the joint stand, the DZG centers will present their current research results.


Düsseldorf, 26.03.2019

Moving More Together

The children of the SMS initiative train at the Düsseldorf Sports Club 1899.


Neuherberg, 26.03.2019

"Our medicine is research"

The aim of SYNERGIE, the new magazine published jointly by the German Centers of Health Research (DZG,) is to present modern medical research and provide a brief digest of the latest research findings. SYNERGIE seeks to show how interdisciplinary and networked research can help people attain better health.


Düsseldorf, 21.03.2019

The Basics for a Balanced Diet

The children taking part in the SMS initiative completed their nutrition pilot license on the occasion of March 7, 2019, Healthy Nutrition Day.


Dresden, 12.03.2019

New Shotgun Lipidomics Method for Molecular Profiling of Adipose Tissue

The Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden, a partner of the DZD, and the University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus joined their forces with Lipotype GmbH and developed a new shotgun lipidomics method for the molecular profiling of brown and white adipose tissue. The results of this collaborative work have now been published in the journal 'Molecular Metabolism'.


Potsdam-Rehbrücke, 11.03.2019

Insulin: Protective Adaptive Mechanism in the Brain

Insulin helps neurons produce a specific class of proteins that are important for brain health. This is the result of a study in mice by DZD scientists at DIfE published in the journal 'Molecular Metabolism': Animals administered the hormone through the nose expressed more of the protective proteins and ate less high-fat chow than mice that did not receive intranasal insulin.


Düsseldorf, 27.02.2019

Inspiring Children: Cooking with PFIFF

As part of the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit.”, elementary schoolchildren learn that a balanced diet is a key prerequisite for the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. The SMS initiative has just published a kids’ cookbook with many different recipe ideas from children, sponsors of the initiative and competitive athletes.


Düsseldorf, 19.02.2019

New Competence Center for Innovative Diabetes Therapy (KomIT) Funded by NRW and EU

Over the next three years, a new competence center will be established at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) with funds from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the EU amounting to around 3.5 million euros. The new competence center is to be set up in cooperation with a consortium of eight partners from industry and university research to promote the targeted development of new therapies for diabetes. The aim of the center coordinated by the DDZ is the efficient translation of innovative research results into clinical applications to improve patients’ diabetes management.


Neuherberg, 14.02.2019

The Lypla1 Gene Impacts Obesity in a Sex-Specific Manner

Susceptibility to obesity, insulin resistance and other cardio-metabolic traits may also be dependent on a person’s sex. An international research team of the University of California (UCLA), Helmholtz Zentrum München, a partner of the DZD, and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München studied sex differences and sex-specific interaction with the genetic background in cardio-metabolic phenotypes. The researchers discovered, among other things, a sex-specific obesity locus of the Lypla1 gene, which is associated with human obesity. The results of the study have now been published in Cell Metabolism.


Düsseldorf, 07.02.2019

Number of People with Type 2 Diabetes Projected to Increase to 12 Million in Germany by 2040

Currently, depending on the respective estimate, at least 7.2 percent of the population in Germany have diabetes, most of them type 2 diabetes. The number of people with diabetes will increase significantly in the next two decades. Scientists at the German Diabetes Center (DDZ) in Düsseldorf and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Berlin predict that in 20 years up to 12 million people in Germany could have type 2 diabetes. This would correspond to an increase of up to 77 percent between 2015 and 2040.


Düsseldorf, 06.02.2019

Genetic Variant Associated with Improved Glycemic Response to Metformin

Many individuals with type 2 diabetes take the diabetes drug metformin to improve their blood glucose levels. A team of scientists at the DZD partner German Diabetes Center (DDZ) has discovered that metformin is associated with a greater decrease in blood glucose levels in individuals recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes who carry a specific variant of the glucose transporter (GLUT2) gene than in individuals without this variant.


Düsseldorf, 06.02.2019

Active Start to a Healthy Life

Düsseldorf's largest sports club, the SFD '75, supports the initiative "SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit" in the fight against lifestyle-related diseases such as overweight and type 2 diabetes.


Düsseldorf, 05.02.2019

A Fun Approach to a Healthy Lifestyle

At PreSchoolSports, the children participating in the initiative “SMS. Be smart. Join in. Be fit.” can try out a wide range of sports activities.


Neuherberg, 31.01.2019

Identity crisis of satiety neurons leads to obesity

Obesity − as research in the past decade has shown − is first and foremost a brain disease. Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München, partners in the German Center for Diabetes Research, have now discovered a molecular switch that controls the function of satiety neurons and therefore body weight. The findings were published in the journal ‘Nature Metabolism’.


Düsseldorf, 30.01.2019

Diabetes Guide for the Düsseldorf Region: Up-to-Date Information

It is often not easy for people with diabetes to find information about relevant offerings and services in their vicinity. The Regional Innovation Network (RIN) Diabetes aims to close this gap and offers people with diabetes, family members, and other interested individuals a diabetes guide. This free information brochure gives the target group a quick and easy overview of offerings, contacts and addresses in the greater Düsseldorf area. In addition to the brochure, RIN Diabetes also provides an online version (www.rin-diabetes.de/wegweiser).


Neuherberg, 25.01.2019

Helmholtz scientists identify the causes of cortisone induced side effects

Patients undergoing long-term treatment with steroids may suffer from metabolic side effects. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), partners in the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), have now pinpointed a mechanism that leads to so-called steroid diabetes. Their findings have been published in ‘Nature Communications’.