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 DZD stands for research to benefit people with diabetes."

Prof. Andreas Birkenfeld, DZD-Sprecher

„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



Research for a Future
without Diabetes

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

Prof. Annette Schuermann, DZD Speaker

DZD - German Center
for Diabetes Research

Berlin / Neuherberg, 22.05.2023

Timo Müller Awarded with Werner Creutzfeldt Prize

The German Diabetes Association (DDG) awards this year's Werner Creutzfeldt Prize to Helmholtz Munich scientist PD Dr Timo Müller for his exceptional work in the research field of Incretin-based diabetes and obesity. This is already the second time in a row, that a scientist from Helmholtz Munich has been awarded with this prestigious award for their research on diabetes mellitus. Last year's Werner Creutzfeldt Prize went to Prof Dr Stephan Herzig, Head of the Helmholtz Munich Diabetes Center and Director of the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer. This highlights the outstanding expertise in the field of diabetes research at Helmholtz Munich.

Timo Müller has been working on the treatment and understanding of diabetes since 2009, when he transferred to the Metabolic Disease Institute at the University of Cincinnati, USA, as a postdoctoral fellow. Ever since he returned to Germany in 2011, he is leading the Division of Molecular Pharmacology at the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO) at Helmholtz Munich. In addition, he functions as acting Director of the IDO since 2018.

Among his numerous research discoveries, he identified different receptors regulating energy metabolism and developed several novel pharmacological strategies to target beta cells for diabetes remission, and for treatment of type-2 diabetes and obesity, just to name a few. His findings were published in high-ranking journals such as Cell, Cell Metabolism, Nature Medicine and Nature Metabolism.

With his focus on molecular pharmacology, he strives to unravel mechanisms linked to obesity and diabetes. Timo Müllers goal is to develop incretin-based pharmacotherapies for the treatment of obesity and diabetes.

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About the award
The Werner Creutzfeldt Prize of the DDG, endowed with 10,000 euros and donated by the company Lilly Deutschland GmbH, is awarded to researching physicians and scientists for extraordinary work in the field of pathophysiology and therapy of diabetes mellitus, with a special focus on the field of "gastrointestinal hormones".

Find out more about Timo Müller: click here 

Helmholtz Munich is a leading biomedical research center. Its mission is to develop breakthrough solutions for better health in a rapidly changing world. Interdisciplinary research teams focus on environmentally triggered diseases, especially the therapy and prevention of diabetes, obesity, allergies and chronic lung diseases. With the power of artificial intelligence and bioengineering, the researchers accelerate the translation to patients. Helmholtz Munich has more than 2,500 employees and is headquartered in Munich/Neuherberg. It is a member of the Helmholtz Association, with more than 43,000 employees and 18 research centers the largest scientific organization in Germany. More about Helmholtz Munich (Helmholtz Zentrum München Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt GmbH): 

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is a national association that brings together experts in the field of diabetes research and combines basic research, translational research, epidemiology and clinical applications. The aim is to develop novel strategies for personalized prevention and treatment of diabetes. Members are Helmholtz Munich – German Research Center for Environmental Health, the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf, the German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbrücke, the Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden of Helmholtz Munich at the University Medical Center Carl Gustav Carus of the TU Dresden and the Institute for Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Munich at the Eberhard-Karls-University of Tuebingen together with associated partners at the Universities in Heidelberg, Cologne, Leipzig, Lübeck and Munich.  

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