The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research and the states (Länder) where its partner institutions are located. The 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 DZD was founded in 2009. Members are the German Diabetes Center in Düsseldorf, German Institute of Human Nutrition in Potsdam-Rehbrücke, Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health, the Paul Langerhans Institute of Carl Gustav Carus University Hospital in Dresden and the Institute for Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of the Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tuebingen, the Science Association Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

Following the successful establishment of the DZD, working groups from the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the university hospitals in Heidelberg, Lübeck, Cologne and Leipzig were integrated as associated partners in the DZD.

Interdisciplinary research with a novel integrative approach

With this network of excellent research institutions, modern biomedical technologies, and new methods and research approaches, the DZD seeks to make a major contribution to elucidating the pathogenesis of the disease. Furthermore, it wants to develop evidence-based prevention, make advances in prevention and healthcare research, and finally to develop individualized, causal therapies. For this reason, several different research groups are investigating the risk, development, course and treatment possibilities of diabetes from various perspectives.

Active Research Network

Active Research Network

Within the DZD, more than 400 scientists actively pursue a translational research approach in their day-to-day work. Research stays for the scientists at DZD partner institute and regular workshops facilitate and intensify internal collaboration and communication. Promising inter-site research projects are funded with DZD grants. With an attractive grant program for young scientists, the DZD provides funding for promising young scientists in translational diabetes research and supports the formation of networks at an early stage in their careers.

The DZD was formally opened on November 9, 2010 by State Secretary Braun in Berlin.

"Alone in Germany around eight million people are affected by diabetes mellitus, and according to current estimates, just as many have undiagnosed diabetes or have a high diabetes risk", State Secretary Braun said in his speech in Berlin. "That is why it is of utmost importance that through the DZD, we create new perspectives for prevention, therapy and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. Here all of the insights gained from research and practice are utilized for the optimal benefit of the patients".

At the opening ceremony of the German Center for Diabetes Research: (from left to right) MinR Dr. Jan Grapentin, Federal Ministry for Education and Research, Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, CEO and President of Helmholtz Zentrum München, Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, German Diabetes Center Düsseldorf, Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Georg Joost, German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke, Dr. Nikolaus Blum, CFO of Helmholtz Zentrum München, Prof. Dr. Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Prof. Dr. Michele Solimena, University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus at Technical University of Dresden, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Hans-Ulrich Häring, University of Tübingen, Dr. Astrid Glaser, Head of the Office of the German Center for Diabetes Research, Martin Reichel, CEO of the German Center for Diabetes Research, and Dr. Helge Braun, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Photo: Ingo Kniest.

National Diabetes Information Portal

The DZD is co-editor of the national diabetes information portal Together with its partners Helmholtz Zentrum München and German Diabetes Center, it offers comprehensive information on this platform about diabetes mellitus and its prevention. The portal is independent, easy to understand and scientifically proven.

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Paul Langerhans - the face in the DZD's logo

The Portrait of Paul Langerhans (1847 – 1888) depicted in the logo of the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) symbolizes his importance for diabetes research.
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