The Helmholtz Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference was launched in 2013 together with the journal Nature Medicine. With top stars of the diabetes scene and representatives of renowned research groups, along with selected young researchers it has become a fixed date on the international conference calendar. It is special - for sure, because of the outstanding, unpublished data shared here. But also, because of the well-conceived concept: Watch what makes this conference unique!
"When you are forced to play together in the same rhythm, over many songs, over an hour of music – that really teaches you also something about scientific collaboration!"
Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München, and head of the Department of Metabolic Diseases at Technischen Universität München, is scientific director of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center.
Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis, director of the Institute of Experimental Genetics at Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universität München, member of the board and speaker of the German Center for Diabetes Research.
Dr. Giles Yeo, Principal Research Associate, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge
Carolin Daniel – Backgroundvocals
Michaela Bauer, PhD Student, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München
Michaela Bauer – Backgroundvocals
Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, Scientific Director and CEO, Deutsches Diabetes Zentrum, Director Clinic of Endocrinology and Diabetology, Universitätsklinikum Düsseldorf
Michael Roden – Guitar
Prof. Dr. Ingo Bechmann, Director, Institute of Anatomy, Leipzig University
Prof. Dr. Matthias Blüher, head of the Obesity Outpatient Clinic, Clinic for Endocrinology and Nephrology, Medical Research Center, Leipzig University
Matthias Blüher – Keyboard
Prof. Dr. Günther Wess, CEO Helmholtz Zentrum München, Vice-President Health Helmholtz-Association
Prof. Dr. Michael Sattler, Director Institute of Structural Biology, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Chair of Biomolecular NMR-Spectroscopy at Technische Universität München
Prof. Dr. Michael Schwartz, Robert H. Williams Endowed Chair, Director of the UW Medicine Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence and Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the University of Washington
"Our collegues from around the world decide every year to show unpublished, new data – and that's what makes this conference so exciting!"
Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München, head of the Department of Metabolic Diseases at Technische Universität München, scientific director of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center
Bruce Spiegelman, Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at the Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Awarding Top Researchers and Young TalentsThe Helmholtz Diabetes Lifetime Award brings top scientists to Munich. For years they have significantly shaped international diabetes research. As climax and conclusion of the conference, the Lifetime Award winners give the Helmholtz Diabetes Lecture: a one-hour overview on the highest level of the development and status of the respective special area.
Bruce Spiegelman, Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at the Harvard Medical School in Boston
Bruce SpiegelmanIn 2015 the Helmholtz Diabetes Lifetime Award went to Bruce Spiegelman. He is considered to be the discoverer of beige adipose tissue, a new kind of adipose tissue. In his lecture Spiegelman presented the various control mechanisms of calorie burning ("thermogenesis") and outlined the probable function of the beige adipose tissue.
Jeffrey M. Friedman, Marilyn M. Simpson Professor, Rockefeller University, New York.
Young Talents Take the International Stage of Diabetes ResearchThe Novo Nordisk-Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes Award opens up the international stage of diabetes research for young, outstandingly talented scientists. Connected with the nomination is a brief presentation in the conference plenary session. A high-profile, independant, scientific jury selects the award winner on the basis of the results presented.
Matthew Rodeheffer, Assistant Professor for Comparative Medicine and Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University
Matthew RodehefferMatthew Rodeheffer from Yale University is the 2015 winner of the Novo Nordisk-Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes Award (HeIDi) for Young Scientists. Rodeheffer focuses on the molecular mechanisms that underlie the development of adipose tissue. The Novo Nordisk-Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes Award helps young, outstandingly talented scientists attain more visibility in the Science Community. Connected with the nomination is a brief presentation in the conference plenary session. In 2015 excellent young scientists – "rising stars" – from nine different countries presented their latest research results to the conference.
- Brian Finan, Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München
- Shingo Kajimura, Department of Cell and Tissue Biology of the University of California, San Francisco
Top Scientists Meet Talented Young Researchers at the Scientific Round TableThe Scientific Round Table Session brings young scientists together with top stars in their field. Young researchers from around the world get the opportunity to present their current work to experienced experts and to brainstorm for solutions. Talented young researchers apply to participate in a Scientific Round Table with a short presentation of their research topic.
Brennan Smith, young scientist
Brennan Smith“It is incredibly rewarding to sit across from an expert and to exchange questions. One really learns so much. I could have read many articles and textbooks and still not received so many suggestions as now within a few minutes.”
Sharma Yadhu, young scientist
Sharma Yadhu"The Round Table discussion is more effective than a poster session. One meets leading scientists and gets new ideas and future perspectives for one's own research."
Matthias von Herrath, Professor and Director, Center for Type 1 Diabetes Research La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology