Successfully fighting diabetes – new therapies, effective prevention

Partnerships and project funding

Well established partnerships and projects funded by renowned organizations strengthen expertise and reputation of Helmholtz Zentrum München in the field of diabetes research. 

Partner in the German Center For Diabetes Research (DZD)

The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is one of the indication-specific national centers for health research launched by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Here Helmholtz Zentrum München is one of five research partners, along with the German Diabetes Center (DDZ), the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE) and the Paul Langerhans Institutes of the University of Tübingen and Dresden  University Hospital.The DZD office is located at Helmholtz Zentrum München .Homepage of DZD

Networks in Munich

Helmholtz Zentrum München works hand in hand with the Munich elite universities – Technische Universität München (TUM) and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) – in building up a concerted diabetes research effort in Munich.

Epidemiologic studies focussing on diabetes

Determination of genetic profiles in cohorts and consortia (KORA, DIAGRAM /Diabetes Genetics Replication and Meta-Analysis, MAGIC /Meta-Analyses of Glucose and Insulin-related traits Consortium, etc.)

Labormedizinisches Zentrum of Competence Network Diabetes mellitus (LMZ-Diabetes)

Central platform for high quality, standardized measurement of specific diabetes relevant Parameters (genomics, metabolomics, immune platform, clinical chemistry)

Alexander von Humboldt Professorship

Prof. Matthias Tschöp, director of the Institute of Diabetes and Obesity, previously worked at the University of Cincinnati in the US. Upon the joint suggestion of Helmholtz Zentrum München and Technische Universität München, where he holds the Chair of Metabolic Diseases, he was the first health professional to be awarded the Humboldt Professorship in 2012.

The international award for research in Germany, which carries a cash prize of up to five million euros, is granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and financed by the German Ministry of Education and Research. With the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship, the foundation distinguishes internationally leading researchers working abroad. They are to conduct cutting-edge research at German universities on a sustainable basis.


Jointly with the leading German scientists at all levels of the value chain, Helmholtz Zentrum München is building a strong alliance on the research and cure of metabolic disorders. The Helmholtz Association subsidizes the ICEMED alliance (visual representation and therapy of environmental metabolic diseases) with 15 million euros for five years. An additional 15 million euros is spent on supporting the more than 30 affiliated Helmholtz Centers and universities.

The key research focus of the alliance is the central nervous system, which is involved in controlling all systemic metabolic processes and thus constitutes the crucial target organ of environmental impacts, such as hypercaloric diets and stress.

Project funding


  • Projects in the Competence Networks Diabetes and Obesity as well as in the DIAB-CORE network, among other things to identify new biomarkers, risk factors and to study the economic effect of diseases

  • as well as additional projects funded by the German Research Foundation, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the European Union