CRC 1052 "Obesity Mechanisms" Granted Third Funding Phase

May 25th, 2021

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has approved the third funding phase of the Leipzig CRC 1052 "Mechanisms of Obesity" with a total of €13 million for the next three and a half years under the direction of Matthias Blüher (University of Leipzig/HI-MAG).

In addition to Matthias Blüher, HI-MAG director and CRC spokesperson, HI-MAG scientists Nora Klöting and John Heiker are also part of the consortium and have successfully applied for the funding of their subprojects: „How do xenobiotics affect adipose tissue function and distribution?“,  "Targeted delivery of drugs to adipocytes by peptide-mediated shuttling in a new obesity mouse model" and "Molecular mechanisms of the vaspin-KLK7 axis in obesity and diabetes".

The CRC 1052 is an interdisciplinary joint project of the University of Leipzig, together with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ben Gurion University in Israel and, from the third funding phase onwards, also with the participation of the Helmholtz Zentrum München. The aim of the consortium is to investigate causal mechanisms of obesity, to better understand how obesity leads to secondary diseases and to develop the basis for new therapies. In the last funding period, promising results from the past 8 years of DFG funding will be transferred into practice, in addition to basic research.