Celebrity visit at HMGU

Themed “Building the Future of Health” the inauguration of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center and the ground-breaking ceremony for the Helmholtz Pioneer Campus – the future talent incubator for bioengineering – took place on Tuesday. The ceremony was held in the presence of the Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder, the Chairman of the Supervisory Board MinDir'in Prof. Dr. Veronika von Messling and the Vice President of the Health Department of the Helmholtz Association Prof. Dr. Dirk Heinz.

With the Helmholtz Diabetes Center and the Pioneer Campus, Helmholtz Zentrum München continues to realize its vision for tomorrow's health research and bridges the gap between top international research and research translation. The two new facilities serve as models for interdisciplinary collaboration and use local synergies to solve global health issues.

Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder commented in his speech: “Health research is one of the most important challenges of the future. This center, in particular the diabetes research, is a tremendous opportunity for many people to improve their lives. Only with research and science we can shape our future and it is the government's responsibility to create the necessary space. The State of Bavaria must therefore invest to a greater extent in education and research, as we want to attract the best and brightest minds in the world. Helmholtz Zentrum München is one of the most important and strongest research centers in this country. We are proud to call Bavaria its home and look forward to continued success in excellence in research”.

Prof. Dr. med. Dr. h.c. Matthias H. Tschöp, Scientific Director of Helmholtz Zentrum München, emphasized: "In order to remain competitive in the race against environment-related diseases such as diabetes, asthma, allergies or lung diseases, we need the most innovative ideas and must bundle and use multiple disciplines and new technologies such as artificial intelligence even more effectively. The Helmholtz Pioneer Campus is a unique answer to these requirements in Europe. It offers space for highly talented early career researchers, whose vision will repeatedly transcend the boundaries of individual disciplines and thus provide transformative stimuli for research at this center. This will not only continue to benefit our internationally leading diabetes research, but also the scientific ecosystem of Munich and the Helmholtz Association as a whole. At Helmholtz Zentrum München, we are uniquely positioned to create sustainable solutions for the personalized health of the future."

After the ground-breaking ceremony, the guests of honor had the opportunity to experience the state-of-the-art laboratory equipment during a tour through the Diabetes Center. Next to the official get-together, a private meeting was held between the management, the Bavarian Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board. In this meeting, Prof. Dr. Fabian Theis, Director of the ICB, presented his research on artificial intelligence. The attendees were very impressed and continued their discussions with representatives of the works council. The guests enjoyed the beautiful weather on the roof terrace of the HDC and let the ceremony slowly come to an end.