Welcome to the second announcement of the
Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference!

In this storytelling, you will learn more about the concept of the conference. The ingenious blend of highly specific lectures on detailed questions of diabetes research in the plenum, thematically arranged discussion sessions, well-timed breaks, and not least social events will create a relaxed atmosphere that will invite the exchange of ideas.

Concept and contents by Sonja Duggen

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Additional information at: #HelmholtzDiabetes2017


Scientific Concept

At this conference, experts from all areas of diabetes research will present the latest findings.



Furthermore, each year the conference focuses on a different aspect in order to thoroughly elucidate the underlying mechanisms of the metabolic disease and to ultimately develop a cure. This year, the organizer Matthias Tschöp and the co-organizer Susanna Hofmann are directing a spotlight on the molecular basis of exercise-induced adaptations.

The participation of leading diabetes researchers ensures highly specialized contributions. The speakers can talk directly about their current research work.

This efficient approach makes it possible to discuss detailed questions in a short time and to gather new ideas and suggestions for solutions. Expertise and efficiency are the fuel of this conference that drives the projects forward and thus advances approaches to treatment!


The following ten scientific sessions will take place:

  • Session 1: Systems Control of Energy Storage
  • Session 2: Incretin Biology
  • Session 3: Diabetes and the Brain
  • Session 4: Metabolic Liver Disease
  • Session 5: Systemic Control of Metabolism
  • Session 6: Role of Adipocyte Function
  • Session 7: Cellular Energy Metabolism
  • Session 8: Islet Biology & Beta Cell regeneration
  • Session 9: Energy Homeostasis and Ageing
  • Session 10: Exercise Metabolism

Stephan Herzig, co-organizer of the conference 2015, director of the Institute for Diabetes and Cancer, Helmholtz Zentrum München



Late Breaking Abstract Session

A special feature of this conference will be the Late Breaking Abstract Session, where young scientists meet with leading scientists in the field of diabetes.

Instead of the usual poster presentations, discussion groups in front of interactive screens will be arranged according to thematic areas and moderated by renowned researchers. Early-career scientists will have the opportunity here to discuss their current project with a leading expert in the relevant field. Each participant will have 15 minutes to informally present his or her data on an interactive screen to one established senior scientist.

In addition to the feedback, a joint brainstorming will be held for the successful implementation of the project. If you would like to take advantage of this unique opportunity as a committed early-career scientist, please apply here to participate in one of the scientific round table sessions.

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

Matthias von Herrath

"The Round Table Sessions are always very inspiring. Each time I learn a lot from the young scientists about molecular mechanisms while we are discussing the big picture. I'm looking forward to the next time."

Carolin Daniel, Young Investigator Group Leader, Type 1 Diabetes Immuntological Tolerance, Institute of Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum München

Type 1 Diabetes Immunological Tolerance

Carolin Daniel

 “The discussions were very intensive and ranged from basic research to the clinical application stage. The young people bring a lot of interesting new ideas.”

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Exchange and interaction are sources of inspiration for research. The premises of the Lenbach Palais offer many opportunities for informal conversations during breaks – either in the public space, so that anyone interested can spontaneously contribute or in a more private environment. In addition, the following parts of the program aim to strengthen the sense of togetherness and reduce barriers and reservations:
  • Common lunch and coffee breaks
  • Opening party
  • Munich city tours
  • Gig of the conference band “The Sugar Daddies”
You will experience how this relaxed atmosphere provides for a lively scientific exchange. Take the opportunity to launch new collaborations and through this exchange, give your research a boost and develop solutions and strategies to combat diabetes mellitus.

Prof. Dr. Matthias Tschöp, Organzier of the Helmholtz Nature-Medicine Diabetes Confernece. Head of the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity at Helmholtz Zentrum München, head of the Department of Metabolic Diseases at Technischen Universität München and scientific director of the Helmholtz Diabetes Center.

Institute for Diabetes and Obesity

Matthias Tschöp

"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!"

Learn more about the

5th Helmholtz-Nature Medicine Diabetes Conference!

In the next storytelling installment we will give you insight into the climax of the conference: The presentation of the latest young rising diabetes stars will be honored with the Novo Nordisk — Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes Award (HeIDi).

Look forward to the next storytelling installment with statements by the award winners of the last conferences and share our enthusiasm about the 17th of September!

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