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How does diabetes mellitus develop? What are the contributing factors? How can the disease be prevented, treated, or even cured? The answers to these questions cannot be found by any single research group or institution acting alone. Only an integrative research approach uniting different disciplines can decipher the complex processes of diabetes pathogenesis.

From the lab to the patient – translational research

The aim of the DZD is to bring the findings and results of diabetes research from the laboratory to clinical trials and then to the patient as soon as possible in order to prevent and treat diabetes and avoid disease complications.

Basic research is an important prerequisite for the development of new approaches to prevention and treatment. Personalized medical strategies require a detailed knowledge of the genetics and metabolic pathways at both the level of the single cell and of the entire organism. It is also essential to decipher the complex interplay of genes, lifestyle and environmental factors in the development of diabetes. Therefore, at the German Center for Diabetes Research, experts from different disciplines, such as basic researchers, epidemiologists, health care researchers and clinicians, are collaborating on new personalized prevention and therapy concepts.