German Diabetes Center

The German Diabetes Center (DDZ) is an interdisciplinary research institution which links molecular and cell biological basic research with clinical and epidemiological research approaches. The mission of the DDZ is to develop new approaches to prevention, early detection and diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, the DDZ seeks to improve both diabetes therapy and the treatment of its complications as well as the epidemiological data.


Associated groups

  • Prof. Dr. Oliver Kuß, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Rathmann, Dr. Sabine Schlesinger
    Institute for Biometrics and Epidemiology
  • Prof. Dr. Hadi Al-Hasani, Dr. Birgit Knebel, Dr. Stefan Lehr, Dr. Jürgen Weiß
    Institute for Clinical Biochemistry and Pathobiochemistry
  • Prof. Dr. Eckhard Lammert, Dr. Bengt-Frederik Belgardt
    Institute for Vascular and Islet Cell Biology
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Andrea Icks, Dr. Silke Andrich
    Institute for Health Services Research and Health Economics
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Roden, Prof. Dr. Christian Herder, Dr. Jong-Hee Hwang, Dr. Sandra Trenkamp
    Institute for Clinical Diabetology

Contribution to the DZD research program

  • Organization and development of the German Diabetes Study on the course of diabetes and its long-term complications
  • Development and evaluation of new methods for the characterization of diabetes and its long-term complications
  • Epidemiology and prediction of diabetes using biomarkers in large cohort studies
  • Studies on the role of inflammation, energy metabolism and mitochondrial function in the individual response to preventive and therapeutic measures
  • Participation in the clinical studies of the DZD


Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Michael Roden

Scientific Director
German Diabetes Center


German Diabetes Center
Auf’m Hennekamp 65
40225 Düsseldorf

+49(0)211 3382-201


Listen to the podcast (in German only) with Prof. Michael Roden talking about the aims of the German Diabetes Study.