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The German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) is a national association that brings together experts in the field of diabetes research and combines basic research, translational research, epidemiology, and clinical applications. The DZD focus on all aspects of translational research is strengthened by a dedicated training program for early-career scientists and clinicians in the diabetes field which is organized by the DZD head office at the Helmholtz Center Munich. The following elements of the program DZD NEXT are open to graduate students of the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes:

DZD Diabetes Research School

The DZD Diabetes Research School presents a comprehensive symposium with exclusive lectures by internationally renowned scientists and inspiring discussion on topics in diabetes research to young scientists from all over the world. The focus on translational research is supported by speakers from industry besides talks from basic and clinical science. The participants present and discuss their own scientific results on posters. About 80 students at PhD and postdoc level meet at the school ahead of an important international diabetes research conference. Current topics in diabetes are introduced by worldwide leading scientists in an inspiring and casual atmosphere and the creation of a framework for young researchers to exchange ideas across disciplines and to build up a professional network. The next school will take place in Berlin, in September 2018. Each year, 3 places will be exclusively reserved for graduate students of the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes.

Internal DZD Satellite Workshops

PhD students from all DZD Diabetes Centers present and discuss their current research progress at the DZD Satellite Workshops. These Workshops are organized by the young scientists themselves ahead of the regular DZD Workshop at the respective DZD Diabetes Centers. Graduate students of the International Helmholtz Research School for Diabetes can take part in the DZD Satellite Workshops and actively practice their project management skills when DZD Workshops take place at the Helmholtz Center Munich.

DZD Training Courses from the Experts

Translational diabetes research requires scientists with a solid background in theory and methods. The DZD encompasses a broad spectrum of knowledge in different aspects of diabetes research and adjacent fields. DZD scientists share their specific expertise with the students by offering training courses covering theoretical and practical aspects of various specialized techniques. Besides technical trainings the courses also cover topics specifically related to translational science. In the course Translating science into clinical practice experts in technology tranfer and active consultance in this field explain the specific knowledge and skill sets required for the commercialization of scientific findings.

DZD Short Term international Research Stay and DZD Fellowship

Short term visits at collaborating DZD laboratories and short term research stays in international laboratories, respectively, are funded by the DZD to promote research collaborations, technology transfer and networking within the DZD research institutions and with international leaders in diabetes research.