Research & Projects

The IRTG 2251 is focused on the metabolic disease diabetes mellitus, including both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, with the aim to apply the most recent laboratory and clinical techniques to achieve results of the highest quality and relevance in both basic research and clinical application. Within the last few years there was a dramatic change in the field of diabetes regarding the curriculum of medical training and basic research. To become an expert in the field of diabetology and metabolism, young clinical and basic scientists need a broad and interdisciplinary education. The main topics within such a curriculum need to be internal medicine, endocrinology, surgery, transplantation medicine, immunology, use of different kinds of stem cells, encapsulation strategies, use of technical devices for the preservation of cells, regulatory aspects of GMP-procedures and state-of-the-art communication interfaces between patient/device and clinician.

The IRTG provides innovative research projects for highly talented PhD students who will be able to work among the best European research and clinical university structures both in TUD and at the KCL. The program will enable trainees to obtain cutting-edge knowledge in the fields of surgery, transplantation medicine, immunology, use of different kinds of stem cells, encapsulation strategies and the use of technical devices to understand, treat and even cure diabetes.