Our third, high impact conference brings together international top leaders in the field of diabetes to facilitate the identification of, and potential solutions to, the preeminent scientific challenges facing the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. The conference will feature a focus on the brain in control of metabolism, and two award presentations: the Helmholtz Diabetes Lecture, in recognition of the lifetime achievements of a senior leader in the field, and the Novo Nordisk – Helmholtz Young Investigator in Diabetes (HeIDi) Award, in recognition of a rising star.

Image above: Dr. Chun-Xia Yi, Institute for Diabetes and
 Obesity HMGU, “Neurons”

September 19-21, 2015

Lenbach Palais
Ottostraße 6
80333 Munich


Focus Group DIO mouse models

Focus Group DIO mouse models

Several meetings of the Focus Group “DIO mouse models” took place during 2013 and 2014 with the most recent one during the Nature Medicine Conference in Munich, on September 20th, 2015. The Focus group members discussed the protocoll and endpoints of the planned mice study on DIO models as well as organisational aspects such as study sites and partner platform for data exchange at the ICEMED website.


6th Symposium on ultrahigh field MR

We are very much delighted to announce the 6th Scientific Symposium on Clinical Needs, Research Promises and Technical Solutions in Ultrahigh Field Magnetic Resonance, which will be held on Friday, June 26th 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Please save the date.

Goals and Objectives
The symposium is designed to provide an overview of state-of-the-art (pre)clinical ultrahigh field (UHF) MR, to discuss the clinical relevance of UHF MR, to explore future directions of UHF MR, to foster explorations into ultrahigh field MR and to initiate local, regional, national and international collaboration and last but not least to provide plenty of time to engage into fruitful exchange with your peers and colleagues.

The symposium is tailored to attract basic scientists, engineers, hardware professionals, translational researchers, clinical scientists, applied scientists and clinicians with all levels of experience and expertise ranging from undergraduate and graduate students interested in imaging to trainees, advanced users and applications experts.

Scientific Program
The scientific program comprises 4 sessions, all balancing technical developments and clinical applications. We are very much honored to present extraordinary (inter)national speakers including MR technology leaders and distinguished clinical experts, all bridging disciplinary boundaries and stimulating the imaging community to throw further weight behind the solution of unsolved problems and unmet clinical needs.

Poster Session
The scientific program will be paralleled by a poster session. We wish to encourage those of you who are prepared to walk the extra mileage. The best posters will be rewarded with a poster award. We are eagerly looking forward to your poster contributions.

Technical Exhibition and Social Event
The symposium will be supplemented by a technical exhibition, by an open day of the Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility (B.U.F.F.) as well as a social event.

Pre-Symposium Workshop on RF Coil Design
The 2015 symposium will be preceded by a workshop on RF coils: design, build and characterize your own. This workshop runs from June 23rd-25th and is part of the Lectures of MRI series of the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB). The RF coil workshop provides an overview of designing, constructing and testing RF coils for both animal and human scanners. Practical sessions will cover approximately ~50% of the course, in which participants will learn to build and characterize surface coils and volume resonators of their particular interests. The hands-on course is designed for basic scientists and engineers but also invites clinicians, radiographers, applications specialists and other MR users interested in gaining a better insight into RF coil technology.

Professional Child Care
On a special note; many of us know first-hand how challenging it can be to balance the needs of our families with the mission to advance science. To this end we are very pleased to offer professional child care for the course of the symposium and the social event. Please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can provide further details.

We warmly invite you to join us for the 6th Annual Scientific Symposium on Ultrahigh Field MR in Berlin. Please save the date. A visit to Berlin is always worth it. Alongside MR science, Berlin has numerous historical landmarks, cultural highlights and sport events to offer. Be Berlin.

Senior Annual ICEMED Meeting 2014, Berlin, September, 17-18, 2014

Senior Annual ICEMED Meeting 2014, Berlin, September, 17-18, 2014

At the Senior Annual ICEMED Meeting 2014 in Berlin, September 2014, all work package leaders, senior scientists, and scientific coordinators of the Alliance came together. The objective was to discuss progress and future projects of the consortium in preparation of the mid-term review by an independent and international panel in 2015. During this meeting the implementation of the challenges and recommendations given by the scientific advisory board of the alliance at the 1st Annual Meeting in July 2013 were discussed. All 25 work packages were presented by the respective scientists in charge with a special focus on collaboration within the work packages regarding research facilities/ methods and imaging techniques in metabolic disease.

Annual Junior ICEMED Meeting, University of Leipzig, July, 1st, 2014

Annual Junior ICEMED Meeting

At the Annual Junior ICEMED Meeting that was hosted by one of the partners at the University of Leipzig, July 1st, 2014, junior scientists (group leaders, post docs, graduate students of all ICEMED work packages) had the opportunity to present and discuss the progress and status of their projects in attendance of the scientific coordinators. This one-day meeting was a unique opportunity for all junior scientists to engage, interact, and form new collaborations within institutions of the ICEMED Alliance, particularly between imaging and metabolism research fields. In addition,
specific scientific lectures were held by senior scientists of the alliance. All
participants benefited from the exchange. The format of having an additional annual meeting for junior scientists of the alliance resulted from the very successful ICEMED – ComeCloser! Workshop held in Munich the year before.

ICEMED Annual Meeting 2013

ICEMED Annual Meeting 2013

Hotel “Feuriger Tatzlwurm”, Oberaudorf, Bavaria

Dear chairs of the Scientific Advisory Board and partners of the Helmholtz Alliance ICEMED – Imaging and Curing Environmental Metabolic Diseases,

we would like to invite you to

1st Annual meeting of the Helmholtz Alliance ICEMED
from the 1st to the 3rd of July 2013
Hotel “Feuriger Tatzlwurm” in Oberaudorf (Bavaria, D-83080).

This meeting represents one of the essential conferences of the Alliance and the entire Scientific Advisory Board will be attending this years meeting (next time in 3 years). This conference gives all members of the Alliance the unique opportunity to discuss their projects within ICEMED and get immediate feedback from the SAB.

We are looking forward to an exciting scientific programme and would like to encourage each work package leader to give an update and overview of your recent studies/findings/future plans.

We very much look forward to seeing you in Bavaria in July for some serious science and mountain climbing!

Best wishes and Grüss Gott,

Juliane for the coordinators Matthias Tschöp, Mathias Treier and Jon Shah

Focus Group Meeting May 2013

Icemed Focus Group Follow up Meeting

Munich, Helmholtz Zentrum München – May 13, 2013

Focus group:

1st Follow up meeting
DIO mouse model and diet composition
Munich 2013, May 13, 11.30am-4pm
Meet at Café/Bakery across the road from the institute for lunchsnacks&coffee
Seminar room at the Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (IDO)
Helmholtz Zentrum München
Business Campus Garching-Hochbrück
Parkring 13, 85748 Garching, Germany


Mauricio Berriel Diaz, DKFZ Heidelberg
Johannes Beckers, HMGU
Jan Rozman, German Mouse Clinic
Carola Meyer, HMGU
Juliane Kampe, HMGU
Petra Wiedmer, MDC Berlin (not attending)
Representative from MPI/Uni Cologne (Hella Broenneke) (not attending)

Agenda: excerpt from kick-off meeting protocol


Short term:
Establish inventory of current DIO mouse models of icemed partners (possibly non-icemed partners?)
Establish intranet platform+forum on icemed website (excel sheets, data sets, linked to icemed partners, interactive)
Define research goal for focus group publication (to provide information on relevant parameters before starting the experiment? What is already out there in the literature?
Organise 2nd focus group meeting mid may in Munich

Mid term:
Plan possible experiments (ie test different diets in one lab under similar research/laboratory conditions)

Long term:
Maintain/possibly extend icemed platform and forum on website

All – establish platform within icemed alliance for standard protocols for research diets/mouse models, publish in high impact journal

Outcome: What are the questions/tasks for the focus group?

What is the gold standard for the “perfect” mouse model for diabetes research with respect to diet and strain?

Most current models in the literature and clinical studies are performed in male animals (tricky to get females diabetic). How can the data be translated to female models?

Create and establish “ICEMED standard” and make visible/accessible on PLATFORM+FORUM on icemed website through intranet (important to keep it internal).

Internal recommendations on icemed website for research diets, mouse strains for specific endpoints and disease paramters.

Establish an inventory among icemed partners with respect to animal models (diet, age, mouse strain, supplier,…) and specific endpoint in animal research (obese, diabetic mousemodels)

Forum is essential: somebody needs to oversee information, update, define (ie which strain, supplier,…)

Draft questionnaire for all icemed partners for diet, mouse model to fill in:
Mouse strain (Jackson, …)
Diet (Research diets, …)