German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrücke (DIfE)

Location
Arthur-Scheunert-Allee 114-116
14558 Potsdam Rehbrücke
Phone: +49 (0) 33200 88 2335
Fax: +49 (0)33200 88 72335
Website: www.dife.de

The mission of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke (DIfE) is to conduct experimental and clinical research in the field of nutrition and health. Scientists at the DIfE pursue these scientific goals by interdisciplinary cooperation comprising a broad spectrum of experimental, medical and epidemiological methods.

Therefore the researchers focus on three areas:

  • the role of nutritional habits and factors in the development of obesity and its complications, particularly type-2-diabetes,
  • the role of nutrition in healthy aging, in particular the effect of effect of nutrition on metabolic and functional decline in aging, and
  • the biological basis of food choice and nutritional behavior.

The aim is to understand the molecular basis of nutrition-dependent diseases, and to develop new strategies for prevention, treatment, and nutritional recommendations.

DIfE is an independent foundation and member of the Leibniz Association, an alliance of scientific institutions.

The Leibniz Association connects 96 independent research institutions that range in focus from the natural, engineering and environmental sciences via economics, spatial and social sciences to the humanities. Leibniz Institutes address issues of social, economic and ecological relevance. They conduct knowledge-driven and applied basic research, maintain scientific infrastructure and provide research-based services. The Leibniz Association identifies focus areas for knowledge transfer to policy-makers, academia, business and the public. Leibniz Institutes collaborate intensively with universities - in the form of "WissenschaftsCampi" (thematic partnerships between university and non-university research institutes), for example - as well as with industry and other partners at home and abroad. They are subject to an independent evaluation procedure that is unparalleled in its transparency. Due to the institutes' importance for the country as a whole, they are funded jointly by the Federation and the Länder, employing some 19,100 individuals, including 9,900 researchers. The entire budget of all the institutes is approximately 1.9 billion EUR.

Furthermore DIfE is one partner of the German Center for Diabetes Research that is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

10. Aug. 2020
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How Protein Protects against Fatty Liver

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24. Feb. 2020
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Rachel Lippert Heads New Junior Research Group “Neurocircuit Development and Function" at DIfE

► Since February 1st 2020 Dr. Rachel Lippert is the new head of the Junior Research Group “Neurocircuit Development and Function" at DIfE. (photo...

03. Jul. 2019
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Promising Approach: Prevent Diabetes with Intermittent Fasting

► Adipocytes (white) and islets of Langerhans (black arrows) in the pancreas of a diabetes-prone New Zealand Obese (NZO) mouse. Light microscope...

25. Jun. 2019
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Skipping Meat on Occasion May Protect Against Type 2 Diabetes

Thomas Laeger with first author Teresa Castaño-Martinez (center) and a technical assistant in the laboratory of the Department of...

15. Sep. 2017
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Mixing Artificial Sweeteners Inhibits Bitter Taste Receptors

► Sweetener saccharin (photo: DIfE)

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17. Mar. 2017
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Men with Impaired Glucose Metabolism Should Avoid High-Carbohydrate Foods in the Evening

► Participant of a nutritional study is talking to a study nurse. (Photo: Till Budde/DIfE)

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17. Mar. 2017
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Gene Variant in Conjunction with High-Fat Diet Linked to Increased Blood Pressure

► Genetic effects can be demonstrated in twins particularly well. (© Health Twist GmbH)

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17. Mar. 2017
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Epigenetic Changes Promote Development of Fatty Liver in Mouse and Man

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17. Mar. 2017
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High-Protein Diets Reduce Liver Fat

► Peas contain lots of protein. (© DIfE)

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17. Mar. 2017
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Diabetes Drug May Improve Bone Fat-induced Defects of Fracture Healing

► A large number of preadipocytes can be identified or analyzed by the FACS® (Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting) analysis. (© Till Budde/DIfE)...

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