The IFB AdiposityDiseases cooperates with institutions and associations in the medical, scientific and nutritional field.

University building near main campus at Augustusplatz, Leipzig.  (Foto: IFB Adipositas)
Buildings of the Universität Leipzig at the Universitätsstraße. (Photo: D. Gabel)

Networking with Research and Health Organisations

The IFB is a joint center of the Faculty of Medicine (University Leipzig) and the University Hospital Leipzig. Researching and treating obesity is tightly connected with these medical "parent organisations". The IFB strongly benefits from networking with research and medical institutes of the University Leipzig, e. g.:

The University Hospital Leipzig is an important partner for the IFB AdipsoityDiseases. Many researchers are also physicians in the University Hospital. About 14 differents disciplines are involved in IFB research projects. This leads to many positive synergetic effects for research. The outpatient clinics for obese patients were established at the University Hospital.

Furthermore, the IFB closely cooperates with the Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

The National Adiposity Alliance

In the National Adiposity Alliance which exists since December 2011, cooperate the IFB AdiposityDiseases. the Competence Network Adiposity and the National Genome Research Newtork Obesity of the Helmholtz Center in Munich. Members of these three leading institutions which are sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research discussed the present challenges in the field of obesity in a joint common workshop of the Danish Adiposity Newtork in 2011.

They decided to present their positions to the federal government and thereby influence the frame program for health research in Germany. The three institutions jointly strive to improve research and prevention measures.  They drafted a German strategy paper for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and an English strategy paper for the European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO).

Networking with Adiposity- and Nutrition Organisations

The IFB is networking with diverse organisations and programs in the field of

Adiposity research and treatment:

Nutrition and adiposity:

  Adiposity treatment programs:

        Doc Weight ® - is a multimodal, interdisciplinary therapy program for obesity stage II (BMI 35-40 kg/sqm) and its sequelae. The program has been established by the Federal Association of German Nutrition Medical Scientists (BDEM) in cooperation with the Association of Dieticians. The IFB and certain doctors' practices offer this program. The costs of 1705 Euros are partly covered by most health insurers.

        M.O.B.I.L.I.S - is a Germany-wide program to treat obese patients with a BMI of 30 to 40 kg/sqm in groups. The name is an abbreviation of: multicenter, organized, exercise-oriented initiative for autonomous life style intervention. The program was initiated by the department of preventive sports medicine of the University Hospital Freiburg and the Institute for Blood Circulation Research and Sports Medicine of the German Sports University Cologne. In many German cities there are M.O.B.I.L.I.S-groups - also in Leipzig. The IFB cooperates with M.O.B.I.L.I.S and the Faculty of Sports Science of the University Leipzig which is involved in the M.O.B.I.L.I.S-program in Leipzig. The costs of 685 Euros are covered up to 75 percent by most health insurers.

        Obeldicks - is a course program for obese children and adolescents and their parents. It is based on three pillars: nutritional, exercise, and behavioral therapy. The treatment team consists of  pediatricians, psychologists, nutritional scientists and physiotherapists. The program is offered by the outpatient clinic for obese children and youths at the University Hospital Leipzig and by several other hospitals in Germany. The strongly program ivolves parents of obese children. The costs are mostly covered by the health insurances.

        KLAKS - is a multidisciplinary therapy program for adipose children and adolescents with the age of 8 to 18 years. The 12-months program has been initiated in Leipzig and compises an exercise program of 90 minutes per week with a sports scientist to increase physical fitness, regular nutrional courses and behavior trainings. The program is medically and scientifically accompanied by the IFB and is beeing offered by the KLAKS association and the health sports association Leipzig. The program has shown to lead to weight and body fat reductions and it improves metabolic and further health values. The costs are mostly covered by the health insurance.

     Leipzig Adiposity-Management - is a longterm obesity treatment program for patients who are health insured at the AOK Plus Sachsen / Thüringen (health insurer in the region Saxony, Thuringia). This large health insurer and the University Hospital Leipzig have signed an agreement about a comprehensive therapy program for obese patients insured at this insurance company. The program is based on the treatment expertise of the IFB AdiposityDiseases. The above mentioned programs DocWeight and MOBILIS can be part of the Leipzig Adiposity-Management. Patients interested in this program can contact telephone number +49 (0)341 97-12418 or email to ambulanz [at] ifb-adipositas [dot] de. Parents of obese children and youths can contact +49 (0)341 97- 20729 or email to Adikids [at] uniklinik-leipzig [dot] de.