Research projects

In the six research areas of the IFB (see below) work about 100 scientists. They scrutinze the causes, consequences, therapy and prevention approaches of obesity and its associated diseases. An external board monitors the different research projects within these areas.



Different hormones, so called adipokines, are produced in fat cells (adipocytes). These adipokines influence amongst others the human metabolism. Thus, the fat tissue is more than an energy depot.

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Obesity genes

Up to 70 percent of the heritability of the human body weight is ascribed to the genes and their interactions with environmental factors. The obesity risk genes are mainly active in the brain.

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adipöse Kinder - Jugendliche

Obesity in children

Severe overweight in children or adolescents means a high risk for adiposity in adulthood. Already young patients can develop the diseases associated with obesity, such as type-2-diabetes.

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Adipositas Chirurgie

Obesity surgery

Obesity or bariatric surgery has gained acceptance in the previous years. The number of operations has grown strongly. The IFB examins the operation methods and their effects scientifically.

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Neuro imaging

Modern imaging methods like positron emission tomography allow the exact depiction of brain structures and functions, as well as of the distribution and amount of neuro transmitters such as dopamine.

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psychosoz. Adipositas Aspekte

Psychosocial aspects

Psychosocial aspects like the living and working conditions, education, family, and social contacts are important for the emergence and the perpetuation of adiposity and its associated diseases.

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