Curriculum 2018

27./28.01. + 03./04.02. Irtg module: Biomarkers in obesity
13. - 16.04. IRTG module: Animal models in obesity
29.06. - 03.07. IRTG module: Evolutionary genetics (in cooperation with MPI-EVA)
06. - 09.07. IRTG module: Social and psychological aspects of obesity
26. - 27.08. 1. International Symposium of the CRC 1052
07.-09.09. IRTG module: Special aspects of obesity
27. - 30.09. Summer school
02. - 04.11. IRTG module: Therapeutics targeting obesity
27./28.11. CRC retreat in Oppurg
Social and psychological aspects of obesity

"Social and psychological aspects of obesity"

Psychological and social aspects have a very important influence on the development and treatment of obesity. This module will familiarize students with current research in this field such as psychological studies and functional magnet resonance imaging.
The seminar will take place in Leipzig from 6 to 10 July 2015.


Monday, 6 July 2015

09:00–10:00  Brain and behavior in obesity
Annette Horstmann 


Neurobiology of obesity
Burkhard Pleger 
11:30–13:00  Practical demonstration of behavioral experiments


Tuesday, 7 July 2015


Introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Jane Neumann 
11:00–12:00  Eating and emotions
Burkhard Pleger/Juliana Melasch 
12:00–12:30 Modulation of eating behavior by means of non-invasive brain stimulation
Felicitas Grundeis


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

09:00–13:00  Aging and obesity (lecture and lab course)
Veronica Witte


Thursday, 9 July 2015

09:00–10:00  Stigma and obesity
Claudia Sikorski


Maximum number of participants: 12

Credit points: 1 (non-graded)

Venue: Max Planck Institute for Cognition and Brain Science, Stephanstraße 1a

If you want to attend the seminar, please register until 8 June by sending an e-mail to  Anja Pohl.

1. International symposium of CRC 1052

First International Symposium of the Collaborative Research Centre 1052

The CRC 1052 holds its first International Symposium on August 26 and 27 in Leipzig - in collaboration with the 11th NPY-PYY-PP Meeting (August 22–26).

 The symposium focuses on the following topics:

  • Central control of energy homeostasis
  • Feeding and obesity
  • Brown adipose tissue
  • Adipokines
  • Highlights in obesity - metabolism research in Germany.

Confirmed speakers at the symposium are: 

  • Triantafyllos Chavakis (Dresden)
  • Michael Cowley (Clayton)
  • Hans-Peter Hammes (Mannheim)
  • Herbert Herzog (Sydney)
  • Antje Körner (Leipzig)
  • Peter Kovacs (Leipzig)
  • Hendrik Lehnert (Lübeck)
  • Alexander Pfeifer (Bonn)
  • Tim Schulz (Potsdam)
  • Yu-Hua Tseng (Boston)
  • Kohjiro Ueki (Tokyo)
  • Siegfried Ussar (Munich)

The schedule of the symposium can be found here.

The symposium takes place at the Penta Hotel Leipzig.

For more information please contact Anja Pohl.

Special aspects of obesity

"Special aspects of obesity"


Monday, 7 September 2015

9:00–10:30 Size matters–at least for adipose tissue
Matthias Blüher
10:45–12:15 Brown adipose tissue
John Heiker
13:15–14:15 Obesity: Effects on lipid metabolism and cardiovascular disease
Ralph Burkhardt


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

9:00–13:00 Inflammation on the cellular level (lab course)
Anja Saalbach/Sandra Franz


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Martin Gericke
11:00–12:30 The melanocortin system in appetite regulation
Torsten Schöneberg
12:45–13:30 Regulation of adipose tissue accumulation and obesity in children
Kathrin Landgraf


Thursday, 10 September 2015

9:00–9:30 What is problem-based learning (PBL) and how does it work?
Assaf Rudich
9:30–10:30 Experience PBL session through case "Doctor, what is my obesity-related risk, and can you estimate it and treat me without surgery?"
Assaf Rudich/Tal Pecht
11:00–11:50 Circulating leucocytes on the immune–metabolic junction
Tal Pecht
12:00–12:50 Liver miRNAs as potential drivers in obesity reversal
Assaf Rudich

Set up:

Venue: Max-Bürger-Forschungszentrum, Johannisallee 30

Maximum number of participants: 10

Credit points: 1 (non-graded)

If you want to attend the course, please register by sending an e-mail to Anja Pohl by 12 August.

Therapeutics targeting obesity

Seminar "Therapeutics targeting obesity"

This course will give an overview of the research for drug targets and drug development in obesity and related diseases. Therapeutic strategies including surgery intervention will be discussed.


Monday, 2 November 2015

9:00–10:30 Leipzig Obesity Management
Sarah Victoria Schwalm
10:45–12:15 Bariatric surgery
Arne Dietrich
13:15–14:15 Dietetic treatment of obese patients
Tatjana Schütz


Tuesday, 3 November 2015

9:00–10:30 Pharmacotherapy of obesity
Matthias Blüher
10:45–12:15 Clinical studies with Leptin in treating obesity
Mathias Faßhauer


Wednesday, 4 November 2015

9:00–10:30 Endocannabinoids–Targeting points in treating obesity
Marco Koch
10:45–12:15 "Grünau bewegt sich" – An obesity prevention program for children/
Challenges in treating children for obesity
Ulrike Spielau

Set up:

Venue: tbd

Credit points: 1 (non-graded)

If you want to attend the course, please register by sending an e-mail to Anja Pohl by 2 October.