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Integrated Research and Treatment Center (IFB) AdiposityDiseases

​​​The IFB AdiposityDiseases was established as a joint institution of the Faculty of Medicine at Leipzig University and University of Leipzig Medical Center (coordinator: Prof. Dr. Michael Stumvoll​) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research with approximately 45 million euros from 2010 to 2020. This funding enabled research and the treatment of morbid overweight (obesity) and its associated diseases in children, adolescents and adults in a broad range that was unique in Germany. The focus was on interdisciplinarity in clinical studies and basic research. Researchers from different disciplines worked together in six research areas, which concentrated on hormones, genetics, childhood obesity, obesity surgery, neuroimaging and psychosocial aspects. In addition to a total of seven junior research groups, there were five professorships, which were continued at the University of Leipzig. Through the IFB, an even closer networking between many different clinics and institutes of the University Medicine Leipzig could be achieved. Many of the scientific activities can be further treated and deepened in the future at the Helmholtz Center for Metabolism, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG).​

IFB-Professorships (alphabetically sorted)

​Bariatric Surgery

Portrait Prof. Dr. Arne Dietrich Prof. Dr. Arne Dietrich

Phone: +49 341 - 97 17230
Information (in German)

Endocrinology​ of Obesity

Portrait Prof. Dr. Mathias Fasshauer Prof. Dr. Mathias Fasshauer

Justus-Liebig-University​ Gießen

Molecular Imaging​​

Portrait Prof. Dr. Swen Hesse Prof. Dr. Swen Hesse

Phone: +49 341 - 97 18081​
Information (in German)​​

Behavioural Medicine

Portrait Prof. Dr. Anja Hilbert Prof. Dr. Anja Hilbert

Phone: +49341 - 97 15361

Obesity Genetics & Diabetes

Portrait Prof. Dr. Peter Kovacs Prof. Dr. Peter Kovacs

TPhone: +49341 - 97 15892

IFB-Junior Research Groups

2015 – 2020

Neuroendocrine Mechanisms

Prof. Dr. Wiebke Fenske
Appointed to the University Hopsital Bonn since 2020
Information (in German)

Neuroimage Genetics

Prof. Dr. Annette Horstmann
Appointed to the University of Helsinki since 2019


Prof. Dr. Claudia Luck-Sikorski
Appointed to the SRH University of Health since 2016 

2010 – 2015

Pediatric prevention

PD Dr. Susann Weihrauch-Blüher
University Hospital Halle (Saale)

Animal Models

PD Dr. Nora Klöting

Reward Cicuits

Prof. Dr. Jane Neumann
Information (in German)

Functional Genetics

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Böttcher

Study Participation

Would you like to participate in an obesity clinical trial?
Our current studies:

Here you can find current research projects of the Faculty of Medicine at Leipzig University:

Obesity Treatment

Leipzig University Medical Center offers a wide range of treatments for children, adolescents and adults with obesity. In addition to a professionally guided interdisciplinary treatment, it is also possible to exchange ideas with each other within self-help groups.

You can find more information about the treatment options and contact persons here:​

Children and adolescents up to the age of 18

Liebigstr. 20a
04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 - 97 20729


Philipp-Rosenthal-Str. 27
04103 Leipzig
Phone+49 341 - 97 12418
Information​ (in German)



Leipzig University Medical Center

Prof. Dr. Michael Stumvoll (coordinator)
Sarah Victoria Frenzel (contact person)

Philipp-Rosenthal-Straße 27
04103 Leipzig