Clinical Studies

Tape measure vs. body scanner: study investigates relationship between abdominal volume and metabolic state

Abdominal fat in overweight patients is a key indicator for metabolic syndrome (MetS). MetSScan, a new health study by the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in the Helmholtz Association, intends to find out whether metabolic state can be predicted more reliably using 3D scanners rather than traditional methods. The study, which is still […]

From a rare form of high blood pressure to new approaches to a global epidemic

A mutated, hyperactive enzyme causes life-threatening hypertension in the hereditary disease Bilginturan syndrome. Now, in a paper published in the journal Hypertension, a team of researchers headed by scientists from the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) shows that the syndrome differs from other blood pressure disorders because it leaves the functions of the heart, the major […]

Getting under the skin of allergies

MDC scientists working with colleagues at institutions around the world have published a study in Nature Communications that sheds light on the atopic march, an especially severe form of allergic disease progression. The researchers identified seven genetic risk loci for the atopic march. Prof. Young-Ae Lee wears two hats. As a pediatrician, she offers special […]

1000th MRI study participant at NAKO in Berlin-Buch

The 1000th study participant has completed the one-hour examination in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) belonging to the NAKO Study Center Berlin-Nord on the Berlin-Buch Campus. It’s Michael Cygan from Berlin. This was announced today by Prof. Thoralf Niendorf, head of the Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in […]

Neurodermatitis genes influence other allergies

There’s a typical “career” for some allergic people, and it starts very early on the skin: babies develop atopic dermatitis, food allergies may follow, then comes asthma and later on hay fever. A group of scientists led by Ingo Marenholz and Young-Ae Lee at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association […]