Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Blüher

Prof. Dr. med. Matthias Blüher

Personal information

Blüher, Matthias, Prof. Dr. med.
Medical Department III – Endocrinology, Nephrology, Rheumatology
Helmholtz Institute for Metabolic, Obesity and Vascular Research (HI-MAG)
Leipzig University (UL)

Current position

Professor for Clinical Obesity Research (since 2019)
Director of the Helmholtz Institute for Metabolism, Obesity and Vasculature research at the Helmholtz Center Munich and the Leipzig University (since 2019)

Role within partner site

Transition to adult obesity; adult cohorts and tissue biobanks;

Relevant work experience

Clinician scientist in translational obesity research;

2005–2019 Professor of Molecular Endocrinology, Faculty of Medicine, Leipzig University

2006–2012 Head Clinical Research Group (KFO 152) „Atherobesity“

2004–2005 Professor of Molecular Endocrinology, University of Cologne

2003–2004 Head of the junior endocrine research group, Interdisciplinary Centre for Clinical Research (IZKF), Leipzig

Professional background

2006–2012 Board certifications in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Diabetology

2000–2003 Postdoctoral Fellowship at Joslin Diabetes Centre (C. R. Kahn), Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA with scholarship of the „Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina“

1998 Medical Thesis, Institute for Laboratory Medicine („Circadian rhythms of circulating lipid parameters“), Advisor: Prof. Richter

1990–1996 Medical School, Leipzig University

Main research focus

Obesity, type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, adipose tissue biology;


5 out of 555; Scopus h-index 84

Blüher M (2019). Obesity: global epidemiology and pathogenesis. Nat Rev Endocrinol 15:288–298. (~200 citations)

Blüher M (2020). Metabolically Healthy Obesity. Endocr Rev 41:405–420.

Klöting N, Blüher M et al (2007). Serum retinol-binding protein is more highly expressed in visceral than in subcutaneous adipose tissue and is a marker of intra-abdominal fat mass. Cell Metab 6:79–87.

Blüher M et al (2003). Extended longevity in mice lacking the insulin receptor in adipose tissue. Science 299:572–574. (~1000 citations)

Blüher M et al (2002). Adipose tissue selective insulin receptor knockout protects against obesity and obesity-related glucose intolerance. Dev Cell 2:25–38.


Vaspin in health and disease (KR10-0875301)

Nicotinamide-N-methyltransferase as a treatment target (PCT/EP2015/063041)

Follistatin-like protein and human diabetes (USA: #8895011; EU: #2921562; Japan: #5422799 & #5286602; JPA2010122148)

Additional information

Speaker: Speaker of the Collaborative Research Center CRC 1052: „Obesity mechanisms“ (since 2013);
Awards: Minkowski Award of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (2015), Research Award of the Dr. mult. Bürger-Büsing-Stiftung (2009), Rising Star Award of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (2009), Ferdinand-Bertram-Prize of the German Diabetes Association (2008), Obesity Research Award of the German Society for the Study of Obesity (2003);
Committees: President German Obesity Assocation (2016–2018), Vice President of the European Association of the Study of Diabetes (2018–2019):


One Team – One Vision

Prof. Dr. med. Antje Körner
Leipzig University
Department of Pediatrics
Liebigstr. 20a
04103 Leipzig
Phone: +49 341 97 26500

Prof. Dr. med. Reinhard Berner
University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus, TUD
Department of Pediatrics
Fetscherstr. 74
01307 Dresden
Phone: +49 351 458 2440


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