Scientific Coordinator

„CECAD stands for creating new synergies through a novel network of innovative minds and ideas. We link basic research and the application of new findings, pioneering new approaches for clinical research. Through translational research, we close the loop, linking disciplines and delivering therapies to patients faster.” (Prof. Dr. Jens C. Brüning)

Leibniz prize-winner Prof. Dr. Jens C. Brüning is CECAD´s scientific coordinator.

Jens Brüning studied medicine and gained his doctorate in 1993 from the University of Cologne. He then worked as a postdoc at Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA, from 1994 to 1997. From 1997 he was assistant professor at the University Hospital Cologne (Prof. Krone), and in 2001 he qualified as a doctor of Internal Medicine/Endocrinology. In 2002 he was awarded the venia legendi for Internal Medicine and obtained a C4 professorship in Genetics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Cologne – where he was the successor to Prof. Rajewsky. His research focus is the regulation of energy homeostasis in relation to obesity and diabetes.

Jens Brüning became CECAD´s scientific coordinator in 2007. He has held the position of Director of the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research since 2011. Furthermore, he also became Director of the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Preventive Medicine (ZEDP) at the University Hospital Cologne in 2011.

Deputy Scientific Coordinators are Prof. Dr. Thomas Langer, Pro-rector for Research and Junior Scholars at the University of Cologne, and Prof. Dr. Michael Hallek, Head of the Department of Internal Medicine I at the University Hospital Cologne.


Prof. Dr. Jens C. Brüning
CECAD Coordinator – Head of Research Area F, Principal Investigator – MPI for Metabolism Research
 +49 221 4726 202

Max-Planck-Institut für Stoffwechselforschung
Gleuler Str. 50
50931 Köln

Vice Spokespersons


Prof. Dr. Michael Hallek
Principal Investigator, Deputy Scientific Coordinator
 +49 221 478 4400

Klinik für Innere Medizin und CIO
Uniklinik Köln
Kerpener Str. 62
50937 Köln


Prof. Dr. Thomas Langer
Principal Investigator, Director of the MPI for Biology of Ageing
 +49 (0)221 37970 0

Max-Planck-Institut für Biologie des Alterns
Joseph-Stelzmann-Str. 9b
50931 Köln