The endocrinologist and geneticist Jens C. Brüning took up the position of Director at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research (MPI for Neurological Research until June 2013) in February 2012. He gained his doctorate (1993) at the University of Cologne. Here, he was awarded the venia legendi for Internal Medicine/Endocrinology (2002). As a researcher, he is interested in the (neuronal) regulation of energy and glucose metabolism in connection with age-associated (e.g., type 2 diabetes) and neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Morbus Alzheimer, Morbus Parkinson). He already received numerous international awards for his progression made in metabolism regulation. In 2009, he was honoured with the “Ernst Jung-Preis für Medizin”; in 2008, he received the “Minkowski-Price” of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes preceded by the “Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz-Preis” of the German Research Association in 2007. The “Wilhelm Vaillant-Preis” as well as the “Ferdinand Bertram-Preis” of the German Diabetes Association were committed to him in 2005. Already in 2001 he was received the distinction “Ernst und Berta Scharrer-Preis” of the German Association for Endocrinology.