IN2D International Network on Diabetes and Depression

The Network

IN2D stands for International Network on Diabetes and Depression.
Our network project is based on a grant by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The network focuses on exchange between our partner institutions for the purpose of academic benefits, research advancement and cultural understanding. We offer help with both organization and funding of exchange activities for students, PhD candidates, investigators and university staff:

about IN2D

Our network consists of five partner universities, with strong support of associated non-university partner institutions. The collaboration of our institutions ensures high standard opportunities for students on academic and research level.

Technische Universität Dresden

The TU Dresden is the largest university in Saxony, Germany with approximately 37,000 students, 4,400 publicly funded staff members (among them over 500 professors) and approximately 3,500 externally funded staff members. Since June 2012 the TU Dresden is one of eleven German Universities of Excellence.


King's College London

King's College London as one of the world's top 20 universities was founded in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England. It`s the fourth oldest university in England. Today, it has nearly 26,000 students from 140 countries around the world and over 7,000 employees.


Flinders University & SAHMRI

Flinders University was established in 1966 and has nearly 25,000 students, among them more than 4,000 international students. It is one of the founding members of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) aiming to strengthen health and medical research capacity in South Australia.


Hong Kong University

The University of Hong-Kong was established in 1911. There are currently nearly 28,000 students enrolled at HKU, among them more than 4,000 students of Medicine. Within The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2014-2015, HKU reached position 43.


State University of New York

The SUNY Upstate Medical University was founded in 1834. It is the only academic medical center in Central New York. Currently, about 1,500 students are enrolled, among them 700 medical students. SUNY Upstate is affiliated with the State University of New York.


Why Diabetes and Depression?

Diabetes and depression are two major global epidemic challenges of our modern societies. According to the WHO, 347 million people are currently suffering from diabetes and about the same number from depression. Studies have shown that diabetic patients, both type 1 and type 2, are more likely to develop psychological disorders and to show alterations in their mental functioning. High rates of co-morbidity of depression and diabetes have been reported. The prevalence rate of depression is more than three-times higher in people with type 1 diabetes and nearly twice as high in people with type 2 diabetes compared to those without. Diabetic individuals with depressive symptoms have a severely lower diabetes specific quality of life. The mechanisms for this well established interdependence are yet not fully understood.

Studies have also shown a clear link between depression and the development of diabetes, proving that patients with depression have a 60% greater risk to develop type 2 diabetes. Of great importance for effective treatment, depression affects a patient's capacity to deal with their diabetes, including managing blood glucose levels appropriately and therefore metabolic and glycemic discrepancies occur, which then further intensifying the symptoms of depression, leading to a downward spiral. It has been well documented that the association of depression and type 2 diabetes is associated with reduced adherence to medication and self-care management, poor glycemic control, increased health care utilization, increased costs and elevated risk of complications, as well as mortality. Depression is associated with an almost 1.5-fold increased risk of mortality in people with diabetes. Elucidation of the underlying biological mechanisms would provide new opportunities for translation of research into improved clinical outcomes of diabetic patients.


Written and edited by internationally recognized clinicians, the book ‘Depression and Type 2 Diabetes’ offers a unique perspective on the outstanding controversies of the epidemiology, mechanisms and treatment of the depression-type 2 diabetes comorbidity. The publication was published by Oxford University Press in 2018 and was one of the major projects within the framework of the IN2D.


Network Objectives

Firstly, the IN2D aims at combining its strengths and to especially shed light on these biological mechanisms. Moreover, each partner is taking part in large patient studies relating to the topic with access to comprehensive patient samples.

Therefore, the IN2D, secondly, aims at sharing data bases to perform comparison among different ethnic groups. This approach will provide key information on how ethnicity and geographic difference have an impact on the onset and progression of diabetes and its complications

The overall aim of the IN2D is to enhance the ongoing research activities, to create synergies across disciplines and to promote new collaborations. All partners within the IN2D were selected due to their excellent know-how in the proposed research field and their complementary expertise in the research area.


Dresden Office

IN2D International Network on Diabetes and Depression

Department for Development and International Affairs
Technische Universität Dresden
School of Medicine

Fetscherstraße 74
01307 Dresden

Phone: +49 (0)351 458 19499