Cristoph Hasslacher is the Head Physician of the Medical Clinic of St Josefs Hospital, Heidelberg. He is the speaker for numerous professional societies and the ‘Diabetes and Kidney’ working group of the German Diabetes Society and is a former Vice President of the European Diabetic Nephropathy Study Group. His main research interests lie in diabetic nephropathy, hypertension and biomarkers of diabetic micro and macro-angiopathy. Professor Hasslacher studied medicine at the universities of Bonn and Heidelberg. He subsequently became Senior Physician then Full Professor in the Endocrinology and Metabolism Department of the Medical Clinic of the University of Heidelberg.