DynaMORE Newsletter 3 – December 2019
Read about the project’s progress, achievements, open positions, upcoming events, our most recent publications, the new project video that is now available on YouTube, and a tasty Christmas cookie recipe!
PhD position open at Charité – start date: 1 April 2020
DynaMORE project video, 19 September 2019
The first introductory DynaMORE video just went public! Watch, like, and share it. Over the next months, more video clips will be published, covering DynaMORE’s key goals, its technical and conceptual challenges, information for study participants, and the project’s real-life impact and value. Stay tuned!
Mainz (Germany), 24 September 2019
On September 24th, the DRZ, DynaMORE, and intresa organised a well-attended pre-symposium workshop on methods in resilience research. Topics included ambulatory monitoring, network modelling, and longitudinal analyses.
Mainz (Germany) 25-27 September 2019
The 5th International Symposium on Resilience Research took place from September 25th – 27th 2019 in Mainz, Germany. The meeting covered the latest developments and breakthroughs in stress resilience research, both in animal models and in human studies. Click here to access the full programme!
Leuven (Netherlands), 20-22 March 2019
The first REAL workshop was a full success! There will be another workshop soon. The workshop consisted of sessions detailing the background of experience sampling methods (ESM) and ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods, a state-of-the-art overview of choices and considerations involved in questionnaire construction, study design, data collection, and data analyses using multilevel regression models (in R).
We are a multidisciplinary team of researchers with the joint goal of developing an in silico model of stress resilience. To do so, we monitor healthy at-risk individuals (18+ years old) during stressful life phases, such as transition into adulthood or higher education, training-to-street transition (police officers), or abruptly changed life situations (accident victims in recovery). Multiple longitudinal studies collect psychological, behavioural, neural, and physiological markers, and apply advanced mathematical modelling to identify key risk indicators and resilience factors. The ultimate goal is a prognostic tool for people to monitor their mental stability, and to intervene effectively before the personal „tipping point“.
WHY IT MATTERS
To this date, each year, more than half a billion people in the world are affected by anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or addiction. These conditions often occur as a consequence of stressors, such as traumatic events, challenging life circumstances, strenuous transition phases, or physical illness. In Europe alone, stress-related disorders are believed to cause direct and indirect economic costs of about 200 billion € every year. Despite ample research efforts into the cause of these disorders, the burden on affected individuals and society as a whole has further grown. We believe that, instead of focusing on disease, we need to understand what keeps us healthy.