Vacancy for PhD student!
A PhD position in the DynaMORE Horizon 2020 project is open at the Kalisch-Lab! Take this opportunity to work with leading empirical and modelling experts, following a unique multidimensional and longitudinal approach to prevent stress-related mental disorders and to boost natural resilience. Contact the Kalisch-Lab now!
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Mainz (Germany) 25-27 September 2019
The 5th International Symposium on Resilience Research will take place from Sep 25 – 27, 2019, in Mainz, Germany (30 min from Frankfurt International Airport). The meeting will cover latest developments and breakthroughs in stress resilience research, both in animal models and in human studies. Click here for details & to access the full programme!
Berlin (Germany), 1-3 April 2019
The 2nd DynaMORE General Assembly (GA) Meeting took place in Germany’s capital, Berlin. It was great to welcome new PhD students and Postdocs who recently joined the project, to receive demonstrations of the mHealth device and planned interventions, and to see brand-new data from all work packages!
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“.
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.