DynaMORE Newsletter 2 – May 2019
Click here to access the online version of our most recent newsletter, and feel free to subscribe to our mailing list. The project newsletter appears twice per year and is a worthwhile read for anyone who is interested in stress resilience and resilience research. This time, we are summarizing major advancements within DynaMORE, introducing a lot of new team members, postdocs, PhD students, and collaborators, and present our latest publication and info brochure.
2nd GA Meeting in Berlin, 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!
Both web and print version of DynaMORE info brochure available!
Mainz (Germany), 24 September 2019
Instead of the originally planned Spring School, the DRZ, DynaMORE, and intresa offer a pre-symposium workshop on methods in resilience research on Tuesday, September 24th 2019. Topics include ambulatory monitoring, network modelling, and longitudinal analyses. Participation is free. Register here!
Mainz (Germany) 25-27 September 2019
The 5th International Symposium on Resilience Research will take place from September 25th – 27th 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 register and submit abstracts & 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“.
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.