Our DynaM-OBS study has started!
The aim of DynaM-OBS is to develop an in silico model of stress resilience, which can serve as a base for predicting resilience and mental health. Based on this study, we will create interventions that help people cope with difficult life situations. These will be developed and tested in our future study DynaM-INT. If you are interested to support our DynaM-OBS study as a participant and live in Berlin, Mainz, Nijmegen, Tel Aviv, or Warsaw, please click here!
New Video: Modelling Resilience
In this new video, Prof. Dr. Jens Timmer and Prof. Dr. Harald Binder, both experts on mathematical modelling and applying such models to real-world scenarios, explain the idea and methodology behind modelling stressor load and stress resilience for the DynaMORE project.
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VIRTUAL Resilience Symposium, September 2020
The conference covers the latest developments and breakthroughs in stress resilience research, both in animal models and in human studies. One focus this year will be the question of potential positive effects of adversity, strengths that individuals might develop under stress, inoculation, mastery, self-efficacy. There will be a special session on resilience in the Corona crisis.
3rd Donders Summer School on Stress and Cognition rescheduled to 2021
The Corona pandemic has been and continues to be a challenge for all of us. Unfortunately, we had to reschedule the 3rd Donders Summer School on Stress and Cognition in Nijmegen, planned for July this year, to July 5th-9th 2021. More information will follow in due time!
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.
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.