New video: In the MRI scanner for DynaMORE
For the large international DynaM-OBS and DynaM-INT studies, the participants’ brain activity is first scanned in the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner while performing various cognitive tasks. Study sites for these MRI scans are Berlin, Mainz, Warsaw, Nijmegen, and Tel Aviv. What happens in the MRI scanner? Which tasks are people subjected to, and why? How many people are participating? And what’s the procedure when coming in to do the scan? In this video, Dr. Ilya Veer, Dr. Carolin Wackerhagen, PhD student Antje Riepenhausen, and Master student Begüm Topaloglu are answering these questions!
New video: Leading the DynaM-OBS and DynaM-INT studies
Is resilience a given trait or an acquirable skill? How are the study subjects selected? What parameters are measured, and what if someone develops a mental disorder during the study? Prof. Henrik Walter from the Charité in Berlin answers these and many more questions about the two large studies of the project, DynaM-OBS and DynaM-INT, in this interview.
New video: How wearable mHealth devices can improve your mental health
Together with postdoctoral researcher Dr. Judith van Leeuwen, Dr. Erno Hermans from the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, demonstrates and explains the functionality and daily use of the wearable mHealth devices in this video (a smartwatch, developed by IMEC, coupled with a smartphone).
Save the date: #resilience2021 planned for 29 September – 1 October 2021
#resilience2021, the 7th International Symposium on Resilience Research is scheduled for 29 September – 1 October 2021. Suggestions for speakers and topics are more than welcome. Contact: Prof. Raffael Kalisch.
Save the date: 4th GA Meeting in Warsaw, Poland, from 14-16 April 2021
Depending on the COVID-19 situation at the time, the 4th DynaMORE General Assembly (GA) Meeting will take place either as a face-to-face meeting in Warsaw, Poland, or as a remote online meeting from 14-16 April 2021.
Successful ONLINE Resilience Symposium, September 2020
The conference covered the latest developments and breakthroughs in stress resilience research, both in animal models and in human studies. One focus this year was the question of potential positive effects of adversity, strengths that individuals might develop under stress, inoculation, mastery, self-efficacy. There was also a special session on resilience in the Corona crisis. The symposium was held as an all-online virtual conference. Posters and recorded talks are made available to view for six months exclusively to registered attendees. Check out www.lir-mainz.de/symposium for details.
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.