This section keeps you updated on any major developments throughout the course of the DynaMORE project.
The first face-to-face meeting after 2 years of the pandemic, took part from 6-8 April 2022 in Palma de Mallorca. It was a full success: Besides lots of fruitful discussions and catching up on the enormous progress made in all work packages, we mainly enjoyed and scientifically benefited from finally meeting in person again! What a beautiful location.
How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected our mental health? Moreover, are we able to bounce back from this? Answers to these questions come, at least in part, from the DynaMORE project. Read the full interview with various resilience researchers, including our scientific coordinator Prof. Raffael Kalisch, in the European Science-Media Hub.
Dr. Sarah Ayash is a postdoc at Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR) and investigates stress resilience. In part nine of our blog interview series, she explains how we can positively influence our own resilience. The interview also features the DynaMORE publication “Psycho-social factors associated with mental resilience in the Corona lockdown” (Veer et al. 2021).
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!
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.
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).
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!
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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The first results of how people are coping with the Corona crisis are in! Potential resilience factors, exposure to Corona-specific and general stressors, as well as internalizing symptoms were assessed online in 5000 adult Europeans: In comparison with other resilience factors, positive appraisal specifically of the consequences of the Corona crisis was the single strongest resilience factor. Positive appraisal style (PAS) was not only positively associated with resilience (p<0.001) but also mediated the positive association between perceived social support (PSS) and resilience (p<0.001). Resilience, as an outcome, was conceptualized as good mental health despite stressor exposure. Therefore, PAS and PSS can be seen as important modifiable protective factors that can be targeted by public mental health efforts in similar crisis situations in the future.
The corona crisis as a chance to strengthen your own resilience & to participate in resilience research: If you are 18 or older you can participate in our COVID-19 mental health study! If you like it, please also tell your friends, colleagues, and social network about it. Please select your language in the table below for more information. We highly appreciate your help. Let’s aim to spread this survey study faster than the virus & thank you for advancing our knowledge about human resilience in times of crisis!
– The DynaMORE team
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!
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.
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!
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!
Radboud University Medical Center invites applications for a PhD project in the field of cognitive / affective neuroscience. The project is embedded in the Cognitive Affective Neuroscience Laboratory (PI: Erno Hermans) at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour in Nijmegen (the Netherlands).
Welcome to the first edition of our half-yearly project newsletter! Check out what has happened since the project started, find out who we are and who are the leading brains behind the project, and read about past and upcoming events and the latest news in resilience research in genera. We’d be very happy to win you as a subscriber in our newsletter mailing list.