The importance of research in psychology and mental health issues continues to spread farther in today’s global society. As both TU Dresden and King’s College London are pioneering work in several research fields within Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences, with the goal to deepen the understanding of the single aspects, the transCampus network is expanding its horizon in this field. Starting with various single collaboration projects, a new network on Mental Disorders has been established in 2019 with the aim of building new interdisciplinary research centres and jointly training students and PhD-students.
In 2019, the first transCampus Workshop on Mental Disorders took place in Dresden and the already established interest in furthering the cooperation between TUD and KCL in the field of mental health research was fruitful: The groundwork for the next joint PhD programme Group on Risks and Pathomechanisms of Affective Disorders within the transCampus had been built. Under the guide of Prof. Michael Bauer (TUD), a joint PhD agreement in Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience has been signed, serving as the basis for the new joint PhD programme. Involved are the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s, and the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the University Hospital Dresden as well as the Faculty of Psychology at TU Dresden.