Identifying and examining risk factors and pathomechanisms for affective disorders will not only help researchers to better understand them, but advance the possibilities for early identification and possible treatments. Technische Universität Dresden and King’s College London are both leading centres in basic research and treatment of affective disorders. To further research affective disorders in joint projects, the proposal for an International Research Training Group with this specific focus was submitted to the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in February 2021.

Both King’s and TUD have pioneered the translation of results from basic science into clinical applications (and vice versa) using a multi-level and multi-method approach in the examination of risk factors and pathomechanisms to improve early identification, understanding and treatment of affective disorders. The proposed IRTG will support the research of 10 MD students in an international environment.

The key research goals of the proposed IRTG are the examination of risk factors and pathomechanisms of affective disorders following a multi-level and multi-method approach. They aim to improve the prevention, early identification as well as possible treatments of affective disorders. The research will help to further the already developed translational approaches, to aid in bridging the gap between basic research and its clinical applications and vice versa.

Results of the evaluation are expected in December 2021.

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