The IRTG 2773 “Risks and Pathomechanics of Affective Disorders” successfully hosted its first Summer school from 6 to 8 June 2023.

During those three days, PhD students as well as their PIs were listeners to various speeches in the fields of Psychiatry and Neurosciences given, among other international guests, by members of both transCampus institutions King’s and TUD. In addition, multiple panel discussions, poster presentations as well as a fMRI workshop marked the interactive event located at the City Archive Dresden.

One of the speakers was Prof. Anne Duffy from the Department of Psychiatry at the Queens’s University in Kingston Ontario. With her speech about “Developmental pathways of affective disorders”, she contributed to the scientific aspect of the event. The session “Career pathways” in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Eva Reininghaus, Clinical Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapeutic Medicine at the Medical University of Graz, recognized the many PhD students and PIs in the IRTG that are young and female, for whom aspects like managing career and family life are important topics.

While the Summer School was in particular an occasion for the IRTG PhD students to present and discuss their projects, the hosts also welcomed other interested students and scientists to participate. With the Summer School as an annual and interactive event the IRTG 2773 wants to open up the network, and aims at broadening the perspectives and enriching the scientific debate.