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  • #10th International Symposium on Resilience Research

    September 25-27, 2024 Mainz/Germany // September 24: Satellite Workshop
    The symposium takes place as an IN-PERSON meeting (30 min. from Frankfurt International Airport).

    Follow & find us on X: @ResilienceRes #resilience2024

    Abstract & Registration Deadlines: July 31st 2024.


    It’s that time of year again this September: international luminaries in resilience research are coming together in Mainz to present and debate the latest research findings.

    Since the symposium took place for the first time in 2015, it has been regarded as the most important gathering for international resilience researchers and shapes the field of research every year.

    Be there when the International Symposium on Resilience Research invites you to its 10th anniversary this year and opens the doors to the latest findings from the research landscape.

    Click here for more information & registration!

  • 21st biennial Congress of the Epidemiology and Social Psychiatry Section of the European Psychiatric Association

    The EPA section Epidemiology & Social Psychiatry is delighted to invite to their 21st congress, taking place on the campus of the University of Lausanne very nicely located on the shores of the Lake Geneva.

    Congress dates: 11-14 September 2024
    Registration open: 01 February 2024
    Call for abstracts: 01 February 2024
    Abstract submission until 15 April 2024

    The field of psychiatric epidemiology and social psychiatry has rapidly progressed during the last years by combining traditional clinical and epidemiological data with genetic, neuroimaging, accelerometry and ecological momentary measures in single studies or large databases.

    By organizing overviews by distinguished experts in specific domains of our field, symposia, free oral presentations and poster sessions, the meeting will focus on recent advancements throughout Europe and beyond. Following the tradition of previous meetings, this conference will also offer an excellent opportunity for young researchers to present their results and to exchange with each other and with experienced researchers in the field.

  • EUFAMI congress on Conflict and Recovery in Mental Health

    FAMILY partner EUFAMI organizes together with the Lithuanian member-organisation LSPŽGB congress on “Conflict and Recovery in Mental Health” from 21 to 22 June 2024 in Vilnius, Lithuania.

    Against a background of disruption and conflict in Europe over the past few years, mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and also due to the significant displacement of war and cultural refugees, families have been the centre of, and most affected by, these crises.

    The congress will be constructed around a plenary session during a period of two days, followed by a series of parallel workshops.

  • Report of results of the 1st FAMILY Stakeholder Dialogue Event

    Read the full report about the event here!

  • 1st FAMILY Stakeholder Dialogue Event

    The FAMILY consortium is delighted to extend a warm invitation to our first Stakeholder Dialogue Event, focusing on ethical aspects and social consequences of prediction of risk of severe mental illness.

    Date: Wednesday, 17 January 2024
    Time: 3- 5 PM (CET)
    Location: online, via Zoom (free of charge)

    The aim of the first Stakeholder Dialogue Event is to build a dialogue between the European communities of health care professionals and researchers on ethical aspects and social consequences of prediction of risk of severe mental illness. Risk prediction for mental health problems is a prominent focus of research in psychiatry. However, risk prediction comes with ethical and social challenges, such as questions about informed consent, the right not to know, risk of stigmatisation and discrimination, empowerment and strengthening resilience of affected families, responsible use of Artificial Intelligence etc.

    The main objective of this event is to gather feedback about views, needs and potential involvement of health care professionals which will serve as input for the planned FAMILY survey for health care professionals across Europe.

    For more information click here!

  • 1st Stakeholder Dialogue Event

    FAMILY is very grateful to all participants for joining our Stakeholder Dialogue Event, discussing ethical aspects & social consequences of risk prediction of severe mental illness. Stay tuned for the report!

    THANK YOU to all participants for your time, presence, & valuable contributions! And thanks to Neeltje van Haren & Signe Mezinska for chairing the event, as well as our volunteer moderators!

  • FAMILY Spotlight – Interview series

    In our first video, meet Neeltje van Haren, professor of brain development & psychopathology and the driving force behind the FAMILY project. In her role as FAMILY’s scientific coordinator she not only initiated the project, but also successfully brought together an exceptional consortium spanning Europe and the United States. The subjects covered in this brief interview include insights into the project, Neeltje’s personal scientific journey, and valuable advice for aspiring young researchers.

  • 2nd General Assembly Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland

    The members of the FAMILY consortium met in early October 2023 in the beautiful city of Lausanne, Switzerland, to discuss recent research results and advancements in the project. After one year of hard work, it was great seeing everyone in person again – old and new faces.

    André Decraene, EUFAMI Vice-president, closed the event with powerful words, that resonated with the FAMILY members, underscoring the profound significance of our project’s mission:

    “Intergenerational transmission of serious mental ill-health is at the heart of the concerns of patients, their families and – it cannot be stressed enough– of their friends, their relatives and other connections. It is the “elephant in the room”: nobody speaks about it, but everybody thinks of it. It is a cause for stigma and ostracisation. It touches people in their most intimate being.”

  • 2nd FAMILY General Assembly Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland

    FAMILY’s 2nd General Assembly (GA) Meeting will take place from 04 to 06 October 2023 in the beautiful city of Lausanne, Switzerland.

    During the meeting, work package leaders will present and discuss the overall status of their respective work package.

    We are looking forward to meet again and hear about everyone’s progress!

  • Welcome to our new scientific and ethical advisory board (SEAB) member – Dr. Ali Jawaid!

    📢 Dr. Ali Jawaid is a physician-scientist with training in both clinical and basic neuroscience. He completed his medical studies from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan, and followed it up with clinical/research training in Neuropsychiatry from Baylor College of Medicine, USA. He then proceeded to complete MD-PhD in Neuroscience from Switzerland with simultaneous doctoral degrees awarded by the University of Zurich (UZH)/ETH Zurich PhD Program in Neuroscience and UZH MD-PhD program. He currently heads the Laboratory for Translational Research in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (TREND lab) at the BRAINCITY: Center of Excellence for Neural Plasticity and Brain Disorders, a partnership between EMBL and the Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology in Warsaw, Poland. TREND lab investigates the role of metabolic factors in the pathogenesis and inheritance of neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders using a multi-pronged approach involving rodent models, human cohorts, and brain organoids. Dr. Jawaid is also an active member of FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence and is a strong proponent of initiatives focussed on using science for humanitarian and peace-building causes.

    Welcome to the FAMILY, Ali! 😊

    Find out more about our SEAB members here.

  • OHBM Annual Meeting 2023 – Montréal (Canada)

    Our partners from Nijmegen (RADBOUDMC) will attend the Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) organise a symposium taking place in Montréal, Canada on 22nd – 26th July 2023 and will organise a symposium on neuroimaging-genetics.

    More information on OHBM 2023
  • 20th International Congress of the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Copenhagen (DK)

    Our partners from Latvia (LU) will organise a symposium on the “Prediction of severe mental illness in child and adolescent psychiatry” and have a talk on “Ethical issues in personalized risk prediction of severe mental illness in the context of inter-generational transmission of risk”.

    More information about ESCAP 2023
  • Dutch Neuroscience Meeting 2023 – Tiel (The Netherlands)

    Our partners from Nijmegen (RADBOUDMC) will attend this year’s Dutch Neuroscience Meeting (DNM) taking place in Tiel, The Netherlands on 22nd – 23rd June 2023 and are also planning to give a talk. Stay tuned for further information.

    More information on DNM 2023
  • Postdoctoral Researcher Position Open at ERASMUS MC

    📢 Exciting opportunity! ERASMUS MC seeks a talented Postdoc Researcher to investigate epigenetics and intergenerational psychiatric risk. Joining the European-funded FAMILY consortium, you’ll develop prenatal exposure scores based on DNA methylation at birth. Examine whether the transmission load score is stable over time and predicts the development of psychiatric problems. Explore score stability, predictive abilities, and test for sex differences, especially resulting from X-chromosome inactivation. Apply now and make a difference! This application has been closed.

  • “Seminar Series Epidemiology” at the University of Munster – Institute for Epidemiology and Social Medicine

    Our partners from Nijmegen (RADBOUDMC) held a talk about “Epigenetics and Psychopathology: What is the importance of timing and role of intergenerational transmission” at the University of Munster on 28th February 2023.

  • Kick-off meeting FAMILY project

    The EU-funded research project FAMILY kicked off on November 2nd – 4th 2022. The meeting was held on site in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and was full of vivid discussions as well as social interaction.

  • 9th International Symposium on Resilience Research

    >> DEADLINE for registration and abstract submission until 31st July 2023 <<

    The symposium is organized yearly by International Resilience Alliance (intresa), the EU Horizon project DynaMORE, Leibniz-Institute for Resilience Research and University Medical Center Mainz. We are part of the Rhine-Main Neuroscience Network (rmn²).

    Early bird deadline:
    1st April 2023

    Application deadline:
    15th May 2023

    More information
  • FAMILY survey for mental health care professionals

    We would like to invite you to participate in our research study, being conducted by our partners at the University of Latvia as a part of FAMILY!

    Click here to get to the survey.

    The aim of the study is to collect and analyse mental health care professionals’ attitudes towards the future clinical application of novel prediction tools for the risk of severe mental disorders.

    Participation in the study is voluntary. The survey is anonymous, and you will not be identifiable based on the information you provide when completing the survey. We estimate will take approximately 12 minutes to complete the survey.

    The study has been approved by the Ethics Committee for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Latvia. If you have any questions about the study, please contact Ivars Neiders (
    The survey will close on Sunday 26th May.

  • FAMILY Secondments: Parisa in Oslo

    PhD student Parisa Mohammadzadeh from Bjørn Edrup’s group at Region Hovedstaden in Copenhagen had the opportunity to visit the team at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Folkehelseininstituttet) in Oslo. During April 2024, she worked at the Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Mental Health, where she finalized her PhD thesis and participated in lab meetings and seminars as part of her research stay.

    Read Parisa’s reflections on her research stay:
    I had the pleasure of spending the month of April at PsychGen, a division of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) in Oslo, Norway, as part of my change of research environment. Being in the final stages of my PhD, my primary goal was to complete my thesis. I found myself in a calm research setting with dedicated leaders and a flat organizational structure, where each researcher is highly valued. Fortunately, I was able to bring my family along, and we enjoyed exploring the beautiful nature surrounding Oslo with small hiking trips on weekends. While Oslo may not sound as intriguing as traveling to warmer destinations abroad, I can wholeheartedly recommend including it in your PhD journey!

    Thank you, Parisa, for sharing your insights with us!