The DRZ aims to shift the current research paradigm from being disease oriented towards being health oriented by (1) identifying and understanding neurobiological resilience mechanisms (Goal 1: Understand), (2) exploiting these mechanistic insights for the development of new and better prevention strategies and translating these new strategies into validated and practicable prevention programs (Goal 2: Prevent), and (3) acting in society in order to improve the effective implementation, application and availability of new forms of prevention for stress-related mental disorders (Goal 3: Change).
Goal 1: Understand
The Departments of Medicine, Biology and Psychology have a long-standing and successful background in health-related research. The DRZ aims to identify neurobiological and psychological mechanisms that will help to explain and understand resilience during and after challenging endogenous or exogenous stressors. In addition, we plan to contribute to population-based research studies of resilience.
Goal 2: Prevent
Within the DRZ, we aim to establish a center for prevention, where we will develop and implement innovative prevention strategies based on the latest insights from neuroscientific research. The DRZ prevention center will coordinate the activities of the departments involved in resilience research, define common goals and provide innovative prevention strategies.
Goal 3: Change
We will analyze the impact of lifestyle factors and social frameworks and constraints (societal norms and structures, laws) on the prevention, implementation and societal impact of specific preventive measures. Based on this, we will attempt to influence relevant decision-making processes, including knowledge dissemination and advising decision-makers throughout society, especially in politics, the health system, and industry.