+++ intresa discusses resilience with politics and society: First Resilience Lunch Break, Feb 8, 2022, online +++
+++ #resilience2022: 8th International Symposium on Resilience Research 2022 to take place in Mainz, Germany, Sept 28-30 – in person, again finally! First confirmed speakers: George Bonanno, Columbia University; Eranda Jayawickreme, Wake Forest University +++
+++ 3rd Donders Summer School on Stress & Cognition: 2022 dates to come soon +++
+++ intresa member and chairperson elect Karin Roelofs from Radboud University and Donders Institute Nijmegen wins the Evens Science Prize for her work on resilience in police officers. Big congratulations! intresa is very proud. +++
The International Resilience Alliance e.V., intresa, is an initiative of academic researchers working together to promote scientific stress resilience research at all levels – by coordinating research activities, developing common definitions and terminology, setting methodological standards, providing research tools, sharing data and results, supporting grant initiatives, organizing workshops, symposia and conferences, lobbying for resilience, and reaching out to the public.
intresa understands resilience as the maintenance or rapid recovery of mental health in times of adversity, e.g., during and after challenging life circumstances, physical illness or traumatic events. Resilience research asks why some people stay mentally healthy although they are exposed to the same kinds of stressors that cause mental problems and dysfunctions in other people. Thus, instead of focusing on mechanisms that cause disease, we are interested in the factors and mechanisms that can protect humans from developing stress-related conditions. Focusing on mechanisms of health rather than disease is still an underexplored field of research and has great potential for the development of new prevention and treatment strategies.
We hope to thereby make a contribution to improving public health and the quality of life of millions of people and to reduce the occurrence of diseases such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, and others. Read here about the prevalence of stress-related disorders in industrialized societies and about why research on resilience and disease prevention is a strategic priority of mental health science.
intresa is a registered non-profit association acc. to German law and has an EU Participant Identification Code (PIC). intresa participates in the EU Horizon2020 project Dynamic MOdelling of REsilience (DynaMORE).