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+++ #resilience2020: 6th International Symposium on Resilience Research: Sept 23-24 2020, Mainz, Germany. Focus: a positive side to adversity? Inoculation, mastery, development of strengths, …  +++

+++ WARM WELCOME: Tatia MC Lee from Hong Kong State University joins intresa +++

+++ 3rd Donders Summer School on Stress & Cognition: July 6-10, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Featuring: resilience +++

+++ Deutsches Resilienz Zentrum (DRZ) –> Leibniz Institute for Resilience Research (LIR). Having been recognized as a research center of national importance, the DRZ/LIR is now a member institute of Germany’s Leibniz Association +++

+++ Excellent paper on genetics of resilience by Karmel Choi, member of intresa’s Young Researchers Network +++

Our mission
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).