ProjectIRTG - support – International Research Training Group on women's mental health across the reproductive years -…

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IRTG - support
International Research Training Group on women's mental health across the reproductive years - data management support
01/10/2022 to 30/09/2027
Abstract / short description:
The proposed International Research Training Group (IRTG) assembles scientists from the University of Tübingen and Uppsala University, Sweden. The IRTG strives to enhance interdisciplinary research and education on a topic of high clinical and societal relevance: women’s mental health across the repro-ductive years. Women undergo hormonal transition throughout their lives that can impact brain plas-ticity and their cognitive and emotional processes, thus ultimately influencing mental health. During these transitional phases, the risk of mental illness increases dramatically, especially with regard to affec-tive, anxiety and stress-related disorders. Within our IRTG we aim to better understand these associa-tions between hormonal transition phases and women’s mental health across the reproductive years by addressing existing hypotheses with a strong focus on sex hormone variation. We will emphasize on negative and positive valence as many mental disorders are characterized by the so-called emotional bias, that is high levels of negative emotion and/or loss of positive emotional experience. To do so, we will orient all projects along a translational approach to human behavior and mental (ill-)health as it enables us to target specific (neuro)biological processes underlying psychopathology, here in the realm of negative (stress reactivity) and positive valence (reward), covering different system levels (from behav-ior to brain plasticity). Our long-term perspective is to improve prevention, detection and treatment for affected women. To fulfill this aim, applicants from Tübingen and Uppsala will combine their strong sci-entific expertise and clinical experience, collaborate across disciplines, jointly collect and analyze re-search data as well as educate young scientists. Mental health of women involves many aspects, which cannot be covered by one discipline alone. For this reason, the applicants have developed a compre-hensive and unique qualification program centered on principles of clinically relevant research, interna-tional exchange and synergy. We foster scientific excellence and independence while at the same time guaranteeing maximal support. The qualification program emphasizes innovative aspects such as the systematic integration of cloud networks and platforms, which allow an intense German-Swedish ex-change. Doctoral candidates will be supervised by a Swedish and a German researcher and mentored by post-doctoral and doctoral Swedish/German teams, enabling them to profit from an elaborate men-toring program. Therefore, our IRTG strives to establish a scientifically productive and interdisciplinary environment for high-level education of young scientists in the field of psychoneuroendocrinology and clinical neurosciences. This IRTG will put Tübingen and Uppsala at the forefront of research and educa-tion in women’s mental health across the reproductive years. The QBiC will serve as a central data management support infrastructure.

Involved staff


Wilhelm Schickard Institute of Computer Science (WSI)
Department of Informatics, Faculty of Science
Quantitative Biology Center (QBIC)
Central cross-faculty facilities
Institute for Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics (IBMI)
Interfaculty Institutes

Contact persons

IT Center (ZDV)
Information, communication and media center (IKM)

Other staff

Interfaculty Institute of Biochemistry (IFIB)
Interfaculty Institutes
Department of Systems Neuroscience
Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research (HIH), Non-clinical institutes, Faculty of Medicine
Quantitative Biology Center (QBIC)
Central cross-faculty facilities

Local organizational units

Quantitative Biology Center (QBIC)
Central cross-faculty facilities
University of Tübingen


Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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