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Success of International Research Training Group: “Women’s Mental Health across the Reproductive Years”.

A long-term collaboration in the fields of women’s mental health between researchers from the Universities of Tübingen and Uppsala was rewarded with a grant for the International Research Training Group (IRTG) by the German Research Foundation (DFG). After delegation visits to Uppsala and Tübingen in 2016/17, Prof. Dr. Birgit Derntl, research group leader at the Tübingen University Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, organised two winter schools in 2018 and 2019 at Tübingen and Uppsala, together with her Uppsala colleague Prof. Dr. Inger Sunström Poromaa (now the Uppsala IRTG speaker) and other researchers from both universities. These winter schools have been part of the Matariki Research Theme Brain and Mind: Integrative Neuroscience. On this basis and within their joint research project on “Pregnancy and the Brain”, funded by the Tübingen Center for Integrated Neuroscience (CIN), these leading researchers developed the DFG application during 2020 and 2021.

The International Research Training Group “Women’s Mental Health across the Reproductive Years” will be funded by 7 Million Euros over five years, starting on 1st January 2023.

A quote from the English abstract:

“The IRTG strives to enhance interdisciplinary research and education on a topic of high clinical and societal relevance: women’s mental health across the reproductive years. … Within our IRTG we aim to better understand the associations between hormonal transition phases and women’s mental health by addressing specific hypotheses in the context of sex hormone variation. … Our long-term perspective is to improve prevention, detection and treatment of mental disorders in women. … Doctoral candidates will be supervised by a German and a Swedish researcher and mentored by Germen/Swedish teams, enabling them to profit from an elaborate mentoring program. Thus, our IRTG strives to establish a productive and interdisciplinary environment for high-level education of young scientists putting Tübingen and Uppsala at the forefront of research and education in women’s mental health across the reproductive years.”


University Hospital Tübingen
General Psychiatry and Psychotherapy with Outpatient Clinic
Research Group  Leader Innovative Brain Functional Processes
Prof. Dr. Birgit Derntl
Calwerstr. 14, D-72076 Tübingen
 Phone: +49 7071 29 85437
E-mail: [email protected]