Research

“There would be no way to determine stress without the characteristic stress-induced changes!." Hans Selye (1936)

 

Stress is considered to be part of our everyday life with a growing impact on health, disease and wellbeing. In early stress concepts it has been proposed that in response to a stressor the organism generates a general, unspecific biological stress response (fight/flight response) to maintain homeostasis and to adapt to a challenging external world. More recent studies in the field of stress research, however, point to highly specific neuronal, (neuro)endocrine and immunological response to stress. These stress-induced biological changes increase the adaptive capacity of the organism to a stressful environment, but may also render the individuum more vulnerable for various diseases under chronic stress conditions.

In various research projects we focus on stress in humans and its impact on health and disease. To meet the multifaceted nature of stress interdisciplinary research strategies are used integrating concepts of (neuro)cognitive and clinical psychology, endocrinology, immunology, neurology, genetics and epigenetics. To study and better understand how the human stress response system “works” we continuously aim to further evaluate and more importantly, to generate new and innovative methods of stress measurements.
Please find publications of our research group here.

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