German Center for Mental Health
- Speaker LMU: Prof. Dr. Peter Falkai
- Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, LMU University Hospital, LMU Munich
Due to their frequent appearance, their early start and their still unfavorable course, mental illnesses are among the widespread diseases with a growing burden of disease - in Germany and internationally. 75 percent of mental illnesses occur by the age of 25 and prevent those who are affected from having the opportunity to realize a productive and successful life plan.
An interdisciplinary group of researchers from the LMU Klinikum, the Klinikum rechts der Isar of the Technical University of Munich, the University of Augsburg, the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry and the Helmholtz Zentrum München will join the research collaboration PriMe (Precision in Mental Health) within the framework of the new German Center for Mental Health to work on an earlier, personalized and preventive treatment of mental illnesses - for the benefit of patients in Germany and worldwide.
The main goal of PriMe is to address the development of more precise methods for diagnosis and prognosis in connection with a more precise selection and further development of therapeutic procedures through multi-center clinical studies. Above all, methods of artificial intelligence and basic scientific model systems are to be interconnected in order to have a better understanding in the mechanisms of disease development, maintenance and resilience - especially in patients with psychotic and affective diseases.
The selected locations are now entering a network phase in which the collaborate research program will be prepared. According to the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Center for Mental Health will start in January 2022.
Source: LMU University Hospital