Millions of people across all ages are affected by stress. Stress has long-term negative consequences on mental and physical health and is a strong risk factor for chronic conditions, particularly psychiatric and cardiovascular diseases. The prevalence of stress-induced diseases has become of major concern in the past years. But despite the recognition of this important public health problem, it remains difficult to diagnose stress pathologies, especially in children and adolescents.
To address this problem, experts in psychiatry and psychology, neurosciences, cell and molecular biology, cardiology, engineering, and translational bioinformatics have initiated the STRESS project. Their goal is to study risk and resilience of stress exposure across the lifespan and their impact on health.
The STRESS project will develop a dynamic and radically innovative research program based on state-of-the-art methodologies to create a paradigm shift in the current thinking about stress-induced diseases and novel therapeutic approaches.