The serious individual and societal consequences of mental illnesses are the starting point and their sustainable influence the central goal of the German Centre for Mental Health (DZPG). With the DZPG, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has established another health centre which, with its focus on translational health research, will ensure that innovative prevention, diagnosis and therapy methods for mental illnesses are generated and promptly translated into standard care. In addition, the DZPG will develop solutions for unacceptable social inequalities in the care of people with mental illness.

To close these gaps in care, the DZPG will launch an ambitious translational research programme that will focus on promoting mental health and resilience, increase societal awareness of mental illness and positively impact the burden of mental illness across all age groups over the next 15 years.

The overarching goals of the emerging German Centre for Mental Health (DZPG) are also decisive for the institutions at the MUC-AUX site. A special feature at our location in this context is the strong bidirectional, translational orientation, which is created by networking excellent working groups in the areas of basic research and clinical research.

The focus of the MUC-AUX site is on the following projects MUC1 - MUC7

Investigation of the significance of early traumatic experiences for the development, phenotype and course of mental illnesses and the development of new individualised and disorder-specific interventions (MUC 1),

Characterise neuroimmunological processes at the transition between health and mental disorder across the lifespan (MUC 2),

Development of population-based, biopsychosocial aetiology and risk models on the basis of multidimensional, individual course data (MUC 3, main topic of FLII and networking project to the DZKJ),

Development of stepped care models for initiating and scheduling therapies (MUC 4),

Investigation of pregnancy and birth cohorts and the establishment of model systems to investigate the impact of prenatal risk factors on brain development, physiology and behaviour (MUC 5),

Investigation of long-term outcomes of treatment with non-invasive brain stimulation with treatment initiation in adolescence and young adulthood (MUC 6),

Establishing evidence-based psychiatry and developing a long-term project to reduce stigma and social exclusion in mental illness (MUC 7).