Too much stress? Knowledge from Neuroscience for a Healthier Life Environment

Max Planck Forum Berlin

  • Date: Jul 12, 2018
  • Time: 18:00 - 19:30
  • Speaker: Alon Chen, MPI Psychiatry, Mazda Adli, Fliedner Klinik Berlin
  • Location: Garden of the Israeli Embassy, Auguste-Viktoria-Straße 74-76, 14193 Berlin
  • Host: Max Planck Society in cooperation with the Israeli Embassy
  • Contact: mpgberlin@gv.mpg.de
Too much stress? Knowledge from Neuroscience for a Healthier Life Environment
Stress is a normal part of everyday life. But reactions to stressful situations differ greatly between individuals and cultures. Scientists know that chronic stress can make people ill in the long term and that a close relationship exists between stress and mental illnesses.

We feel stressed when we know we have too much to do during the day, get stuck in traffic, or have an important deadline to meet. But not everybody reacts the same to stressful situations. While pressure can motivate some people to achieve top performance, others may find themselves overwhelmed after just a short time. It is now known that chronic stress can make people ill in the long term and that a close relationship exists between stress and mental illnesses. 

But what underlying neurobiological processes take place when stress leads to illness? What are stress-related disorders? And what factors in our lives and in our environment are particularly likely to cause stress? Scientists of various disciplines approach these questions using a range of methods that could help to treat and prevent stress-related disorders in future. They include new drugs for neurobiological disorders and improved city planning and work environments. The Forum addresses questions like these: How do stress reactions develop in the course of life? Do men and women react differently to stress? And are we really exposed to more stress than in previous times?

Lectures and discussion

Professor Alon Chen, director at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich

Dr Mazda Adli, MD, chief physician of Fliedner Hospital Berlin and head of the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Department of Charité University Hospital Berlin, Charité Mitte Campus, Autor of the book "Stress and the City". München 2017.

Moderator: Kristin Raabe, scientific journalist (Nawik –National Institute for Scientific Communication)

In Cooperation with the Israeli Embassy

Israel is one of the most important research partners for the MPG. As early as 1959, the then MPG president, Otto Hahn, travelled to Israel – one of the first Germans to do so – with a view to re-establishing scientific relations between the two countries after the holocaust. This led to numerous cooperations. With his research in both countries, notably for the Max Planck – Weizmann Laboratory for Experimental Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neurogenetics, Alon Chen epitomises the current vigorous scientific exchange between Germany and Israel.

Registration

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