Hello and welcome on board of our official Mental Health Translational Research Network Hamburg (MH-TRN) webpage! Hamburg is an open city, with one of the largest harbors in Europe, and as the city, our network represents an open-minded and internationally well-connected task-force! We have joined forces in Hamburg and Berlin in order to tackle pressing mental healthcare challenges in Germany and hence address current, ‘hot’ research topics from different research domains (basic, clinical & health services research). This will assure improved mental health for present and future generations.
Our network consists of four large institutions, representing a closely cooperating, yet still expanding network of researchers: the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf, the University of Hamburg, the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, and the Hamburg Centre for Health Economics. We are committed to assure highest research- and healthcare standards within our numerous facilities, and, above all, to integrate and involve the perspective of service users (incl. families), and reach out to the public.
We are not only fully dedicated to our research, but also to make a difference with what we are doing on different levels: implementation of new care models and treatments (changing healthcare reality), service user involvement (changing healthcare practice), public education (shaping public mental health perception and knowledge), transition of our findings into national treatment guidelines (changing policy), and promotion of equal opportunities in healthcare and research.
In the MH-TRN, involving service users and based on existing guidelines, we have defined a translational mental health research model, which we jointly commit to in order to maximise the success of our common mission.
On this webpage you will find further information on important aspects of our network, which are still being updated and further refined. To get involved, or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Scroll further down on our homepage, to get a quick first impression.
However, policy, authorities, professional societies, healthcare experts and patient and carer associations state that the mental health care for people with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) is particularly fragmented, uneven, costly and not leading to significant changes in mental health outcomes.
Our priority topic is therefore:
According to our translational research model, the MH-TRN has defined 4 research domains. With a specific focus on SMI, 10 core research areas have been identified, which are represented by researchers (and clinicians) from our network. These represent the research excellence of the MH-TRN over the past two decades as well as ongoing and future projects.