Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Longitudinal Studies

The CELOS is a laboratory platform of the Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and the Chair of Behavioural Epidemiology at the Shool of Science, TU Dresden.

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CELOS includes laboratories for standardized field work regarding epidemiological and clinical studies and infrastructure for computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI) and telephone interviews (CATI). The improvement of the existing epidemiological logistical platform within the scope of the project „The epidemiology of functional and dysfunctional behavioral and psychological factors in mental health and disease - BeMIND“ allows to conduct experimental assessments, behavioral observations and the collection of bio samples (blood, saliva).

Tasks of CELOS

  • Provision of the epidemiological logistical platform of expertise and resources at CELOS for the implementation of complex clinical and epidemiological studies with focus on longitudinal studies and genealogy in random samples of the general population, medical care, and clinical cohorts.
  • Development and provision of highly sophisticated routines and procedures on an extremely high level, including diagnostic interviews, digital questionnaires, online assessments, and laboratory-based assessment techniques.
  • Pooling of biometric and statistic know-how with special focus on causal-analytical and statistical methods within complex designs.
  • Supporting research projects in sample selection, assessment methods, data collection, data management and data processing as well as publication.

Current projects at CELOS

  • BeMIND - Behavior and Mind Health Study, project funded by BMBF „The epidemiology of functional and dysfunctional behavioral and psychological factors in mental health and disease.”
  • Dresdner Burnout Studie, Investigation of biological and psychologic risk factors of burnout diseases, supported by Support The Best Förderprogramm of Excellence Initiative, TU Dresden
  • PROTECT-AD – Investigates effective supply and therapy of anxiety disorders, funded by BMBF,  Joint project
  • Differentielle neuro-biologische Korrelate der Emotions- und Stressverarbeitung bei Generalisierter Angststörung im Vergleich zu Major Depression und Sozialer Phobie, (differential, neurobiological correlates of emotion processing and stress management in generalized anxiety disorders compared with major depression and social phobia), funded by DFG
  • LEAD Studie “Learning and habitisation as predictors of the Development and Maintenance of Alcoholism”, research group funded by DFG
  • Substudy, Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) „Volition und kognitive Kontrolle“ (Volition and cognitive control), funded by DFG
  • Avoidance behavior as a result of one-sided exertion of cognitive in specific phobia, SFB Subproject C5, funded by DFG
  • EASY-Studie: Investigation of the effectiveness and mechanisms of applied relaxation as indicated preventive intervention in persons with an increased risk of mental disorders (DFG, 09/2016-02/2019; PI: Beesdo-Baum, Koop: Asselmann)

  • Panik! Was Nun? - Study: Indicated prevention of mental disorders in individuals with initial panic symptoms: investigation of efficacy and underlying mechanisms of action (DFG, 02/2018-01/2021; PI: Beesdo-Baum, Pane-Farre, Koop: Asselmann)

  • PROMPt: Primary indicators and optimised allocation to targeted measures for emotional and behavioural abnormalities in children (GBA, Innovationsfond, since 10/2018; coordinator: Knappe, PIs: Beesdo-Baum, Roessner, Schmitt; cooperation: AOK Plus)