Associate Partners

EBC 2015 123456The European Brain Council stimulates dialogue between scientists, society and all interested parties by promoting collaboration of member organisations with the EC, the EP and other relevant EU and international institutions. The EBC presented the Consensus Document on Brain Research in Europe at the European Parliament and a work about the implications of the Cost of Disorders of the Brain in a European research study research in FP7; EBC participated in the consultation on DG SANCO’s Green Paper on Mental Health and in the Parliamentary public hearing; EBC published the Research Allocation to Brain Research in Europe (RABRE) study; and participated in meetings of its members (FENS, EFNS, ECNP, EPA; promoted the establishment of National Action Groups and National Brain Councils in several member states. Key facilities and infrastructure: training facilities; offices, databases; e-infrastructure in collaboration its network.


Frédéric Destrebecq is the Executive Director of the European Brain Council

Tadeusz Hawrot, EBC Project Manager, responsible for encouraging the development of National Brain Councils as well as the national and international dissemination of EBC studies and projects. He also plays a major role in coordination between European institutions and the EBC.

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Research expertise covers all areas of mental health and outreaching activities.

Previous training programs and research: partner in several EU funded project.



EAADThe European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD) is an international non-profit organisation based in Leipzig, Germany, with several European members and more than 100 regional network partners in Europe. It provides materials that have been developed and evaluated during the EC funded EAAD period. Additionally EAAD promotes young researchers and has an established network of international researchers. Network of international experts; data base; publications & materials acknowledged by EC.

The EAAD provides ESRs with the opportunity to obtain first-hand information about community-based intervention programmes for individuals with depression. The ESRs will also have access to EAAD’s databases to perform statistical analysis for specific questions arising in Topics 1 and 2. The network of 17 European countries coordinated by EAAD will be a substantial resource for ESRs for research. EAAD will also contribute to public outreach activities.


Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hegerl, President of the EAAD

Dr Elisabeth Kohls, Project Coordinator at the EAAD and Post-Doc researcher at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Research expertise covers community-based intervention programmes throughout EU, EU research management, psychotherapy research.

Previous training programs and research: EAAD was funded by the European Commission (2004-2008) and OSPI Europe (2008-2013). Partner in several EU-funded research projects on depression and suicide prevention.



SMC 2015 123456The Federació Salut Mental Catalunya (SMC) is the Catalonian federation of associations of relatives and people with mental health problems. It is currently made up of 63 federated entities which represent 6,000 families in its activity over the Catalonian region. It aims to coordinate and support the associations of relatives and people with mental problems and their families. SMC offers services for people with mental diseases and with health or mental problems, such as guidance and assessment, constant information, psycho-social care, administrative and juridical assessment, training, accompanying and support, familiar respite, leisure activities, job integration, home help etc. Services for people with mental diseases and with health or mental problems.


Carles Coarasa (contact); Marta Poll

Research expertise covers the coordination and support of associations of families and people with mental problems, direct care services, information and orientation, inclusion programmes, sensitization programmes, stigma programmes.

Previous training programs and research: coordination, support to the associations of families and people with mental problems, direct care services, information and orientation, inclusion programmes, sensitization programmes, stigma programmes.



CFcCFc Consulting is a SME composed in majority by women involved in research and innovation programmes, relevant at national and European level. CFc is specialised in understanding the technical requirements of increasingly complex funding streams in order to provide clarity and focus to inform and support its clients. Through continuous update on R&D research policies and trends, the company supports in addressing research proposals towards the most innovative and supported research fields. It has expertise in and access to a wide range of EC policies relevant to identify the key requirements of successful proposals and future research trends and foresight. In this frame training on specific topics related to the funds of the European Commission: introduction to Community programs (European and National level), preparation of proposals, how to write a successful proposal; the evaluation criteria, the Grant Agreement preparation with the Commission, the management and the preparation of periodicals reports, technical and financial.

CFc is equipped with last generation HW/SW work stations. The IT network is configured with a fast e-communication infrastructure; phone lines and teleconference facilities are available. CFc has access to a large number of mailing lists and databases.


Carla Finocchiaro (PI), Founder and General Manager, over 20 years of experience in internationally public funded research programmes. Training on entrepreneurial & commercial issues and, exploitation and technology implementation plans.

Serena Cogoni Project manager. Training on grant writing and dissemination topics.

E. Cigliano, Lawyer expert in corporate law, litigation, arbitration. Training on IPR and on drawing up of national and international agreement.

E. Rosa Trainer on financial controls & audits.

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Research expertise covers management and entrepreneurial & commercial exploitation skills including IPR.

Previous training programs and research: the company carries on training activities related to project management, dissemination and exploitation of project results and grant writing. Target groups of these courses are universities, hospitals and research centres. This activity is also implemented for the partners of the consortia of the projects in which CFc is involved. Weekly sessions are organised among the company staff in which recent news on funding possibilities, project management issues and IPR are discussed.



uoc 2015The University of Calgary is a large publically funded research intensive university in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Specifically regarding the MARATONE project, two faculty members within Department of Psychology, Dr Keith Dobson and Dr Andrew Szeto, conduct research examining various aspects of stigma and mental illness. Additionally, both are researchers associated with Open Minds, the anti-stigma initiative of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). Their work with the open minds initiative involves research and evaluation in the workplace settings, and examines the efficacy of anti-stigma and mental health and wellbeing programs. The sites where the anti-stigma and mental health and wellbeing programs that are being implemented and evaluated are located in various provinces across Canada and include organisations from various sectors (e.g.  healthcare, education, industry, government). Because of Dr Dobson and Szeto’s relevant research focus, they would act as supervisors by Early Stage Researchers that are part of the MARATONE project.

Dr Dobson and Dr Szeto will provide ESRs with training in the area of mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, with a specific focus on mental illness stigma reduction, program implementation and program evaluation within this setting. ESRs will receive practical knowledge gained from the various workplace evaluations conducted by Dr Dobson and Szeto, as well as from the network of researchers associated with Opening Minds initiative. Finally, ESRs will receive training by working alongside Dr Dobson and Szeto in their program evaluation work, as well as the opportunity to collaborate on experimental research and writing academic research articles.


Andrew Szeto – Assistant Professor. Research area: social psychology, stigma of mental illness, evaluation of anti-stigma programs for their efficacy in reducing stigmatizing attitudes towards people with mental disorders workplace mental health programs.

Keith Dobson – Professor of Psychology. Research area: clinical psychology, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, depression, psychopathology.

Research expertise covers evaluation of anti-stigma programs, research and evaluation of wellbeing initiatives in workplace settings.


VUMC photoThe VUMC, and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in specific, coordinates the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA), which has gathered high quality data about the mental health of older adults in the general population, as well as detailed information about potential determinants of mental health, correlates and outcomes of mental health problems. LASA is a collaborative effort of scientists from multiple disciplinary backgrounds including epidemiologists, psychiatrists, health scientists and sociologists.  The LASA research environment provides excellent opportunities for young researchers to use high quality longitudinal data for investigating research questions related to the mental health of older people and to benefit from multidisciplinary supervision and discussion.

The LASA research environment provides excellent opportunities for young researchers to use high quality longitudinal data for investigating research questions related to the mental health of older people and to benefit from multidisciplinary supervision and discussion. The Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics provides opportunities to conduct quantitative analysis on data from the LASA study and will provide senior research supervision and access to the appropriate facilities to conduct research.


Martijn Huisman scientific researcher with the Longitudinal Ageing Study Amsterdam (LASA). His main focus is the role of socioeconomic adversity on health in old age. Besides this, he is research coordinator of the Amsterdam Center on Aging (ACA).

Research expertise covers longitudinal data analysis, socioeconomic adversity on health in old age



AU_URLThe Derner Institute, Adelphi University functioned as a graduate department of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences until 1972, when it became the nation’s first university-based professional school of psychology, with undergraduate, Masters, doctoral, and postdoctoral programs. Derner has now emerged as an internationally recognized leader in psychology-related disciplines. Our emphasis is on providing a rigorous, empirically-informed education, and preparing students to be lifelong learners and well-trained professionals for a changing society.  At Derner, students engage in academic studies and clinical practice, which help them obtain the necessary skills for a wide range of careers, while also improving their understanding of human behavior.  Thanks to a dedicated and knowledgeable faculty, our programs successfully integrate research, theory and practice.  Our faculty are involved in a wide variety of research, including clinical, health, social, developmental, and cognitive psychology.  Interests range from the brain processes underlying the integration of information from different sensory modalities, to the impact of traumatic experiences on psychological functioning. 


Katherine Fiori, an assistant professor at Derner, was trained as a developmental psychologist with a focus on adulthood, and studies the mental and physical health of young, middle-aged, and older adults, especially as a function of social relations and social networks. More specifically, her research focuses on changes in social relationships and social networks across important life transitions, such as starting college and retirement, and the implications of these changes for health and well-being, as well as individual differences in the effects of social relations on health and well-being (e.g., gender and personality differences).  She takes a person-centered approach to studying social relationships by examining ‘typologies’ of support, as a way of better understanding the heterogeneity and complexity of social networks and their role in the mental and physical health of adults.