Competence Network Schizophrenia


The Competence Network Schizophrenia has been and will be mainly a research network. Its initial research focus was the early phase of the disorder, specifically the prodromal stage – topics: early recognition and early intervention – and first-episode schizophrenia. Respective research  does not only mean evaluation of optimal therapeutic regimens but also evaluating molecular predictors of transition from the prodrome to psychosis, as well as of developing a relapse and of treatment response. Research on the stigma of schizophrenia and on eligible interventions to combat it, as well as  on quality assurance in order to optimize care is completing the range of research projects.

Although the Competence Network Schizophrenia was founded as a research network from the beginning a main objective and explicit mandate was the transfer of findings into the care system. Accordingly the actual process of sustaining the network is on the one hand based on continuing with research, i.e. on interventions addressing social-cognitive deficits,  and enlarging the research activities into the European Research Area, on the other hand on developing and marketing of services and products apt for knowledge transfer and thus contributing to the optimization of the care of schizophrenic patients.

This happens also by collaborating with relevant scientific associations, patient’s and occupational unions, and further organizations of the mental health care system on the national as well as on the European level.



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