During the year, the Anxiety Disorders Network organises meetings for its members (also at the annual ECNP Congress)

'Lay expert panel for research' in anxiety disorders
In February 2013, the Networks initiative approved the ADRN proposal to convene a group of representatives from patient-led organisations focused on anxiety disorders, as a “lay expert panel” to inform subsequent proposals for research funding. The Network intended this panel to guide the development of future research proposals and to facilitate dissemination of research findings to as wide an audience as possible. The aim was to discuss currently met and unmet needs in the management of anxiety disorders, addressing public health aspects, as well as the management of affected individuals in primary, secondary and tertiary health services.

POLT-Q questionnaire for onset of illness and treatment latency
In February 2012, the ECNP Networks initiative approved funding for a collaborative project for the development of a questionnaire relating to the duration of illness and latency of treatment, led by the Milan centre (Altamura, dell’Osso), with advice from researchers in Santander and Southampton. Dr. Carlotta Palazzo described the development of the ‘psychopathological onset and latency to treatment questionnaire” (POLT-Q) at the ADRN meeting in October 2012. At that time, over 250 patients, with a range of psychiatric diagnoses, had contributed to this project. The questionnaire had been translated into an English language version, and its item content and feasibility were being examined within the mood disorders service in Southampton. Further development of the POLT-Q includes its translation into other languages. An examination of the medical notes of a sub-sample of participants will be undertaken to examine how responses on the POLT-Q compare to information previously collected within medical notes.


Research projects
EUSARNAD programme (Joint European and South African Research Network in Anxiety Disorders) funded by the European Commission, through the Marie Curie Actions (People) International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (PIRSES-GA-2010-269213) between October 2011 and September 2015. EUSARNAD built on the ADRN strengths and extended these by establishing firmer research collaboration with the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The research exchange shared knowledge and expertise among participating centres, in order to ensure a comprehensive translational research approach in anxiety disorders, relevant to the needs of developed and developing societies. This scheme: 1) allowed South African researchers to gain detailed first-hand experience of certain research methodologies in European centres; 2) helped European investigators to deepen understanding of the origin of anxiety disorders and problems in their management within an emerging country; and 3) thereby enhanced the relevance of translational research activity jointly conducted within Europe and South Africa to other developed and developing societies. Overall, 27 researchers took a secondment opportunity that initiated multidisciplinary and innovative collaborations with different research teams. If you would like to discover about some of the recent publications, click here.
You can find more info about the research on the EUSARNAD Colloquium report.

Recommended publications

Journal and link to the article
Stanyte et al.
2023 Validation of the patient health questionnaire-9 and the generalized anxiety disorder-7 in Lithuanian individuals with anxiety and mood disorders
Journal of Psychiatric Research
Pini et al. 
2022 Relationship of behavioral inhibition to separation anxiety in a sample (N = 377) of adult individuals with mood and anxiety disorders
Comprehensive Psychiatry
Manchia et al.
2022 The impact of the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic on stress resilience and mental health: a critical review across waves
European Neuropsychopharmacology
Piccoli et al.
2021 Latency to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor vs benzodiazepine treatment in patients with panic disorder: a naturalistic study
CNS Spectrums
Bandelow et al.
2021 Deutsche S3-Leitlinie Behandlung von Angststörungen (German language)
Pini et al.
2021 Separation anxiety and measures of suicide risk among patients with mood and anxiety disorders.
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Ollmann TM et al.
2021  The interaction of 5-HTT variation, recent stress, and resilience on current anxiety levels in adolescents and young adults from the general population
Bas-Hoogendam et al.
2021  ENIGMA-anxiety working group: rationale for and organization of large-scale neuroimaging studies of anxiety disorders
Human Brain Mapping
Masdrakis et al.
2021 Anticonvulsant and antipsychotic medications in the pharmacotherapy of panic disorder: a structured review
Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
Schiele et al. 
2021 The cognitive anxiety sensitivity treatment (CAST) in anxiety prevention - focus on separation anxiety and interoception
European Neuropsychopharmacology
Stein et al. 2021
2021 The clinical characterization of the adult patient with anxiety aimed at personalization of management
World Psychiatry
Schiele et al. 
2021 Therapygenetic effects of 5-HTTLPR on cognitive-behavioral therapy in anxiety disorders: a meta-analysis
European Neuropsychopharmacology
Zwanzger et al.
2021 Pharmacotherapy of anxiety disorders — guideline-conform treatment and new developments
Der Nervenarzt
Domschke et al.
2021 Prevention of anxiety disorders (German language)
Der Nervenarzt
Schiele et al. 
2021 Separation anxiety disorder (German language)
Der Nervenarzt
Gecaite-Stonciene et al.
2020 Multidimensional structure of the alcohol use disorders identification test: factorial validity and reliability in patients with anxiety and mood disorders in Lithuania
Alcohol and Alcoholism
Huneke et al.
2020 Why we need more research into the placebo response in psychiatry
Psychological Medicine  
Gecaite-Stonciene et al.
2020 Mental fatigue, but not other fatigue characteristics, as a candidate feature of obsessive compulsive personality disorder in patients with anxiety and mood disorders — an exploratory study
International journal of environmental research and public health
Schiele et al.
2020 Extending the vulnerability-stress model of mental disorders: three-dimensional NPSR1 × environment × coping interaction study in anxiety
The British Journal of Psychiatry
Liaugaudaite et al.
2020 Neurocognitive markers of suicidal ideation in patients with anxiety and mood disorders
International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Schiele et al.
2020  A neurobiological framework of separation anxiety and related phenotypes   European Neuropsychopharmacology
Vinkers et al
2020 Stress resilience during the coronavirus pandemic
European Neuropsychopharmacology
Liaugaudaite et al.
2020 Neurocognitive markers of suicidal ideation in patients with anxiety and mood disorder
International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
Schiele et al.
Hypermethylation of the serotonin transporter gene promoter in panic disorder–epigenetic imprint of comorbid depression?  European Neuropsychopharmacology
Uhlmann et al. 2019 Grey matter structural differences in alcohol-dependent individuals with and without comorbid depression/anxiety-an MRI study.  European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Aghajani et al.
Interactions between oxytocin receptor gene methylation and callous-unemotional traits impact socioaffective brain systems in conduct-disordered offenders
Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging
Matthies et al. 2018
Please don't leave me – separation anxiety in borderline personality disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports
Schiele et al.  2018 Oxytocin receptor gene variation, behavioural inhibition, and adult separation anxiety: Role in complicated grief. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Ströhle et al. 2018 The diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders. Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Schiele et al. 2018
Epigenetics at the crossroads between genes, environment and resilience in anxiety disorders. Genes, Brain and Behavior 
Davies et al.
2017 Management of panic disorder in primary care   Prescriber
Bandelow et al. 2017 Biological markers for anxiety disorders, OCD and PTSD: A consensus statement. Part II: neurochemistry, neurophysiology and neurocognition.  The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Bandelow et al. 2016
Biological markers for anxiety disorders, OCD and PTSD - a consensus statement. Part I: neuroimaging and genetics. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Baldwin et al.
2013 EUSARNAD: the story so far African Journal of Psychiatry  
Baldwin et al. 2013
Developing a European research network to address unmet needs in anxiety disorders Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
Baldwin et al. 2012
A joint European and South African research network in anxiety disorders   Human Psychopharmacology  
Baldwin et al.  2010
Manifesto for a European anxiety disorders research network
European Neuropsychopharmacology  

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