PEZ is the acronym for the German phrase „Psychoepidemiologisches Zentrum“, which means psychiatric-epidemiological center in English. It is the approach to combine clinical and epidemiological research in one study. Currently this center is being established at the Central Institute of Mental Health (CIMH) in Mannheim. It is a longitudinal study which should reveal the impact of stress-related conditions primarily of environmental factors on epigenetics. A Longitudinal study is a study where the same subjects or a specific cohort (i.e. age group) will be followed over a specific period of time. The subjects will participate in several examinations and tests at regular intervals.
Soon we are going to write to more inhabitants of Mannheim. Right now we make appointments with participants from Mannheim, Eberbach, Dossenheim and Eppelheim.
Due to our study design only residents of the Rhine-Neckar-Area and the cities Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, who are between the age of seven and 27 years can participate. The subjects are drawn at random from the local residents’ registration offices. These offices provide us with the participants’ mailing addresses. We will notify those people by letter and phone, if the telephone number is known to us.