The main goal of Riseup-PPD COST Action is to establish a Pan-European multidisciplinary network of researchers dedicated to the understanding of Peripartum Depression Disorder (PPD), from its prevention and assessment to its treatment and global impact.

Assessment & Consequences

Currently available European estimates, show that PPD prevalence ranges from 4% to 38%, carrying several consequences for women, newborns-infants, and family systems, representing a socioeconomic burden to society.

Our initiative

Riseup-PPD aims at filling gaps in PPD research, practice and social awareness by developing updated reviews fostering research efforts on the standardization of diagnostic criteria, the development of adequate screening tools and cost-effectiveness evaluation of prevention and treatment programs.

Our mission

Τhe Action seeks to bridge multidisciplinary knowledge on the determinants of depressive symptoms in the peripartum period, and the mechanisms of action and change. Riseup-PPD also aims at building a shared database providing research teams with large quality-controlled datasets.

Riseup-PPD (COST Action CA18138) is funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union through the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). COST is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. COST actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.​

Previous Action Structure

Action Structure

Action Chair
Ana Ganho-Ávila
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Action Vice-Chair
​‬Catholic University of Croatia
‪Sandra Nakić Radoš
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Working Group Leaders

WG 1 - Prevention and Treatment strategies in PPD
Dr. Rena Bina
Bar Ilan University, Israel
WG 2 - Assessment approaches and methods in PPD
Ilaria Lega, MD
Italian National Institute of Health
WG 3 - Neuroimaging and neurophysiological approaches and methods in PPD
Dr. Anna-Lisa Schuler
San Camillo Hospital, Italy
WG 4 - Ethical standards and procedures for clinical research in PPD
University of Turku, Finland
Dr Susanne Uusitalo
WG 5 - Data sharing and data management in PPD
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Prof Bruno de Souza
WG 6 - Inclusiveness, Dissemination and Public Engagement
Dr Eleni Vousoura
University of Athens, Greece
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Taskforce Leaders

Taskforce on Perinatal Mental Health and COVID-19 Pandemic
Dr. Emma Motrico
Loyola Andalucía University, Spain
Taskforce on severe outcomes of perinatal depression: maternal suicide & infanticide
Alessandra Bramante
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Other Leadership Positions

Grant Holder Scientific Representative
Ana Ganho-Ávila
University of Coimbra, Portugal
Science Communication Manager
Dr Eleni Vousoura
American College Greece, Greece
STSM Coordinator
Dr Tjasa Stepisnik
School of Advanced Social Studies, Slovenia
ITC Conference Manager
Dr. Andri Christophorou
European University Cyprus, ​Cyprus
Gender balance and Early Career Researchers Coordinator
Maja Žutić
Catholic University of Croatia, Croatia
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