Action Bulletin | February 2022

About us
We are a multidisciplinary network of researchers and professionals founded in 2019 aiming at filling gaps in Peripartum Depression Disorder (PPD) research and practice, and at increasing social awareness about perinatal mental health.Our mission is to review and promote cutting-edge research on standardized diagnostic criteria, screening tools, as well as efficacy and cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs for PPD. Our network is funded through the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST Programme). Learn more about recent calls and upcoming events from the RiseupPPD network.
Our Year in ReviewWe kept busy during the pandemic and switched to online meetings to continue our dedicated work on PPD.In March 2021, we held an online MC meeting and a hybrid Core Group Meeting. Working Group 1 held a Virtual symposium entitled State-of-the-art concerning diagnosis, prevention, and management of PPD: What do we know and where can we go from now? This event was open to all members of the Action where the members presented the main outputs of the last two years of WG1 work, shared and discussed the main findings of the systematic reviews and reports concerning diagnosis, prevention and management of PPD.In November 2021, we held our Main Meeting with some special sessions on COVID-19and Perinatal Mental Health and Exploring ways of engaging patients in our work. Our Core Group and Management Committee had numerous online meetings throughout the last year to discuss the progress and upcoming tasks.
Numerous Workshops
We held numerous workshops covering various topics.In October 2021, WG4 organized the workshop Three national perspectives in Europe on experiences of researchers in gaining informed consent from women focusing on the ethical issues of informed consent in research.The workshop Psychophysiology (WG3-led) also held in October 2021 was co-organised with the University of Ghent. The two-hour on-site workshop included live demonstrations and interactive sessions related to psychophysiology measurements.Next, a workshop in Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Utility (WG1-led) provided training to researchers and health professionals working in perinatal settings on the development of Cost-Effectiveness and Cost-Utility protocols.WG2 organized in January 2022 the workshop titled Assessment for peripartum depression in clinical and research settings (WG2-led) aiming to increase the understanding of the assessment of biological, neurophysiological and neuroimaging variables related to peripartum depression (PPD) and the neuropsychological assessment of children.
International Training SchoolsWe expanded our knowledge and shared our experiences over two Riseup-PPD Training Schools held in 2021.

Training School on Evidence-based Interventions in Peripartum Depression

The Training School Evidence-based interventions in Peripartum Depression [PPD] was organized by the WG1 on February 17-19, 2021. It was held both online and at three locations: Catholic University of Croatia in Zagreb, University of Oslo, Norway and National University of Distance Education Madrid in Spain. The Training School defined evidence-based studies and how they contribute to clinical recommendations and it provided a general overview on the development of clinical practice guidelines. Trainers also reviewed the current state-of-the-art concerning evidence-based psychopharmacological and psychological approaches for PPD and presented some new intervention approaches for PPD that have been the focus of recent studies.

Training School on The combination of TMS/tDCS with MR imaging

The Training School was organized by the WG3 and held in person at the beautiful Ghent, Belgium on 13-15 October 2021. It provided education on introduction to the combination of brain imaging and non-invasive brain stimulation techniques, basic MRI physics, fMRI analysis methods, introduction to simultaneous tDCS- fMRI and TMS-fMRI. This Training School was also greatly oriented on practical exercises.

New Research Publications
Learn about the recent articles published from our action:
Efficacy of non-invasive brain stimulation in decreasing depression symptoms during the peripartum period: A systematic review
Effectiveness of psychological interventions in the treatment of perinatal depression: A systematic review of systematic reviews and meta-analyses
Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on perinatal mental health (Riseup-PPD-COVID-19): protocol for an international prospective cohort study

The Riseup-PPD commemorated important international days

International Women’s Day 2021 on March 8 had a special aim of encouraging people to create a more inclusive world, by challenging and calling out gender bias and inequality, and moving towards a more diverse and equal health, social, and work environment. On this International Women’s day, we raised awareness of the need to identify gaps surrounding PPD. Read our statement here.

World Maternal Mental Health Day (MMH Day) 2021 on 5 May is aimed at raising awareness surrounding maternal mental health issues worldwide. Riseup-PPD is proud to have become a global partner of the World Maternal Mental Health Day (WMMH Day) campaign to raise awareness and enforce changes in peripartum mental health. Read our statement here.

Open calls for funding and training opportunities
Our action offers a variety of dissemination tools aimed at supporting research activities and building synergies. The Short Term Scientific Missions are exchange visits aimed at supporting researchers’ individual mobility, strengthening existing networks, and fostering collaboration. The ITC Conference Grants offer support for conference participation of PhD students and Early Career Researchers from participating ITCs to attend international science and technology conferences, not specifically organized by the COST Action. Dissemination Conference Grants provide financial support for the presentation of the work of the Action in high-level conferences by an Action participant. Virtual Mobility (VM) Grants aim at strengthening the existing networks by allowing scientists to foster collaboration in a virtual setting, exchange knowledge, learn new techniques, disseminate the Action results, etc.
You may find all up-to-date opportunities on our website at

We are planning one very productive year; stay put for our upcoming events and meetings. For more information on upcoming Main Meeting events, Training Schools, and workshops, visit our website.

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