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The CAPICE blog hosts news and announcements, events, media and articles, mostly written by the Early Stage Researchers (ESRs).
They constantly pursue the publication of articles about their research during their activities carried on within this project, and this blog works as a travelogue to disseminate the research results to a broad audience of scientists, clinicians, patients and their parents and the general public.

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The CAPICE project endorsed the joint event "40th Congress UMEMPS / 15th International Workshop on Neonatology", Cagliari, Italy, October 24-26, 2019. The 40th Congress UMEMPS (previously held only once in Italy) had more than 700 participants and was accompanied by several national and international institutions and scientific societies. On Saturday, October 26th, a Congress session has been dedicated to a Meeting on Neurology and Psychopathology in collaboration with SI-DOHaD (Italian Society Developmental Origins of Health and Disease), where the CAPICE project findings and forthcoming steps were presented.

The 6th workshop of CAPICE project on “Drug Development and Target Validation” took place at Janssen Pharmaceuticals campus Beerse, Belgium and was held from 7 to 9 October 2019. There were top-level lectures, ESRs get exposure to the industry at the headquarters of Janssen.

This article contains information of poster "Phenome-wide association study of caffeine PRS and mental health outcomes across the lifespan using the ALSPAC pregnancy cohort " presented by Laura Schellhas, ESR in the CAPICE project, at the 4th Mendelian Randomization Conference in Bristol on July 17, 2019. 

CAPICE was one of the sponsors of the "14th International Workshop on Neonatology", Cagliari, Italy, October 24-27, 2018. The “14th International Workshop on Neonatology – The revolution of microbiomics” had more than 700 participants and was accompanied, as the previous editions, by many national and international institutions and scientific societies. On Friday October 26th, a Workshop session has been dedicated to a Meeting on advances in pediatric psychopathology, where the CAPICE project findings and forthcoming steps were presented.

CAPICE project's coordinator Prof. Christel Middeldorp presented a poster in the 26th World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG) (October 11 -15, 2018, Glasgow, Scotland). Here the agenda of the event is available. The title of the poster is “The value of polygenic risk scores in predicting the transition from childhood and adolescent psychiatric symptoms into chronic adult psychopathology”. 

In August 2018, Elis Haan and Laura Schellhas had a great opportunity to be part of the Green Man Festival in Wales, UK. One of the areas of the festival is called Einstein’s Garden, which brings scientific research closer to the public. Researchers collaborate with artists to create a playful, interactive and colorful world that illustrates research work and encourages communication between scientists and festival attendees.

The second workshop of CAPICE project on “Introduction to the statistical analysis of Genome-wide association studies (GWAS)” at Imperial College London held from 2 to 6 July 2018. The lectures were good and especially the practical sessions are well organized and easy to follow.

All 12 PhD students (ESRs) involved in the CAPICE project attended the first project's Workshop on genetics and developmental psychopathology at King's College London for three days from 22-24 January 2018. It was a fantastic opportunity for us to meet each other and Coordinator Prof. Christel Middeldorp, (an interview with her is available in this article) Prof. Meike Bartels and Prof. Robert Plomin (an interview with him is available in this article) at the workshop. It was a good experience to us to listen to the talks of world-experts in the field of genetics and developmental psychopathology.

Prof. Christel Middeldorp (Project coordinator) presented the CAPICE project through a poster during the XXV World congress of psychiatric genetics, Orlando, Florida, US, October 13-17, 2017. The poster is available in this article.

Abstract of the poster:
CAPICE is an international training network, funded by an EU Marie Curie grant, in which 12 PhD students will be trained in psychiatric genomics. This network will elaborate on the EArly Genetics and Lifecourse Epidemiology (EAGLE) consortium, a well-established collaboration of many birth and adolescent population based (twin and family) cohorts, with unique longitudinal information on lifestyle, family environment,health, and emotional and behavioral problems.

Get in Touch!


Prof. Christel Middeldorp, project coordinator

VU University Amsterdam
Dept. of Biological Psychology
email : c.m.middeldorp(at)

Natascha Stroo, project manager
VU University Amsterdam
Dept. of Biological Psychology
email : natascha.stroo(at)

Matteo Mauri, web & dissemination manager
University of Cagliari
email : matteo.mauri(at)

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