The R2D2-MH Project
R2D2-MH is a 5-year project co-funded by the European Commission that aims to identify risk and resilience factors associated with neurodevelopmental diversity, including Autism, ADHD or Intellectual Disability. The consortium is coordinated by Prof. Thomas Bourgeron (The Pasteur Institute, France) and brings together 26 partners with complementary expertise distributed worldwide. The strength of R2D2-MH lies in cocreation: adolescent and adult neurodivergent people are involved in the project to co-develop with the researchers new methods and digital tools that will be later used by the end-users (neurodivergent people and their families, healthcare givers, research community, policy makers).
Participation of neurodivergent people and family members sought for interviews about resilience factors in neurodiversity
Resilience is a dynamic process and includes individual and environmental factors such as physical surroundings or social support. Continue Reading Participation of neurodivergent people and family members sought for interviews about resilience factors in neurodiversity
In January 2024, R2D2-MH researchers working at KI Research Institute in Israel published an article entitled Early Prediction of Autistic Spectrum Disorder Using Developmental Surveillance Data. Continue Reading New R2D2-MH Publications
In 2023, the European commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament defined the outline of the future European strategy for Mental Health. Continue Reading New European strategy to tackle Mental Health
Increase participatory research/medicine and reduce stigma surrounding mental health
Provide the largest European multi-scale dataset on early brain and mental health diversity in humans
Co-develop a first generation of predictive models for developmental diversities (co-creation)
Identify biological mechanisms of resilience associated with diverse outcomes in developmental diversities
The importance of resilience in mental health and neurodevelopmental diversities
Neurodevelopmental diversities (NDDs) include autism, attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intellectual disabilities (ID) and have a high prevalence of up to 15% of the population. So far, researches have focused on risk factors, i.e. events that increase the likelihood of being neurodivergent, like preterm birth or particular genetic mutations. R2D2-MH proposes to extend the understanding of neurodiversity by studying resilience factors, i.e. factors contributing to the wellbeing and functioning of neurodivergent individuals even in the presence of risk factors. Willing to go further, R2D2-MH will integrate these resilience factors to new digital tools and apps that will be developed in the project. R2D2-MH hopes to contribute to the redefinition of wellbeing and functioning in a the context of neurodevelopmental diversity.
of the population are neurodivergent
The R2D2-MH Executive Board
Coordinator, Institut Pasteur
Project Manager, Institut Pasteur
Trinity College Dublin
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
University Hospital Frankfurt
Birkbeck, University of London
University of Antwerp
University of Geneva
Radboud University Medical Center
ARTTIC Innovation GmbH
What will R2D2-MH deliver ?
- For researchers: new in-vitro and in-silico models, as well as new axes of research in the field of NDDs and mental health
- For healthcare givers: predictive models and a digital platform to provide clinical guidance
- For clinicians: new sets of clinical guidelines (called ICF, for International classification of functioning)
- For neurodivergent people and their families: a positive psychology app to support them in their everyday life
Co-creation is at the core of R2D2-MH and these outcomes will be co-developed by researchers and neurodivergent people.
The strength of R2D2-MH lies in the involvement from start to end of young and adults neurodivergent people and their families, as well as scientists, healthcare givers and industry partners. This is called co-creation and will allow to concretely address the needs of the end-users and develop tools with real-life purposes.
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