Epidemiology, development and prevention of mental health problems using a life span perspective


Centre de recherche INSERM U1219
Université de Bordeaux, ISPED case 11
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Cédric Galera

Pr. Cédric Galera
MD, PhD, HEALTHY Director

Cédric Galera is child psychiatrist and epidemiologist. He was resident in child psychiatry at the University of Bordeaux between 2000 and 2004.

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Christophe Tzourio

Pr. Christophe Tzourio
MD, PhD, HEALTHY Deputy Director

Christophe Tzourio is a neurologist and epidemiologist. He was resident at the Paris Hospitals and Chief of Clinic in Neurology at the Lariboisière Hospital.

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The research focus of our team is to understand and prevent mental health problems in youths.
We aim to:

  • Investigate the risk and protective factors of Mental, Neurological and Substance use (MNS) problems in young people using a lifespan perspective
  • Test the efficacy of strategies to prevent Mental, Neurological and Substance use problems and build resilience to stressors in youths / parents

Research areas

In the past five years the team has provided relevant evidences on the early contribution of the social environment and biological factors on youth mental health (cognition, externalizing behaviors, internalizing problems, ADHD and risk for suicide).

Team members have studied the modulation of biological factors by the social environment in relation to externalizing problems and ADHD and the relative contributions of genes and environment on the developmental course of the ADHD phenotype and suicide risk, from the peri-conceptional period to adolescence. Team members have also found that cytokine patterns in the cord blood is associated with childhood anxiety/depression symptoms.

Regarding interventions aiming at improving mental health, cognitive development and social outcomes, the team has shown the benefits of early non-parental care and evidenced the moderate efficacy of a multicomponent early intervention program on behavior, cognition and health, in an Irish sample. Team members have developped eHealth tools to be used for MNS in youths, particularly in students. These findings provide key elements to inform public policies and to tailor our experimental interventions.

Research of team members takes advantages of various cohorts including birth cohorts (ex: ELFE and ELDEQ) and young adult cohorts (iShare and CONFINS).

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2023 Key Publications

Bailhache M, Lespes E, Thillard A, Richer O, Galera C. Paediatric emergency visits for mental health before and since the COVID-19 pandemic. Acta Paediatr. 2023;112(10):2172-4.

Barandon S, Castel L, Galera C, van der Waerden J, Sutter-Dallay AL. Women’s quality of life and mental health in the first year after birth: Associated factors and effects of antenatal preventive measures among mothers in the ELFE cohort. J Affect Disord. 2023;321:16-27.

Coelho J, Montagni I, Micoulaud-Franchi J-A, Plancoulaine S, Tzourio C. Study of the association between cannabis use and sleep disturbances in a large sample of University students. Psychiatry Res. 2023;322:115096.

Galera C, Collet O, Orri M, Navarro M, Castel L, Galesne C, Reed C, Brandt V, Larsson H, Boivin M, Tremblay R, Cote S, Cortese S. Prospective associations between ADHD symptoms and physical conditions from early childhood to adolescence: a population-based longitudinal study. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2023;7(12):863-74.

Glodzik L, Tzourio C. Time in Target Blood Pressure Range and Dementia. Hypertension. 2023;80(8):1637-9.

Grove C, Marinucci A, Montagni I. Australian Youth Resilience and Help-Seeking during COVID-19: A Cross-Sectional Study. Behav Sci (Basel). 2023;13(2).

Jean FAM, Schwartz AN, Galesne C, Azouz Z, Navarro MC, Montagni I, Macalli M, Cote SM, Tzourio C, Galera C. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms and lifetime use of psychoactive substances among French university students: A cross-sectional study. Psychiatry Res. 2023;328:115489.

Kinouani S, Vielle C, Lambert C, Dupouy J, Laporte C. Mesusage du paracetamol en soins primaires : etude transversale dans un contexte rural francais. Therapie. 2023.

Llopis N, Antoine E, Grove C, Marinucci A, Touchard F, Montagni I. A mixed-methods project on the impact of the mental health first aid training on French university students’ knowledge, attitudes and practices. Early Interv Psychiatry. 2023.

Schwartz A, Galera C, Kerbage H, Montagni I, Tzourio C. Adverse Childhood Experiences and ADHD Symptoms Among French College Students. J Child Adolesc Trauma. 2023;16(4):1109-17.

View all of the team’s publications in Oskar

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