Testimony: Branka Milic's STSM in Geneva
As the TreatMe STSM researcher, I had an opportunity to be part of the team of inspiring scientists guided by Dr. Martin Debbané at the University of Geneva.
Research team (from left to right): Larisa Morosan, Elena Potznyak, Deborah Badoud, Mélodie Derome, Elodie Toffel, Yasmina Lachat, Branka Milic, Martin Debbané. Photo: Branka Milic
Being surrounded by very welcoming, helpful and people with good energy, it was a pleasure to adapt to a new environment and to pursue the scientific idea behind this visit.
University of Geneva stands as one the highly-specialized institutions in the study of 22q11 deletion syndrome (DS) and mentalization based treatment (MBT) – both related to the topic of my research. In that respect, the present visit provided a valuable possibility to get access to and learn about the clinical research, approaches and treatment interventions of the host institution.
During my stay, I had the opportunity to meet and discuss with experts on the psychological aspects of the syndrome that initiated insights in shaping future development of my project.
In addition to gains regarding the topic of 22q11DS in general, a specific goal of my research visit was associated to the TREATme in that I am involved in writing a review on social cognition in individuals with 22q11DS. In doing so, we have established links to psychopathology and social competence (respectively) with the idea to identify specific psychotherapeutic treatment targets that could be addressed with mentalization based treatment (MBT). Given the process behind this goal, we will continue to cooperate and hope to turn this initiative into an ongoing, joint work of the teams from Geneva and Vienna.
Medical University Vienna