Stress in Action capitalizes on the fast advances in technology and big data analytics to move stress research from the lab to daily life.

The consortium enables synergistic collaborations to discover 1) how responses to daily life stress arise from the temporal, dynamic interplay between context and person-specific factors, 2) how daily life stress can be reliably measured in a specific individual in real-time, and 3) how and when potential beneficial stress-response mechanisms turn into detrimental effects on mental and cardio metabolic health. This enables the development of novel monitoring and intervention strategies to track and reduce daily life stress and its health impact.

Stress in Action is a collaboration of Amsterdam UMC, VU Amsterdam, UMC Groningen, University of Groningen, University of Twente, Utrecht University and Erasmus MC. The Stress in Action program has received a Gravitation grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. This grant of 19.6 million Euro will fund 10 years of research activities and has started in 2023.

The project has a unique approach to modern day stress. Using innovative technological and scientific methods we aim to gain insight into the causes and consequences of daily life stress, and to provide a path towards more stress-resilient citizens. Stress is the ‘buzzword’ of modern life. It impacts all aspects of daily life and most individuals deal with some form of stress on a daily basis. When stress occurs frequently and remains high for sustained periods of time, it can cause mental (e.g. depression, anxiety, burnout) and cardio metabolic (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity) disease. According to the World Health Organization, these stress-related conditions constitute the largest disease burden and form a major threat to well-being and economic competitiveness. Reducing the impact of stress and stress-related disease is crucial to improve public health and population well-being.

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