Towards an integrated understanding of adversity's effects among refugee children
Millions of Syrian children and their families have been displaced due to the Syrian Civil War. This EU-funded project, RefugeeBioEmbed, will investigate whether refugee children's adverse experiences are reflected in their biology, development, and mental health. The research will also explore why some refugee children fare better or worse than others after traumatic experiences. By applying advanced interdisciplinary methods in genetics, endocrinology, psychology, and behavior, RefugeeBioEmbed will seek answers about how early life experiences influence health and illness later in life. It will investigate modifiable risk and protective factors that affect refugee mental health which may lead to individualised interventions to forestall and treat mental illness among Syrian refugees as well as others.