€1.5 million EU funding awarded for the research of mental disorders at the University of Helsinki
The new ERC-funded project investigates how mental disorders affect the well-being of loved ones.

Christian Hakulinen has been granted the prestigious ERC Starting Grant by the European Research Council.

Christian Hakulinen’s ERC-funded project investigates the effects of mental disorders on social networks.

In addition to wellbeing, the €1.5 million ERC-funded project entitled ‘Effects of mental disorders on the wellbeing and prosperity of family members and friends’ focuses on socioeconomic factors. The project also investigates the temporal duration of these effects.

The ERC-funded project in the field of psychology is based on comprehensive Finnish registry datasets. It has the potential to considerably expand knowledge on the broader effects of mental disorders on social networks.

Christian Hakulinen works as a university lecturer at the University of Helsinki’s Faculty of Medicine.

The ERC Starting Grant is a grant scheme targeted at promising research directors in the early stages of their careers. The five-year grant is intended for establishing a research group and launching independent research activities in Europe. Previously, the grant has been awarded for 38 researchers at the University of Helsinki.

Read more about ERC-funded research at the University of Helsinki.

Read the press release by the European Research Council.