Zagreb, Croatia

Stress: Comprehensive & Authentic Summer School

when 21 July 2014 - 25 July 2014
duration 1 week
fee EUR 150

The school is very authentic (organized by former PhD students of Hans Selye), free of frequent distortions & over-implications of stress. It is comprehensive & interactive since it covers virtually all aspects of stress, based in part by oral or poster presentations of participants.
Main topics:
• The origins of stress concept & the seminal discoveries of Hans Selye
• What is stress, what is not
• Stress: distress vs. eustress – similarities in the adrenal glands, big difference in the brain
• The neuroendocrine mechanisms of stress; physiologic & pharmacologic actions of glucocorticoids
• Effect of stress on immune response & its role in the mechanisms of various diseases
• Stress & structural GI diseases, e.g., gastro-duodenal ulcers, IBD (inflammatory bowel diseases)
• Stress & functional GI disorders, e.g., motility disorders, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
• Other organ systems involved in biologic stress
• Management strategies for stress: Pharmacologic interventions and/or life style changes
• My good & bad experience with stress: Challenges & lessons learned (Short, oral or poster presentations by attendees)
• Stress in our daily lives – from distress to eustress: Open forum with participation of all registered attendees

Course leader

Profs. Arpad Somogyi , Sandor Szabo & Yvette Tache
(All former PhD students of Hans Selye, the ‘father of biologic stress’)

Target group

Undergraduate and PhD students, postdocs

Course aim

To better understand the concept of biologic stress, its manifestations, mechanisms & its pharmacologic ramifications (e.g., the anti-inflammatory & immune-modulating actions of glucocorticoids & the possibility of drug-interventions in severe distress), & to learn new avoidance, management & coping strategies.

Credits info

Accreditation by University of California-Irvine School of Medicine:
This activity is approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, up to 28 credit hours.
Croatian Medical Chamber (Hrvatska Liječnička Komora)- will credit doctors with 18 points for active participation and with 15 points for being in the audience.

Fee info

EUR 150: Undergraduate students - early bird (until June 15)
EUR 200: Early bird registration fee:
200 EUR for PhD students
300 EUR for others


When abstract is submitted, 30 EUR is reduced from registration fee.