Opportunities, risks and challenges in global mental health and population neuroscience: a case of Sino-German cooperation

Shuyan Liu, Sabine Müller, Raymond J. Dolan, Xudong Zhao, Jialin C. Zheng, Andreas Heinz

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Large scale prospective cohorts have now been established across several countries, and continents, and among the aims include an assessment of the developmental trajectory of mental disorders. This level of international cooperation helps transfer research findings to new social contexts as well as enabling an assessment of which findings can be replicated, and which interventions are most effective, in different social and cultural settings. However, data sharing across different regional and national health care systems requires a careful consideration of different standards in ethical research, data protection and patient care, including respect for patients’ rights, in cooperating jurisdictions. In our review, we discuss ethical, legal and practical challenges associated with such cooperation with a focus on research participants, specifically patient recruitment, by considering the instance of China and Germany. Our broader aim is to promote international cooperation by identifying key challenges that arise in international cooperation, and to facilitate an exchange in relation to legal and practical approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1027-1034
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Data security and privacy
  • Ethics
  • Large-scale cohort studies
  • Laws and regulations
  • Patient care
  • Population neuroscience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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