• Comorbidity of child aggression tool

    The ACTION consortium released an interactive tool showing the comorbidities of child aggression with other childhood psychopathologies. It is based on the first results of the ACTION consortium that will be published in forthcoming scientific papers, and on several studies and backgrounds of the consortium's partners.
    The interactive tool can be browsed by questionnaire (ATAC - CBCL - DCB - SDQ - MSNI) or by psychopathology.

  • What is ACTION?

    ACTION is a collaborative project among eleven international partners, which has been selected by the European Commission as one of the projects funded under the 7th Framework Programme for Research, technological Development and Demonstration.
    The project is funded under grant agreement no. 602768, sub-programme HEALTH.2013.2.2.1-3: "Paediatric conduct disorders characterised by aggressive traits and/or social impairment: from preclinical research to treatment".

  • ACTION's main objectives

    ACTION aims to improve the understanding of the causes of individual differences in aggression among children in order to better inform the development of prevention and treatment strategies. The project will investigate current and diagnostic problems in paediatric aggression, including the differential expression of aggression as a function of gender, developmental stage, and patterns of comorbidity. It will reveal predictive outcome of childhood aggression by examining longitudinal trajectories in large scale longitudinal data.

  • Genetic and Metabolomic approaches

    ACTION will quantify the influences of genes and environment as a function of gender, age, birth cohort, and environmental modifiers; it will identify genomic regions of interest for aggression by means of a genome-wide association (GWA) studies;ACTION will apply and develop new methods to study gene-environment correlation and interaction by including measured genes and measured environment; it will select informative groups of children for inclusion in epigenetic and metabolomic biomarkers studies of paediatric aggression.

  • Aggression in identical twins

    One of the ACTION's goals is to improve the understanding of the causes of individual differences in aggression among twins in order to better inform the development of prevention and treatment strategies. ACTION will combine twin samples and metabolomic biomarker data to establish direction of causation. As Yin and Yang are both complementary and opposite, also monozygotic twins have the same genetic heritage but can have different environmental influences that can make them distinguished: same genome but different epigenome, metabolome, phenome and diseasome.

  • Consortium

Next event

The ACTION final meeting on aggression studies will take place in Sardinia, Italy in 2019 (May 6-8, Hotel Flamingo, Santa Margherita di Pula). Registration forms for the hotel reservation and for the science meeting are available in this page.

Last media

The ACTION final meeting on aggression studies "Childhood aggression and its comorbidities: dissemination meeting" took place in Sardinia, Italy (May 6-8, 2019, Hotel Flamingo, Santa Margherita di Pula). Photogalleries, interviews and videos of the event are available in this page.


ACTION's gender awareness programme

The ACTION gender awareness’ programme is a consortium's collateral objective designed to educate people on the unspoken societal rules that dictate the role of the different genders in the work place.
The ACTION consortium agrees with the principles given in relevant European position documents about gender aspects:

  • The Treaty of Amsterdam signed in 1997(to eliminate inequalities and to promote equality among males and females);
  • The documents “Women and science: Mobilising women to enrich European research” (COM (99)76) (encouraging women to take part in European research, with the overall objective to achieve for women at least a 40% representation in EU programmes);
  • The Framework Strategy on Gender Equality (2001-2005)  aimed at achieving gender equality including policies and specific actions for women.


Educational links:

Gendered Innovations in Science, Medicine & Engineering The website www.genderedinnovations.
, that employs sex and gender analysis as a resource to create new knowledge and technology, is an important resource guiding insights on the role of gender.

Gender Equality in Academic and Research

European Commission's brochure on
Gender Equality in the European Union