Conference Organizers

About the Organizers

International Academy of Suicide Research


The International Academy for Suicide Research is an organization that promotes high standards of research and scholarship in the field of suicidal behaviour by fostering communication and co-operation among scholars engaged in such research.
The Academy’s official publication is the Archives of Suicide Research. This is a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis.
The Academy holds annual scientific and business meetings. These have been held in conjunction with conferences such as the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour, and the American Association of Suicidology.

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A reduced registration fee is offered for full members of the IASR for the Suicide Summit.

Considering becoming a member of the IASR?

The IASR welcome individuals who are engaged in ongoing research on suicide, either directly or as advisers, reviewers, or consultants to become full members of the IASR.
Application criteria are:
1) an outstanding and internationally recognized track record in the field of suicidology and
2) support from two existing full members (either as submitted as letters of nomination or an email stating the support).

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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Established in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a voluntary health organization that gives those affected by suicide a nationwide community empowered by research, education and advocacy to take action against this leading cause of death.

AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
• Funding scientific research
• Developing public education
• Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
• Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission

Led by CEO Robert Gebbia and headquartered in New York, and with a public policy office in Washington, D.C., AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and You Tube.

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Meet the 2017 Conference Co-Chairs:


Conwell Yeates Yeates Conwell, M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Yeates Conwell, M.D. is Professor of and Vice Chair of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he is Director of the UR Medical Center’s Office for Aging Research and Health Services and Co-Director of the UR Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. Immediate Past President and Chair of the Scientific Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Dr. Conwell received his medical training at the University of Cincinnati, and completed his Psychiatry Residency and a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to teaching, clinical care, and service system development, Dr. Conwell directs an inter-disciplinary program of research in aging, mental health services, and suicide prevention.


Prof. Gil ZalsmanGil Zalsman, M.D., Geha MHC, Tel Aviv University

Prof. Zalsman graduated from the Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, Israel. He completed his psychiatry residency at the Geha Mental Health Center and Tel Aviv University and the Child Psychiatry residency at Geha and Yale Child Study Center in Yale University, Connecticut, USA with the late Prof. Donald J Cohen. He completed a two years Post-Doctoral Fellowship with Prof. J John Mann, in the Division of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City, USA, where he holds an ongoing position as an Associate Research Scientist. He also holds a Master degree in health administration (MHA. summa cum laude) from Ben Gurion University, Israel. His academic research focuses on gene-environment interactions in childhood depression and suicidal behavior and other psychiatric disorders in adolescence.
Prof. Zalsman has published more than a 250 papers, of them more than 120 original papers, dozens of reviews, book chapters, two edited books and actively participated in more than a 250 scientific meetings. Currently he is the CEO and Medical Director of Geha Mental Health Center near Tel Aviv in addition to being the director of the Adolescent Day Unit. He is a Full Professor in Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry at Sackler School of Medicine and former director of psychiatry continuing education program.
Prof. Zalsman is the past board member and president of the child psychiatry section at the Association of European Psychiatry (EPA). Currently he a counselor and chair of education at the executive committee of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) and the president of the Israeli Society of Biological Psychiatry (ISBP). He served as the deputy editor of the Israel Journal of Psychiatry and recently chaired the 14th European Symposium for Suicide and Suicidal Behavior (ESSSB), held in Tel Aviv.
He is married with two children and resides in Tel Aviv suburb, Israel.