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IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research
October 15-18, 2023 • Barcelona, Spain

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the 2023 International Summit on Suicide Research  held in Barcelona, Spain from October 15-18, 2023.  The meeting was held at the World Trade Center Barcelona.  The Summit was a great success with 564 attendees from 32 countries!

All attendees of the Summit are encouraged to complete an evaluation of the meeting.  Those wishing to apply for continuing education credits or a certificate of attendance are required to complete the evaluation first.  For more infomation, click here. 

 The Summit is sponsored by the International Academy of Suicide Research in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Conference Co-Chairs: 

John Mann, M.D.
Columbia University & New York State Psychiatric Institute, USA

Ping Qin, M.D., Ph.D.
National Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention, University of Oslo, Norway

AFSP Representative: 

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D.
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, USA

This meeting will bring together suicide researchers studying topics ranging from neurobiology, epidemiology and genetics to assessment, intervention and prevention. All suicide researchers and those interested in learning about the most cutting-edge evidence are invited to attend and take advantage of this excellent opportunity to network and interact. In addition to plenary sessions with preeminent suicide researchers and symposia, the meeting will include a mentoring program, poster sessions, and workshops addressing methodological issues particular to suicide research. Workshops will cover topics such as assessment of suicidal behavior and risk, strategies for research on low base rate outcomes, use of technology and proxy measures, approaches to facilitate inclusion of underrepresented populations, study design options that produce robust and reliable results, and guidance for the safe inclusion of individuals at high-risk for suicidal behavior.
After participating in this live event:

  1. Participants will be able to articulate the key findings in the development of preventive, intervention, and implementation strategies and how to incorporate translational research strategies into preventive, intervention, and implementation research on suicide.
  2. Participants will be able to describe methodological and ethical challenges in research design for studies where the outcome of interest is suicidal ideation and behavior.
  3. Participants will be able to enumerate the most recent neurobiological, genetic, psychological and social evidence related to suicidal behavior.
Needs Statement

As with other areas of psychiatric, epidemiological and intervention research, best practice in suicide research is based on following a generally accepted research design that incorporates the latest evidence in the area being studied and complying with IRB requirements where appropriate. However, the field of suicidology research faces unique challenges for study design. Suicide is a complex behavior resulting from the interaction of biological, psychological and social factors that must be considered in the design, conduct, and interpretation of research studies. In addition, there are unique features of suicide research including the study of low-frequency outcomes and high-risk patients, ethical choices that must trump research design, and in some situations the use of proxy outcome measures. These and many other design issues specific to suicide research require attention.

Educational Gap

It is estimated that each year at least 800,000 people die by suicide world-wide and that for every suicide there are between 25 to 50 suicide attempts. In an effort to facilitate the development of empirically-supported approaches to the prevention of suicide and suicidal behavior, both with a focus on high risk individuals as well as populations more broadly, education of researchers and support of their work is essential. It is crucial that professionals interested in undertaking suicide research be educated about the newest developments regarding identifying risk and protective factors and the robust design and testing of effective prevention strategies. Research and its translation into clinical practice is crucial at this time because suicide rates have increased steadily in many countries in recent decades, making prevention of suicidal behavior morbidity and mortality a world-wide imperative.

The target audience for this event is professionals that conduct research or treat patients in the field of suicidology or other related fields.

International Summit On Suicide Research
2023 IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research
October 15 – 18, 2023
Barcelona, Spain

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR) and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

Physicians (ACCME) Credit Designation
Amedco LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 21.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and International Academy of Suicide Research and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 21.75 hours.

The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Counselors: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MO, NC, ND, NH, NE, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, WY
MI: No CE requirements.
*OK: Accepts APA credit for live, in-person activities but not for ethics and/or online courses.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for MFTs: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, MD, ME, MO, NE, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OK*, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WDC, WI, WY
AL MFTs: Credits authorized by NBCC or any other state licensing agency will be accepted.
MA MFTs: Participants can self-submit courses not approved by the MAMFT board for review.
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Addictions Professionals: AK, AR, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MO, MT, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NY (held outside NY ONLY), OK*, OR, SC, UT, WA, WI, WY
The following state boards accept courses from APA providers for Social Workers: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, ID, IN, KY, ME, MN, MO, NE, NH, NM, OR, PA, VT, WI, WY

New York Board for Psychology (NY PSY)
Amedco is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0031. 21.75 hours.



Submissions for the 2023 Suicide Research Summit are now closed.