A Message from the Organizers:

The IASR and AFSP have decided to make the 2021 International Summit on Suicide Research a virtual-only event. We had hoped that we would be able to greet you all in person, but we recognize that international travel is still difficult in today’s environment with each country having different mandates for travelers as well as many universities asking their faculty not to attend conferences overseas in person.

We have a superb program of science with numerous outstanding speakers and an interactive electronic poster session using a superb virtual meeting software platform that makes interaction and hearing speakers very rewarding and the material will remain available to you for a time after the conference ends.  We invite you to be part of this standout Summit on suicide research.  Save the date for October 24-27, 2021.  Registration is open!

Join us Virtually October 24-27, 2021

Suicide Research and Prevention Without Borders 

Registration Is Now Open!

The Online Schedule Is Now Available!

The full lineup of plenary and symposia sessions is now available online.  View speakers, abstracts, and more!  More sessions coming soon so keep checking the schedule for more content!

IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research
October 24-27, 2021 • Virtual Conference
Suicide Research and Prevention Without Borders 

The Summit is sponsored by the International Academy of Suicide Research in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  The 2019 Summit included over 450 researchers and clinicians from 28 countries across the globe.

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

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.
The International Summit on Suicide Research offers AMA credits for physicians and APA credits for psychologists.  Previous events have offered between 20-23 education hours.  Please continue to check back for updates regaring the continuing education offerings for the 2021 Summt.