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Perspectives on the Future of Suicide Research
System Level Suicide Prevention
Genetics and Epigenetics
Prediction of Acute Suicide Risk
|Transition From Suicidal Ideation To Suicidal Attempt: What Works to Interrupt this Progressiont?||Rory O’Connor
|New Findings from Continuous Monitoring: Prediction of Hospitalization of Suicidal Behavior||Randy Auerbach
Invited Symposia Sessions
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Neural Circuitry, Mood Regulation and Decision-Making
|Reward, Decision Making and Suicidal Behavior in Older Depressed Patients||Alexandre Dombrovski
|fMRI Studies of Suicidal Activities in Mood Disorders||Gin Mahli
Gin Malhi, MD
Professor, Northern Clinical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney
Head of Department of Psychiatry and Executive Director of CADE Clinic, Royal North Shore Hospital
President International Society for Bipolar Disorders
Editor Bipolar Disorders and Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Editorials Editor & Deputy British Journal of Psychiatry
Dr Malhi has more than 25 years of clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of depression and bipolar disorder and runs the CADE Clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia that provides a state-wide specialist service for mood disorders. As an academic, he holds a full chair at The University of Sydney, and he is the President of the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) and the Editor of Bipolar Disorders – the leading journal in the field.
After gaining degrees in Medicine and Pharmacology from the University of Manchester in the UK, and specializing in psychiatry, initially in Cambridge and then at the The Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals and The Institute of Psychiatry in London, Dr Malhi gained a doctorate from The University of NSW in Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow both of the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), and for his services to the community, he has been the recipient of the RANZCP College Citation and now serves on the College Foundation. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Professorial Achievement Award from The University of Sydney Medical School.
In terms of research, Dr Malhi conducts neuroscientific studies that examine the neural basis of mood disorders and suicide, for which he has received the RANZCP Senior Researcher Award. He is also a sought-after lecturer and for contributions to teaching and education he has been a recipient of the ISBD Mogens Schou Award. Over his career he has published more than 600 papers and 20 books and book chapters and has been formally recognized by Clarivate as a highly cited researcher (top 1%).
Brain Neurotransmitter Imaging and Suicidal Behavior
Biology, Genetics and Epigenetics
|GWAS of Suicide Attempt in Psychiatric Disorders – Findings from Psychiatric Genomics Consortium||Niamh Mullins
Niamh Mullins, PhD
Niamh Mullins is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychiatric Genomics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her research involves conducting large-scale genetic studies of suicide outcomes and bipolar disorder in the International Suicide Genetics Consortium and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. She obtained her PhD in statistical genetics from King’s College London.
|Aggression and Suicide: New Data on Genetics from Spain||Enrique Baca-Garcia
Enrique Baca-Garcia, M.D., Ph.D.
Enrique Baca-Garcia is Chair of the Department of Psychiatry of the Fundación Jimenez Diaz Hospital (Madrid, Spain) that has a catchment area close to a million people. He’s is Profesor Titular at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.
He has published more than 240 peer reviewed papers, most of them about suicide behaviour.
|Inflammation and Suicidal Behaviour||Fatemah Haghighi
Big Data, Registry and EHR in Suicide Research
|Machine Learning and Suicidal Behaviors||
Hanga Galfalvy, Ph.D.
Dr. Hanga Galfalvy is a biostatistician with joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Biostatistics at Columbia University in New York, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Biostatistics (in Psychiatry). She has collaborated on many observational and treatment studies of suicidal behavior, as well as other psychiatric illnesses. Her methodological interests include predictive models for suicide and suicide attempts, analysis of longitudinal data from high-frequency data collections, and the analysis of high-dimensional psychiatric genetics data.
|Catalonia Suicide Risk Code Epidemiology Study||
Philippe Mortier, MD, PhD
Dr. Philippe Mortier, M.D. Ph.D., is a psychiatrist and statistician by training (KU Leuven University, Belgium), and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Health Services Research Group, part of the Epidemiology and Public Health Program of the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) Barcelona, Spain. He is associated with the Centre for Public Health Psychiatry, KU Leuven University, Belgium, and is a member of CIBER in Epidemiology and Public Health (CIBERESP), the largest public health research network in Spain.
Dr. Mortier’s research fields are psychiatric epidemiology and suicide research. He is currently focusing on the development of data-driven Clinical Decision Support Systems for the assessment of suicide risk, using data from the Catalonia Suicide Risk Code Epidemiology Study (codirisc.org), a population-representative nested case-control study of suicide attempts in Catalonia, Spain. He is also an active collaborator in the MIND/COVID project (mindcovid.org), a series of prospective cohort studies aiming to provide representative and actionable epidemiological knowledge on adverse mental health outcomes, including suicidal thoughts and behaviors, during the Spain COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Mortier is part of the WHO World Mental Health International College Student Initiative (https://www.hcp.med.harvard.edu/wmh/college_student_survey.php), a multidisciplinary network of over 150 international leading researchers, where he conducts research on suicidal thoughts and behaviors among college students.
|Follow-up of patients with DSH in California health care registries||Sidra Goldman-Mellor
Population and Systems Based Approaches to Suicide Prevention
|Suicide Prevention in Schools||Vladimir Carli
|The Key Role of Mental Health Services in Suicide Prevention||Merete Nordentoft
|Implementation and Evaluation of National Suicide Prevention Strategies: An Update||Ella Arensman
Suicide Prevention Across the Lifespan
Suicide, Illness, Pain and bereavement
|Suicide in relation to Physical and Psychiatic Illness||Kairi Kolves|
|Physical and Psychological Pain and Risk for Suicide||Olivia Kirtley
Olivia Kirtley, PhD
Olivia Kirtley is a Research Foundation Flanders Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow within the Center for Contextual Psychiatry at KU Leuven in Belgium, where she leads “SIGMA”, a large-scale longitudinal study of adolescent mental health and development using experience sampling methods (ESM). Olivia completed her PhD in psychological medicine within the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory at the University of Glasgow in 2016, on the topic of emotional and physical pain in individuals who think about and engage in self-harm. Her current research uses ESM to investigate dynamic processes involved in ideation-to-action transitions in adolescents who self-harm, with a focus on social processes and future thinking. Her recent work has focused on mapping psychological factors involved in suicide among people with chronic pain, as well as exploring practical, clinical issues with using machine learning for suicide research and prevention. Olivia leads several projects aimed at increasing transparency and reproducibility in clinical psychology research, including designing a pre-registration template for experience sampling research and leading the ESM Item Repository. Olivia also co-chairs the International Association for Suicide Prevention Early Career Group.
|Complicated Grief and Posttraumatic Growth Among Suicide Survivors.||Yossi Levi-Belz|
|fMRI Studies of Grief in Suicide Survivors||Noam Schneck|
Media, Social Media, and Suicide
|Media and Suicide: Building the Evidence Base||Thomas Niederkrotenthaler
Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, MD, PhD, MMS
Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, MD, PhD, is associate professor and head of the Unit Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion at the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His team has coined the Papageno effect which describes suicide-protective potentials of media reporting. He has published more than 150 articles in the area of suicide prevention and has received several grants for his research on media effects. He is the current Vice President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and chairman of the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research , the interdisciplinary platform of suicide researchers in Austria (http://www.suizidforschung.at).
|Cyberbullying and Suicidal Behavior Among Adolescents||Paul Yip
|National Suicide Helplines: opportunities and obstacles||Annette Erlangsen
|Chat hotline and Digital Websites for people at suicidal crisis||Gil Zalsman